Spartans stay perfect
Junior Katlyn Carpenter wasn't even a full-time keeper on the JV last season, but she's made a successful transition to the position for the Williamsville North girls soccer team.
Carpenter earned her third shutout of the season as the visiting Spartans earned a 2-0 win over Williamsville South on Wednesday.
"She worked very hard at the position over the summer and has been a pleasant surprise for us," coach Doug Kircher said of Carpenter.
Sophomore Alexis Kroese scored on a direct kick 15 minutes into the game to provide the winning goal for the Spartans (5-0).
"Even though it was nonleague, this was a good matchup for us," Kircher said.
> Flames still unbeaten
Becky Fedak scored both of her goals in the first 11 minutes of Williamsville East's 3-1 victory over Hamburg in ECIC II play. Fedak, a junior attack, was the Flames' second-leading scorer a year ago and is off to a strong start in 2009. Jenna Reilley lost her shutout bid for the host Flames (4-0, 3-0 ECIC II) in the final 15 seconds.
Seniors Alexa Krebs and Alex Rohloff each had a goal in Clarence's 3-0 win over Lancaster in ECIC I. Krebs and Rohloff are fourth-year varsity players for coach Tim Liffiton's squad.
"They're players we can utilize all over the field," Liffiton said. "When they're on and playing together, they're a force."
Sophomore Emily Davidson made four saves to earn the shutout for the Red Devils.
"We were coming off a tough loss [to Williamsville North] and we wanted to rebound," Liffiton said. "I thought we played our best game of the year."
> Lancaster takes showdown
The Lancaster girls volleyball program earned a measure of revenge over Frontier, the team that ended its seven-year sectional title run last year, but the Redskins didn't exactly look at it that way.
"Our kids said it's a new year and we need to put last season behind us," Lancaster coach Sue Pernick said.
The Redskins did that Wednesday with a thrilling five-set victory, finally taking the last game, 25-11.
"It was the seniors who really came through," Pernick said. "Leadership comes through in big games like this."
Outside hitters Brittany Anthon and Nicole Texido combined for 46 kills, set up mostly from setter Julia Gangloff off good passes from libero Sara Stack.
Lancaster (3-1), ranked third in The Buffalo News' large-school poll, dropped its home opener to Orchard Park last week. Those three schools are expected to jockey for position all season at the top of ECIC I.
"It's three great programs," Pernick said.
Frontier (2-2), currently ranked first, fell to Orchard Park on Monday.
> Lions make statement
Lockport senior Matt McCoy needed 26 goals entering the season to become the Lions' all-time leading boys soccer scorer. He picked a good time to net a pair of those Wednesday. McCoy's two goals pushed the Lions to a 3-1 win over fifth-ranked large school Grand Island in the Niagara Frontier League.
"He was just all over the field," Lockport coach Jeff Hulshoff said of McCoy. "We needed to make a statement in this game, and he led that."
McCoy's first goal was a strike to the upper-left corner from about 20 yards out that the Grand Island keeper had "no chance on" according to Hulshoff.
McCoy scored again later in the first half to retake the lead for the Lions (1-2-1 overall, 1-1 NFL) before the defense of Jim May, Mark Senay, C.J. Ralyea and Adam Wright did the rest in the second half.
> Kenmore West takes rivalry match
Tied at 2-2 with their crosstown rival Kenmore East and going into the third set at second doubles, Kenmore West girls tennis coach Anne Husvar made sure her team of junior Kelsey Faulise and freshman Haley Diamond knew exactly where they stood.
"I just told them, 'This is for the match,' and they went out and did a great job," Husvar said after Faulise and Diamond earned a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 win for the deciding third point. West improved to 3-1 in the Niagara Frontier League.
"It's always a big deal when you play your rival," Husvar said. "I'm sure the rematch [Oct. 2] will be just as intense."
> Three football games tonight
Two teams ranked in the large school top 10 are in action while there is also a battle of 2-0 teams as three football games kick off tonight.
Williamsville South (2-0), ranked fifth among large schools, hosts rival Williamsville North (0-2) at 7 p.m.
A few miles down Main Street, No. 8 Hamburg travels to Amherst in a Class A battle of unbeatens in another 7 p.m. kickoff. At 4:30 p.m., Williamsville East kicks off at Kenmore East in a meeting of teams seeking their first win.
> On the Web
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