Close calls for Legends, Red Devils
No upsets in Wednesday’s Section VI boys soccer Class AA quarterfinals, but that doesn’t mean some top seeded teams did not have anxious moments.
No. 1 seed Lancaster (14-2-1) just squeaked by West Seneca West on Jameson Riley’s goal in the 62nd minute. Alex Konst assisted on the game-winner as the Legends defeated West Seneca West for the third time this season without giving up a goal to the Indians (5-9-2).
Things were even scarier for No. 3 seed Clarence. The Red Devils had to go to a shootout to defeat Orchard Park, 2-1, after the teams had battled through 105 minutes.
Andrew Peek gave Clarence a 1-0 lead with he scored at 14:00 of the first half. The Quakers tied it when Andrew Pardi tallied in the 65th minute.
Clarence had a 13-6 advantage in shots and 8-6 on corner kicks in another tight duel with the Quakers.
A week ago, the same teams battled to a 0-0 draw in Orchard Park. Clarence took the first of the two regular season games between the ECIC I rivals, 2-0.
The other top seeds in Class AA, No. 2 Williamsville North and No. 4 Niagara-Wheatfield, also won.
Alex Ritter, Jackson Ritter and Ian Harris scored for Williamsville North (11-3-2) in a 3-0 triumph over Kenmore West.
Noah Seiler scored twice after Austin Wangler got the Niagara-Wheatfield started with a goal in the seventh minute in a 3-0 victory over Lockport. Matt Belardi assisted on two of the goals.
Grand Island passes A-1 test
In Class A-1, top seeded Grand Island, which swept through the Niagara Frontier League season with a 14-0 record, passed its first sectional test, defeating Williamsville East, 3-0, as Troy Brady and Tom Stedman had a goal and assist each. Garrett Robinson also tallied and goalkeeper Lucas Robinson had seven saves.
No. 2 Hamburg got two goals from Max Bailey and single tallies by Justin Weiskerger, Gabe Mastrangelo, Justus Hoffman and Sam Wright in defeating West Seneca East, 6-1.
No. 3 McKinley edged Hutch-Tech, 3-2, on Ah Lam’s overtime goal, his second tally in the game.
Noah Keem and Patrick Hayter scored for No. 4 Sweet Home as the Panthers edged Williamsville South, 2-1, and earned a berth opposite Grand Island in the semifinals at 7:30 Friday night at Tonawanda High.
In Class A-2, No. 1 seed Starpoint (15-1-1) took care of Lake Shore, 3-0, as Sam Wagner scored twice and AJ Wade had the other tally. Jake Ratka assisted on both of Wagner’s goals. The Spartan had a big advantage in shots, 27-6.
No. 2 Iroquois topped Amherst, 3-0, on two goals by Ryan Cass and another by Dominic Allen.
No. 3 Riverside (9-3-1) triumphed over Maryvale, 2-1, and No. 4 Kenmore East edged Lew-Port, 1-0, on Dylan Cunningham’s first half goal.
Falconer’s Steele scores four
In girls soccer, Lackawanna didn’t have long to celebrate its first victory in at least 10 years. The Steelers traveled all the way to Falconer to face the seventh-seeded Falcons in Class B. Falconer won 16-0, as Emma Steele scored four goals and picked up two assists to run her season totals to 25-15 for 65 points, Lexy Alexander had two goals and an assist for Falconer.
The lone seed upset came in girls Class B, where No. 16 Roy-Hart (8-7-2) tripped No. 1 City Honors, 2-0, at Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium on goals by Emma Lindke and Amber Vilella. Marguerite Loughrey made 15 saves for the Rams.
Wilson (15-1), No. 2 in Class B, triumphed over East Aurora, 2-0, on goals by Lauren Couturier and Rachel Senek. Emily Kelly made seven saves for the shutout.
Hope Balling scored three times for Tonawanda in a 4-0 triumph over Southwestern in their Class B prequarterfinal. Amy Farnham had the other goal for the Warriors.
In Class C, No. 3 Frewsburg was the highest seed in action in the prequarterfinals. Janessa Annis and Kaithlyn Blanchard scored three goals each as the Bears routed Barker, 8-0.
Clarence volleyers 13-0 in ECIC I
Clarence, which shares top ranking with Williamsville East in this week’s WNY Coaches’ Poll, swept Frontier in three sets to go 13-0 in ECIC I. Meghan Neelon had 14 kills and Jaide Cummings had 12 digs and three aces for Clarence.