Holley Stiller, a first team All-Western New York selection last year, got the deciding goal in the shootout to give Iroquois a 2-1 victory at Clarence in ECIC play. Coach Pete Tonsoline's team is 3-0 in conference play and is the only team in ECIC III with an unblemished record.
Senior Libby D'Amato gave Iroquois the lead halfway through the first half, but Clarence tied it a few minutes. It stayed 1-1 throughout the rest of regulation time and overtime, necessitating the shootout.
"We lost 11 players from last year, but we have 10 back," Tonsoline said. "Our problem is inexperience in our depth. We have seven sophomores who are kind of learning to play at this level."
Goalie Abby Grier made five saves for the Chiefs. She had help.
"Holly Stiller and Lydia Aroune had a great game at halfback. So did our sweep Taylor Quinn. They were a force to be reckoned with," Tonsoline said.
Amherst rebounded from its loss to Orchard Park and defeated Lancaster, 4-2, in field hockey, Olivia Cinquinio had two goals and Casey Adimey had two assists for the Tigers (3-1).
"We were really happy the way the girls stepped up their play in regards to decision-making, pace, and ultimately shot selection," said Amherst coach Laurie LeGoff.
"Our midfield Adimey, Elizabeth Jacobia and Bridget Lenahan were really the difference," LeGoff said. "They pushed it up, set the tone and distributed the ball and put a fair amount of pressure on Lancaster. Our loss was to Orchard Park. We learned from that and made adjustments."
Kelsey Robertson scored three goals in Holland's 5-0 victory over East Aurora.
Lancaster volleyball edges OP
Lancaster, the Class AA runner-up to Clarence last season, went to Orchard Park and took a hard-fought victory over the Quakers, 23-25, 25-14, 30-28 and 27-25.
"It was awesome," Lancaster coach Becky Edwards said of the scene at Orchard Park. "The crowd was screaming, the intensity was high. It could have gone either way. We pulled it out with the final two points."
Senior defensive specialists McKenna Guari, who served the winning point in the third-game victory, also served for the point that clinched the match. Julia Kurowski made the kill off a set by senior Samantha Moll.
Kurowski had 12 kills in the match, Katie Becht had 16 digs and Kate Kozak 13 kills for the Legends, who are ranked third in this week's coaches' poll. Orchard Park was ranked fourth.
"The third game was just a battle, point for point," Edwards said of Lancaster's 30-28 win.
"Orchard Park has a very good sophomore, Abby Ryan, who is on fire for them," Edwards added. "They had a very tough services. They got us pretty good in the first game on their serve.
Flames volleyers now 3-0
Makayla Greenfield had 31 assists and three aces and Rachel Staffan registered 17 kills and six digs for No. 1 ranked Williamsville East in a 3-0 triumph over Williamsville South in their ECIC II girls volleyball match. East is 3-0.
In boys volleyball, No. 1 ranked Lockport easily swept past Kenmore East, 25-2, 25-11, 25-13, as Jesse Donorovich and Zach Schneider had 11 kills each for the Lions (3-0, 2-0).
No. 1 Clarence shuts out OP
Clarence, ranked No. 1 among large schools in boys soccer, scored an impressive 5-0 victory over Orchard Park, getting two goals from Ross Showalter.
Jack Novotny scored twice and Tristan Spillane had a pair of assists in Maple Grove's 4-0 triumph over Falconer/ Cassadaga Valley in a battle of undefeated teams in CCAA West boys soccer.
Pioneer's Root gets No. 100
Senior striker Meghan Root of Pioneer scored her 100th career goal adding to her school record in the Panthers' 2-0 victory over East Aurora in a first-place battle between ECIC III girls soccer teams.
Root scored both goals for the Panthers and Erin Byers assisted on each. Both came in the first half with No. 100 coming in the 26th minute.
Pioneer is 6-0 overall and 3-0 in division. East Aurora (4-1-1, 4-1-0) suffered its first loss.
"It was a good battle. They played us tough," Pioneer coach Frank Asquith said. Jasmine Sims made six saves for the shutout.
Von Vreckin leads Legends
Caitlin VonVreckin scored once and assisted on Lancaster's other goals in a 4-2 victory over Williamsville South in ECIC girls soccer. Alison Jurkowski, Julia Vanaskie and Raelyn Stranc had the other goals for the Legends. Stranc assisted on Von Vreckin's goal. Shea Vanderbosch made seven saves in goal in Lancaster's first victory of the season.
Jordan Jaworski made 13 saves for West Seneca West, but it was not enough to hold off Orchard Park in the Quakers' 2-0 ECIC I victory.
Destiny Satkowski scored five goals in Medina's 6-0 victory over Roy-Hart in Niagara-Orleans league girls soccer.
Abby Kane scored once and assisted on goals by Julia Baldonado and Eve Bierl in Hamburg's 3-0 nonleague triumph over Mount Mercy.