The Williamsville North boys soccer team saw its season-long unbeaten streak of 22 games come to an end Saturday in the Class AA Far West Regional at Caledonia-Mumford.
V-Webster Thomas handed the Spartans a 2-0 setback, scoring second-half goals on a penalty kick and a header.
"I'll take our first loss being in the state quarterfinals. We've got a lot to be happy about," said Spartans coach Lee Ferenc.
What Ferenc wasn't happy about was the penalty kick called on his team that led to Webster Thomas' first goal. After a scoreless first half, Mike Reidy scored on a penalty kick with 30 minutes left.
Ferenc said a Webster Thomas player was coming on net when his sweeper went straight at him and took the ball off his foot. The player fell to the ground and the referee saw it as a flagrant trip. "It was a hard tackle and a little bit of a delayed call," said Ferenc. "Pretty much everyone in the stands went nuts. It wasn't anything cheap. He went in and challenged him."
North pulled up a defender to add another striker trying to answer Webster Thomas' first goal. Instead, Webster Thomas scored again on a header by Matt Schuber.
North, ranked No. 1 the state for most of the season, ended its season 20-1-2.
Class B: Steve Salcedo scored at the 10:29 mark of the second half with an assist from Andy Tiedt in Akron's 1-0 win over V-Bath. It was Salcedo's 12th goal of the season. Salcedo got the ball from Tiedt on a cross and scored into the lower left-hand corner from 6 yards out.
Class C: V-Red Creek eliminated Holland, 4-0.
Chantae Miller scored two minutes into the game and Allie Ahearn added an insurance goal as Williamsville North (21-0) beat IV-Greene, 2-0, in a double regional game played at SUNY Oneonta. Nicole Lewis recorded her 18th shutout. "I like the way the kids are playing," said coach Kris LaPaglia. "We kept the ball off Greene's sticks. We had to play really smart and keep possession of the ball."
Eden put together one of its best matches of the season, beating V-Midlakes in three games to win the Class B Intersectional match played at Shenendehowa High School. It was the Raiders' fourth title in a row. Steve Klein had 13 kills, Ryan Meller added 12 and Andy Kiel had seven blocks as the Raiders finished 22-8.
"We just did not make mistakes," said coach Robert Pierce. "We gave up no more than two or three points on a run and that was the key. Everything was clicking."
Orchard Park was beaten by Burnt Hills in the Class A final.
Section VI suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of Section V at Saturday's Far West Regional games played at Amherst.
In Class AA, Kenmore West lost, 3-1, to Greece Arcadia despite jumping to a 1-0 lead. East Aurora ended its season at 18-5 after a 2-0 loss Pittsford-Mendon. Maple Grove fell in the Class C game, 5-1, to Caledonia-Mumford.
When St. Mary's lost its best player, it also lost any real chance of defending its New York State Catholic volleyball title. Junior Allyson Severyn, the Player of the Year in the Monsignor Martin Association, suffered an ankle injury in the Lancers' first pool play match of the day. St. Mary's, Nardin and Sacred Heart represented the MMA at the 24th annual event held at York College in Jamica.
St. Mary's beat Bishop Malloy in the first game, 25-23, but in the second game Severyn landed on the side of her foot and had to be helped off the court. St. Mary's lost the second game, 25-7.
St. Mary's was then eliminated after losing two-game matches to Sacred Heart of Long Island and league rival Sacred Heart.
"We scrapped, but we couldn't get it done," said coach Don Pieczynski. "Emotionally, the kids couldn't handle it. It was a big blow."
Sacred Heart and Nardin advanced and will meet in the semifinals today.
Michael Morse led a Section VI sweep at the Regional Championships at Brockport.
The Clarence senior won the all-around, pommel horse, floor exercise and vault. Jonathan Zirna, an eighth-grader from Clarence, won the rings and parallel bars.