> Finally, Eden knocks off East Aurora
"It's like the Bills finally beating the Dolphins after all those losses," said Eden boys soccer coach Kevin Witman on Tuesday after his No. 5 Raiders scored a 2-1 victory at No. 8 East Aurora in an ECIC IV battle of ranked small schools.
Maybe a little bit of hyperbole, but not much.
"The kids were fired up. It's the first time we ever beat East Aurora," Witman said.
Senior Dan Schichtel scored his second goal of the game and 12th of the season with about five minutes left in the first half to give Eden (7-0-1, 2-0-0 in ECIC IV) the victory.
Meanwhile, defending ECIC IV champion Holland (8-0-0, 3-0-0), ranked No. 2 among small schools, stayed unbeaten with a 5-0 win over Lackawanna. Austin Meyer scored three goals while Joel Pfeiffer had two goals and three assists for the Dutchmen.
Eden visits Holland at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
> Top-ranked Quakers stay unbeaten
Ryan O'Donnell scored both goals in the first half for No. 1 large school Orchard Park (5-0-1, 2-0-1 ECIC I) in a 2-1 victory over No. 5 Lancaster (3-2-1). The Redskins' goal came with about 30 minutes left in the second half.
Nichols (5-1-1, 2-1-0 Monsignor Martin), the No. 1 small school, suffered its first loss, 3-2, to St. Francis, ranked No. 7 among large schools. Ryan Schamber scored the winner with two minutes left in the first overtime for the Red Raiders. Schamber also scored the tying goal with about seven minutes left in regulation.
> Lancaster volleyballers top Clarence
"Holy cow, it was like a boxing match. . . . A great volleyball game the whole night," said Lancaster girls volleyball coach Sue Pernick.
Junior Danielle Martzolf served four points in a row to put Lancaster in front, 22-18, in the deciding game, and the Redskins, ranked No. 1 among large schools, went on to win the game, 25-20, for a tense victory over No. 2 Clarence.
"She's a good server, but she had been a little inconsistent all night," Pernick said. "Then, boom, she turned it on. . . . She just took charge. After that we never looked back. Clarence is a good team and we've got to play them there on Oct. 11."
On Friday, Lancaster faces another big match, a home date against No. 5 Sweet Home.
In another battle of ranked teams from ECIC I, No. 7 Orchard Park (4-3, 3-3) tripped No. 4 Frontier in four games, taking the third and fourth games by 25-15 margins. Katie Kohl had 35 assists and Dana Lingner had 14 kills for the Quakers, who also received great all-around play from Jessica Karan (nine kills).