Hamburg earns fourth shutout
The Hamburg field hockey team has yet to be scored upon this season. Andrea Goldbach had a hat trick in support of goalkeeper Taylor Wolf's 6-0 shutout of East Aurora on Monday. Liz Vesneske added a goal and three assists.
Wolf has been in goal for all of Hamburg's wins, which have come against Williamsville South, Amherst and West Seneca West. "She's very agile, very aggressive and she's not afraid of the ball," said Hamburg coach Kelly Owens. "She's a real leader on the field, which is huge for us." Hamburg's next game is Wednesday at Clarence.
Holland takes over first place
Senior center/midfielder Jeremiah Pfeiffer had two goals, including the game-winner with 13 minutes left, as No. 3 small school Holland edged No. 2 Lackawanna, 3-2, to take over first place in ECIC IV boys soccer.
Forward Sam Pagano scored Holland's first goal, giving him four this season, as the Dutchmen moved to 3-0-1. The Steelers (3-1-0), the defending ECIC IV champions, got goals from Majed Mohamed and Abdul Ali.
"It was pretty evenly matched," said Holland coach Rob Booker. "We had a lot of through balls that opened up some opportunities to keep their defense back. I would say they played with confidence and came out hard in the first and second halves. No matter what the scores were in other Lackawanna games, they didn't let that bother them."
Lackawanna won both meetings last year.
W.S. East surprises Sweet Home
Scott Barrett scored the game's lone goal on a feed from Garrett Rehner as West Seneca East upset Sweet Home, 1-0 in ECIC II boys soccer. The Panthers (2-1) entered the game ranked No. 4 in WNY and No. 12 in state in Class A.
"Our midfield play did not allow them to counter and we were able to shut down their scoring opportunities, said East coach Joe Sorrentino. Brandon Lorenz has eight saves to earn the shutout.
Cheektowaga and Maryvale played to a 1-1 double overtime tie in ECIC III. Maryvale entered the game ranked No. 3 in the Western New York coaches poll and were No. 7 in the state in Class A. With only 14 players on the roster, Cheektowaga's Warriors tied Eden and beat Depew.
"I never thought I'd say this, but it was a nice tie for us," said Cheektowaga coach Matt Haberl. "Two years ago we won a championship (ECIC III), last year we only won two games, so coming in this year, the expections were low for us. My kids are just over-achieving as a team. They're going out there, playing together, it's great to watch."
Tom Hinshaw scored a first-half goal for Cheektowaga (2-2-1). Maryvale answered with 8 minutes left in the game on a goal by Zach Hermanski. Cheektowaga goalie Mateusz Ruskiewicz (18 saves) stopped a point-blank breakaway attempt late in the game.
*Parker Healy scored the game winner with 4 minutes left and set up the tying goal with 11 minutes remaining as East Aurora handed Amherst its first loss, 2-1, in ECIC II boys soccer. The Blue Devils improved to 5-1 overall while Amherst fell to 4-1.
*Eric Tatar had a pair of goals, including the game-winner two minutes into double overtime, as Canisius edged Nichols, 3-2, in Monsignor Martin Association boys soccer. Matt Lee had the assist on Tatar's goal.
*Brian Matusak scored the game's only goal 9:25 into first half on an assist from Brandon Galanti as Frontier outlasted Williamsville North, 1-0.
St. Francis golf charts course at 5-0
Cory Cullen and Chase Parker each carded 38s at the Buffalo Tournament Club in Lancaster as the St. Francis golf team won a rain-shortened 19-3 match with St. Mary's. The last two points were not awarded as the school's No. 5 and No. 6 players didn't finish because of deteriorating weather conditions.
The unbeaten Red Raiders (5-0) have a grind-it-out week as they're facing Timon twice, Nichols and defending playoff co-champion Canisius.
St. Francis plays Nichols at the Country Club of Buffalo on Thursday. In the first meeting, St. Francis won on the last hole as Ryan Fishback sank the final putt for the 14-10 win.