Lafayette boys soccer truly has arrived. Last month, the Violets opened some eyes with a 1-0 over defending D'Youville Cup League I champion International Prep at Grover. Wednesday, they did it again.
The Violets built a 3-0 first-half lead and went on to a 3-2 victory over the Presidents at Johnnie B. Wiley Pavilion. Lafayette stands alone in first place in the Buffalo Public Schools top league.
Junior Yeremia Mbungelwa scored all three goals for coach Brad Brodnicki's team (8-3-1, 7-1-0 D'Youville Cup I).
Songolo Kashindi assisted on Mbungelwa's first goal at 8:22. The second tally was unassisted. The third came just 30 seconds left in the first half with Mee Reh assisting.
Abduhllahi Hussein and Ahzet Sher scored in the second half for I-Prep, with Sher's goal coming in the last two minutes. Both goals came off free kicks.
I-Prep (5-3-1 in league play) went 12-0 in the league last season and 11-1 the season before with the only loss to Hutch-Tech.
"I'm proud of my team. They're playing really well and our star player is still out," Lafayette's Brodnicki said. "We have seven seniors so I hope this is our turn to have a run and win some games in the sectionals."
Spartans knock off No. 1 Chiefs
It was No. 1 versus No. 2 in a battle of unbeaten field hockey teams Wednesday and Williamsville North (12-0) ended Iroquois' winning streak against Western New York opposition, 3-2, in Elma. Iroquois had won 30 straight against area teams since losing, 1-0, to Amherst in the 2015 Class B sectional championship game.
North struck early to take the lead on a goal by sophomore Emma Roland at the 5-minute mark, Jordan Cooper assists. The Spartans added another tally before halftime when Catherine Angiers tallied with an assist by Roland.
"We were ready, right from the start," said North coach Andrea Maslowski.
The Spartans built the lead to 3-0 with Roland assisting on Bre Shannon's goal six minutes into the second half.
"Iroquois came at us pretty hard after that, like I knew they would," Maslowski said. Samantha Gaglio scored with an assist from Morgan Tucker and Riley DeGrace made it a one-goal game on a penalty stroke.
"We're showing a lot of grit. It's been a fun ride so far," said Maslowski.
Crean's OT goal wins for OP
Jenna Crean scored with less than a minute to play in the second overtime to give Orchard Park a 2-1 girls soccer win at Williamsville North. With the victory, the Quakers took over second place in the ECIC I standings behind No. 1 ranked Clarence.
"It was a really nice play," said Orchard Park coach Mike Graffeo. "There was a throw-in in the North end and the ball got knocked back to Kasey Hollins and (Crean) headed it in."
Orchard Park (6-3 ECIC I) had a half-game lead over North (6-4) in the division standings. North won the first meeting at OP, 2-0. The Quakers will face first-place Clarence on Saturday afternoon at Orchard Park.
It was the sixth goal of the seaason for Crean, a junior and a track sprinter who is learning to use her speed on the soccer pitch.
Hollins, also a junior, scored in the first half for the Quakers, her eighth of the season. Senior goalkeeper Alyssa Lutz made eight saves for OP.
Senior forward Jenna Schelble scored five times, giving her 19 goals this season, in Springville’s 6-1 ECIC III victory over Cheektowaga.