The stage is set for the biggest field hockey match yet of the Western New York season after No. 1 ranked Iroquois and No. 2 Williamsville North each won on Monday to remain undefeated.
Coach Pete Tonsoline's Iroquois Chiefs triumphed 3-0 at Starpoint to run their record to 11-0 and extend their unbeaten streak against WNY competition. Iroquois did not lose last season until it had reached the state Class C semifinals.
Olivia D'Amato and Riley DeGrace scored first half goals and Sam Gaglio added one in the second in Iroquois' 3-0 victory at Starpoint.
"We were a little sluggish, but Starpoint did what it had to do to slow us down," Tonsoline said. "It was homecoming weekend at our school and I think we might have had a little too much homecoming."
"We run the gauntlet now," Tonsoline added, looking ahead to remaining ECIC games against North, Williamsville East, West Seneca West, Williamsville South and Amherst to close out the regular season schedule.
Meanwhile in Eden, coach Andrea Maslowski's North Spartans triumphed 4-0 to run their record to 11-0. Sophomore Emma Roland scored a first-half goal for North. Junior Kylie Rosen, junior Jordan Cooper and Roland tallied in the second half. Roland had the assist on Rosen's goal and junior Bre Shannon assisted on Roland's second of the game.
Fifth-ranked Williamsville East triumphed at Hamburg as Holly Schmelzer scored in the first half off a pass from Jenna Cavalier and assisted on Laura Kaplans's goal to open the scoring in the second. Emily Turton and Morgan HJelmdahl-Monsen also scored for the Flames. Hjelmdahl-Monsen added an assist. Hannah Nurse made four saves for the shutout as East improved to 8-3. Schmelzer leads East with 12 goals on the season. Hamburg is winless in nine games.
Flyers’ Aquilino passes 100 goals in soccer
Senior captain Lexi Aquilino, the all-time goal scoring leader in Maryvale girls soccer history, passed the 100-goal career mark Monday in the Flyers’ 8-3 ECIC III triumph at Lake Shore. Aquilino scored four goals and has four assists in the vic tory increasing her season totals to 25 goals and nine assists. The only 100-goal scorer at Maryvalle, Aquilino now has 103 career tallies.
Megan Root's 31st goal of the season with 6 minutes left gave Pioneer a 1-0 victory over Holland in a nonleague game between ECIC teams. Rachael Foote assisted on the game winner. Pioneer (12-0-1) stands in first place in ECIC III while Holland is first in ECIC IV, one game in front of Tonawanda.
Pioneer had a huge territorial advantage in the play despite the score. The Panthers outshot the Dutchwomen, 16-3. Junior Madi Perry stood out in goal for Holland.
First place Clarence slipped by Lancaster, 1-0, in ECIC I girls soccer on a goal by Emily Jebens in the 27th minute of the second half. The Red Devils are 8-1 in division play two games in front of Williamsville North. Clarence won both matches against North this season.
Williamsville North, which has a key ECIC I battle against Orchard Park coming up on Wednesday, triumphed over Sacred Heart, 7-0, in a nonleague, public school-private school matchup. Candice Kasahara scored twice for the Spartans, ,who took advantage of the Sharks' relative inexperience.
"They have a young team with something like 12 sophomores," said North coach Doug Kircher. Sacred Heart started the season with only five holdovers from its 2016 team.
Frontier volleyball wins at GI
Frontier, the first-place team in ECIC I and ranked fourth in this week's Western New York Coaches Poll, traveled to Grand Island for a nonleague boys volleyball match against the Vikings. The Falcons dropped a gruelling first set to GI, 29-27, then came on strong to win three straight sets, 25-21, 25-14 and 25-7 over their Niagara Frontier League opponent. Ben Taylor had 23 assists for Frontier while Colin May had 10 kills. Grand Island is in third place in the NFL behind undefeated Lockport, the No. 1 ranked team in Western New York, and North Tonawanda, also undefeated but unranked in the Coaches Poll.