Birzon smashes goals record
Marissa Birzon needed two goals against visiting Lake Shore on Tuesday to set the Williamsville East girls soccer career goals record. She needed less than half the game to do it.
Birzon scored four times in the first half, giving her 78 goals in less than three full varsity seasons to break the record of 76 by Jenny Griffin, who completed her career in 2007. Birzon has 16 goals with the Flames’ ECIC II regular season schedule half over. East (5-1) is tied with Williamsville South (5-1) and Iroquois (5-1) for first place in the division.
“Marissa is really fast and over the last couple of years she has worked on her shooting,” said East coach Chris Durr. “She scores with both feet.
“She’s definitely one of the best players I have had coaching or watching. She’s very humble. She’s a little embarrassed by the picture and all the fanfare, but it’s a nice accomplishment,” added Durr, who has been coaching at East since 1997.
Birzon has two or more goals in six of East’s seven games so far. She also has five assists.
Last year she set a Flames single-season goals record with 38.
Only a junior, Birzon has the remainder of this season and her senior season to add to her career total. She started playing for the varsity as an eighth-grader, but missed a good portion of her freshman season with illness.
Alicia Hood had two goals and Ruby Zhang had a goal and assisted on two of Birzon’s goals, including the one that broke the record in the 14th minute. Tess Ford had a goal and two assists for the Flames. Goalkeeper Sara Panepento needed three saves to record the shutout.
Five goals for Chiefs’ star
Meanwhile, another ECIC II soccer scoring star, Grace Kulniszewski of Iroquois, scored three of her five goals within an eight-minute span in the first half as the Chiefs defeated Hamburg, 8-6, in a wild affair to keep up with the division leaders.
Akron hockey blanks Wilson
An upset winner over perennial Niagara-Orleans League field hockey champion Barker last week, Akron scored another big win in league play Tuesday, defeating previously unbeaten Wilson (4-1-1), 2-0, on first half goals by Abby Stone and Heather Cummings.
Stone rifled one into the net less than two minutes into the game and Cummings scored from the left wing at the 15-minute mark. Maddy Krzykowski, a junior, had her sixth shutout of the season.
“It was a huge game for us,” said Akron coach Mary Borden. “My defense was kind of tough, holding Wilson to two shots on goal. They did have five penalty corners, but we defended them well.”
Cierra Janis led the defensive effort. “She was like a steel wall in the backfield and moved the ball real well up the field,” Borden said.
Barker (4-1-1) defeated Medina, 3-0, to tie Wilson for second place.
Worth noting …
Mike Kessler led the way with a 36 for nine holes at the Country Club of Buffalo as Williamsville North shot a school record 225 in a boys golf victory over Williamsville South. Coach John Burns’ team topped the 226 school record shot last season. South had 312.
Lexi Aquilino broke the Maryvale girls soccer record for goals in a game, scoring six times in the Flyers’ 7-1 nonleague triumph over Buffalo Seminary. Aquilino also had an assist in the victory.
Emily Rand was an all-around standout for Nardin with 17 kills, 12 digs and three service aces as the Gators (4-0) stayed unbeaten in Monsignor Martin girls volleyball by sweeping three sets from Sacred Heart,
Clarence girls soccer (7-1 and ranked No. 1 among Western New York large schools) hits the road Wednesday for a game against Rochester-area opponent Webster Schroeder after a 7-0 ECIC I win over Frontier on Tuesday. Sydney Cerza had two goals in the victory.