Eden's strokes of genius
Eden's practice of strokes this week paid off big time in a Section VI Class C field hockey quarterfinal. Seniors Kim LaGreca and Molly Koester scored in a stroke-off as the Raiders beat Roy-Hart, 2-1, on Friday. "We practiced strokes every day this week. We must have had some inkling," said Eden coach Jennifer Carriero. "Thank God we did. We knew in the playoffs you have to end the game, so we just practiced."
The teams played to a 1-1 tie in regulation with sophomore Kaitlin Stillman scoring on an assist from freshman Kelly Telaak for Eden. There was no scoring in the two 10-minute overtimes, so the teams went to the five-player stroke-off.
Eden, along with Holland, plays the regular season in the ECIC small school division with Class A and B schools. For Eden, the tougher competition during the regular season is paying dividends now. "That's what I told my assistant coach: 'Being a C school isn't so bad,' " said Carriero.
Senior Alycia Pici scored twice and Grace Kinsella earned her 10th shutout as No. 2 seed Iroquois advanced with a 6-0 win over No. 10 Williamsville East.
East's best scoring chances came during a 3-4 minute flurry toward the end of the first half, but they still trailed, 2-0, going into the break.
Pici scored just seconds into the second half to help Iroquois pull away.
"They were pressuring us, they got rid of their jitters and they started turning it on right at the end of the half. Alycia's goal was gigantic. She scored right away. It was probably the finisher," Iroquois coach Pete Tonsoline said.
Iroquois (12-5-2) advances to Wednesday's semifinals where it will play Pioneer, a team that beat it, 2-1, in the last regular season game.
Elsewhere in Class B, Alison Ferenczy had a hat trick and goalkeeper Megan Hull earned her eighth shutout as Williamsville South dropped West Seneca East, 4-0. . . . Jessica Franklin had two goals and K.C. Souder added a goal and two assists as Pioneer ousted Starpoint, 4-0. Shelby Wheeler had nine saves to earn her eighth shutout. . . . Erin Edson had five saves as Amherst eliminated Newfane, 2-0.
In Class C, Sam Rew's first-half goal stood up as Wilson blanked Holland, 1-0.
Gowanda, Fredonia win meet
The Gowanda boys and the Fredonia girls won titles at the Chautauqua/Cattaraugus Cross Country Championships at Long Point State Park.
Junior Savantuay Boyette of Jamestown won the boys race covering the 3.1-mile course in 16:26.11. Jeff Rozler of Maple Grove was second in 16:41.37. Fredonia's top finisher was Chris Nielson, who was third in 16:50.68.
The Fredonia girls, ranked No. 6 in the state in Class C, scored 61 points to out-kick Jamestown, which was second with 67 points. Senior Erin Kling of Jamestown won the race in 18:57.62. Allissa Conti was Fredonia's top finisher placing fifth in 20:10.11.
Alden soccer wins in 2 OTs
Brittany Cajka, who led ECIC IV in scoring this season for Alden, is also coming up big in the Section VI Class B girls soccer postseason. Cajka scored both goals giving her 27 this season as the No. 8 seeded Bulldogs knocked off No. 1 City Honors, 2-1, in double overtime. Cajka scored a goal in the second half and tallied the game-winner with 16:28 left in the second OT.
Melissa Coate scored the game's only goal as Allegany-Limestone downed Falconer, 1-0.
Girls tennis finals today
The Section VI Girls Tennis Championships are down to the final four in singles and doubles.
Defending champion Olga Khmylev of Williamsville East plays Franzi Wohlfarth of Frontier while Caroline Bristol of Orchard Park opposes Miranda Podlas of Williamsville East in semifinal matches starting at 3 p.m. at the Village Glen.
The doubles are down to Emma Manuel-Justine Rusk of Williamsville East vs. Andrea Lovrincevic-Jackie Mistretta of Williamsville North and Stephanie Berland-Ellen Meyers of Williamsville South vs. Kelly Mathews-Maddie Robinson of Williamsville North.
The finals in singles and doubles will follow the semifinal matches. The sectionals are also a qualifier for the New York State championships on Nov. 8 at Eastside Racquet Club in Manlius.
OP boys volleyball at 29-0
The Orchard Park boys volleyball team beat Canisius in three games as Mike Stefani had 14 kills and Pat Schwagler added 12.
Canisius was without its top hitter, Alex Mendez, who suffered an ankle sprain in Tuesday's match against St. Francis.
"Mendez was out with an ankle injury. That really took them out of the game right away," said OP co-Matt Lexner. The Quakers enter next week's Section VI playoffs with a 29-0 record.