When Akron and Roy-Hart went into overtime during its Niagara-Orleans League field hockey match on Thursday, coach Mary Borden’s undefeated Tigers assured her that they had everything under control.
And they were right, as Abby Stone’s overtime marker gave Akron (7-0, 6-0) a 3-2 home win over the Rams (4-3, 4-2).
“Roy-Hart had a phenomenal game,” Borden said. “I’m proud of both teams playing amazingly aggressive but keeping it clean. ... The officials came up to both of the coaches after the game and said it was the best field hockey game they’ve seen this season.”
Akron’s Rebecca Breymeier and Alexis Bell opened the scoring before Alexis Lovewell and Danielle Kozma tied it up prior to halftime.
Defender Amanda Jeziorowski started the game-winning play by carrying the ball down the field and doing a reverse sweep at the top of circle to Stone, who then did a reverse flip to score with 2:15 left in the 10-minute OT.
“I just sat right down on the ground,” Borden said. “It was amazing.”
Elsewhere, No. 7 Clarence scored an upset win over No. 3 Williamsville East, 2-0.
Jordan Shalke and Gabriella Walsh scored for the Red Devils, and Quinn Laczkowski made four saves for the shutout.
Lions roll on in NFL
No. 1-ranked Lockport continued its dominance in boys volleyball with a sweep (25-14, 25-21, 25-14) of Niagara Frontier League foe Grand Island.
“The first and third games we played well,” Lions coach Liz Smorol said. "It was super hot in the gym and it showed in game two. Just a lot of mental errors, but we picked it back up in game three.”
Setter Marc Bixby led the offense with 20 assists and also had three blocks. Zach Schneider had 14 kills and Jesse Donorovich added 11 kills, eight digs and four blocks.
Next for Lockport is the Sweet Home Tournament on Saturday. Strong teams Hamburg and Clarence, among others, are in the field.
Lancers sweep again
The St. Mary’s of Lancaster girls volleyball team didn’t play spectacular on Thursday, but it didn’t need to in a sweep of Sacred Heart.
“Sacred Heart’s the second-best team in the league right now,” coach Don Pieczynski said. “We did what we had to do.”
Summer Slade recorded 14 kills, Hannah Mulhern 13 kills and Jillian Vitale 39 assists.
The team will get a day off Friday to rest up for the 40-team Victor Tournament in Rochester.
I-Prep, Grand Island triumph
Two goals each from Abdullahi Hussein and Kint Kabangira helped I-Prep/Grover get out to a 5-0 lead and ultimately a 5-1 boys soccer victory at D’Youville Cup rival Riverside.
Hussein scored his first goal 3:02 into the game and also assisted on Kabangira’s first at the 60:43 mark.
Grand Island knocked off previosuly-unbeaten North Tonawanda, 3-1, to pick up its best win of the season.
Luke Ailinger scored twice for the Vikings. Foreign exchange student David Bilek from the Czech Republic scored the opening goal.
NT’s Zach Yim scored the equalizer early in the second half.
Galley nets five
Jayna Galley scored what’s believed to be a school-record five goals for Holland in its 7-2 girls soccer win at Tonawanda.
Galley had all three goals to give her team a 3-2 lead at the half. Abby King added a goal and five assists.