In what could be a postseason preview down the road, current No. 1 Iroquois and No. 5 Williamsville East played to a scoreless draw in field hockey in front of what Chiefs coach Pete Tonsoline described as a “playoff atmosphere.”
Play was pretty even throughout the game, with both teams registering about eight shots on goal.
“They had six in the first half and we reversed it with six in the second half,” Tonsoline said. “It was real even all the way. There were some close shots, but both goalies came up with nice saves.”
Hannah Nurse earned the shutout for the Flames, while Abby Greier was in net for the Chiefs.
After 80 minutes of regulation play and another 10-minute session of seven-on-seven overtime, both teams scored three out of five times in the shootout.
“Both defensive squads played it really tight in overtime,” Tonsoline said. “Nobody slipped behind the defense. ... They were up in the shootout and it came down to my last shooter. She had a great shot to tie it.”
This marks the end to a tough week of competition for the Chiefs, who lost to No. 2 Williamsville North on Wednesday, 3-2.
“We weathered the storms,” Tonsoline said. “I’m going to have a nice weekend relaxing.”
In what was a back-and-forth game until the final whistle, No. 9 Lancaster came away with a 1-0 win against No. 10 Sweet Home. Jill Blas scored with six minutes left in the game. Peyton Bulera made eight saves for the shutout.
Orchard Park’s Gina Conte scored with 40 seconds left in overtime to lift the Quakers to a 2-1 win at Starpoint. Jessie Peters scored OP’s other goal early in the first half.
Jenna Woods scored three times and Marnie Reidell had two assists in Williamsville South’s 4-1 win at Hamburg. Woods leads the team with 10 goals this season.
Nardin breaks through
All five goals were scored in the second half of Nardin’s 3-2 Monsignor Martin Association girls soccer victory against Sacred Heart.
The Gators struck first, with Sacred Heart tying it about 15 minutes later. Nardin went on to score twice more before the Sharks added their second late. Brigid Malloy had a goal and assisted on the goals by Arielle Huber and Olivia Jerge.
Elswhere, Molly Tobin had all four goals for Kenmore West in a 4-0 win against Niagara Falls. Christina Wende had an assist on two of those markers. Alanna Semple recorded the shutout for the Blue Devils.
Crusaders shut out Nichols
Canisius boys soccer remained unbeaten in Monsignor Martin Association play with a 2-0 shutout at Nichols. Eamon O’Brien and Derek Bartlo each scored, while Connor Garrett had the clean sheet.
The Crusaders visit St. Joe’s this coming Thursday in a game that could decide the regular season title. The teams tied, 0-0, back on Sept. 18.
Sharks escape island
No. 9 small school Sacred Heart extended its winning streak to five games in girls volleyball with a three-game sweep at No. 6 large school Grand Island. Set scores were 25-17, 26-24 and 25-16.
Lauren Aichinger had eight kills and five blocks, while Taylor Jakubik added six aces for the Sharks.
In ECIC III boys volleyball No. 5 Maryvale won a five-game match at No. 10 Starpoint. Set scores were 22-25, 26-24, 25-16, 23-25 and 15-12.
Jordan Nosal led the Flyers with 18 kills, 11 digs and five aces. Tom Frain added 13 kills, and setter Nate Zawadski totaled 32 assists.
Amherst Cross Country Championships
Amherst’s boys cross country team and Williamsville South’s girls team came away with titles in the Town of Amherst Championships raced at Grover Cleveland Golf Course. Other schools competing included Williamsville East, Williamsville North and Sweet Home.
South runners won both of the races individually, Amberlee Robertson for the girls in a time of 19:17.87 and David Bergamasco for the boys in 16:25.90.
Amherst’s Ely Personius came in second in the boys race with a time of 16:49.74.