Top-seeded, No. 1 ranked and undefeated, Clarence got all it could handle from Niagara-Wheatfield on Tuesday night before defeating the Falcons, 3-2, on a goal by sophomore Shannon Carr with 19 seconds left at Hamburg. The win put Clarence in Saturday’s Section VI Class AA girls soccer championship game against Williamsville North at Amherst.
Coach Tom Furminger’s Red Devils trailed until Sydney Cerza, another sophomore, tied the game in the 83rd minute. Carr assisted on that goal, and Cerza helped on the game-winner.
“They played defense really well,” Furminger said of the losing Falcons. “The whole second half they absorbed a ton of pressure. It was a battle.”
North advanced with a 1-0 overtime victory over No. 2 Lockport.
In a Class B semifinal at Amherst, No. 6 East Aurora upset No. 2 Wilson, 1-0, on Makenna Crosson’s goal. Julia Prychodko assisted. Samantha Youngman made nine saves for the shutout.
Olivia Schmidt scored twice in regulation and Alicia Massara had the winning goal in the penalty-kick shootout as No. 2 Holland defeated Allegany-Limestone, 4-3, in a Class C semi at Pioneer. Schmidt also has one of the three shootout goals for the Dutchwomen.
A first for Immaculata
Led by Kim Fohrd’s individual victory in 19:46 at Cazenovia Park, Immaculata clinched the first Monsignor Martin Association cross country regular season title, the first league team championship in the history of the Hamburg school. The Bears wrapped up a 6-0 dual meet season with a 25-31 showdown win over Mount St. Mary.
Taylor Abraszek scored the penalty-stroke tiebreaker in Iroquois’ 2-1 victory over Pioneer in their sectional Class B semifinal at Orchard Park. Abby D’Amato scored four minutes in for Iroquois, but the Chiefs spent much of the remaining time holding off the speedy Panthers.
“Our goaltender, Bri Malczewski, was phenomenal,” said Iroquois coach Pete Tonsoline.
Katelyn Slomba tied it for the Panthers with 9 minutes to go.
“Our kids wouldn’t quit even though they were exhausted. We kind of lucked out.”
Lancers’ Meyer injured
St. Mary’s of Lancaster should have been celebrating the completion of a 16-0 girls volleyball season in the Monsignor Martin Association on Tuesday.
Instead, the Lancers and coach Donnie Pieczynski were dealing with the possible loss for the postseason of star Leah Meyer, who suffered a freak ankle injury in the three-set sweep at Nardin when she ran into the referee’s stand.
“I hope we have enough fortitude to push through without her. We’ve just got to play a little harder,” Pieczynski said.