Deja vu for Eden
It's just one of those freak things, but Eden's boys soccer team will take it for now.
The Raiders improved to 3-0 Wednesday by beating defending Section VI Class C champion and traditional local soccer power Holland in overtime, 3-2.
Frank Barone's second goal of the game proved to be the game-winner as Eden has won each of its games this season in overtime by the same score. This was the Raiders' second comeback triumph after falling behind, 2-0.
"I hope this [overtime games] doesn't become something that happens all the time," Eden coach Tom Wall said. "It's great when we win but I'd like us to do it in a little bit better fashion.
"They [Holland] have a really solid team. They played a really good game. We just squeaked one out."
The Raiders did that in their ECIC IV opener behind Andy Grenier's goaltending as he finished with 15 saves, including several during a second half controlled by the Dutchmen, Wall said.
Barone scored his second game-winner in as many contests, booting in a Chris Partridge pass off a corner with five minutes left. Zach Arnold also scored for Eden.
Elsewhere, Zach Pontrello, Derek Maier, Jason Falk and Scott Berardi scored for Clarence (3-0), which won its ECIC I opener over Frontier, 4-0. Hunter Hein and Pranav Joshi shared the shutout for the Red Devils, which has seven returnees back from last year's state Class AA runner-up.
"We were able to score early and forced them to play more offensive minded," Clarence coach Mike Silverstein said. "Once we did that we were able to get behind them and get more chances."
Pioneer beats OP in overtime
Pioneer has a smaller roster than usual this season, but the Panthers do have six returnees -- all seniors -- from last year's Section VI Class B field hockey runner-up squad. They had a nice dramatic start to the new season Wednesday afternoon.
Jess Franklin's second goal of the game with 43 seconds left in sudden-victory overtime lifted Pioneer to a 2-1 triumph over Orchard Park in the ECIC opener for both teams.
Franklin scored off an assist from Alicia Williams off a nicely executed penalty corner. Franklin dished the ball to Williams at the top of the circle to start the play and was wide open when she received the return feed from Williams.
"She took it right to the cage and put it in the far post. It was a great shot," said coach Jana Landahl, who's in her 24th season with the Panthers and has only 15 players on the roster -- small by Class B school standards. "It's a big win for us because they're an A [sized] school and we'll get some nice power points. It was nice to start out with a win this year."
The Quakers led, 1-0, at halftime on Casey Young's goal. Franklin, a senior, tied it with 16 minutes left in regulation.
In a rematch of last year's Class A championship game, defending Section VI champion Williamsville North routed Hamburg, 4-0, behind two goals and an assist from Allie Ahern.
Jacumski, Clarence just win
Victoria Jacumski just missed setting the school record while winning the 500-yard freestyle (5:21.35) during Clarence's 108-73 nonleague win over East Aurora in girls swimming. She missed the school mark in the 500 by a second, according to coach Russ Sampson. She hit the automatic qualifying mark for the Section VI meet in both events.
Casey McClaren also hit Section VI meet time marks in winning the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly for EA.