No. 2 Flames top No. 1 in four sets
It was No. 2 versus No. 1 and No. 2 won.
Williamsville East, ranked behind Clarence in this week’s Western New York Coaches’ Girls Volleyball poll, defeated the Red Devils in four sets Monday night. Coach Michael Braunscheidel’s team already had clinched the ECIC II championship and stands 15-0 on the season. The Flames will wrap up their season with Senior Night Tuesday against rival Williamsville North. It was the first loss for Clarence, now 15-1.
Senior Carly Shifflet comes from a family known for its achievements in football and wrestling. The granddaughter of longtime WNY coach Joe Shifflet had 24 kills and 16 digs in the victory. Junior Lexi Novak contributed 21 kills and four aces.
A defensive standout was libero Sam Mendelsohn, a senior. She had 33 digs in the match.
“It certainly was nice to have No. 1 versus No. 2,” Braunscheidel said. “It should set both teams up for success in the playoffs.”
Class AA soccer showdowns set
The Lancaster boys and Clarence girls captured the ECIC I soccer championships. Now they put their No. 1 seeds on the line Tuesday in semifinal games in the Section VI Class AA playoffs.
Two boys semifinals are scheduled at Hamburg. No. 2 seed Williamsville North (12-3-2) will face No. 3 Clarence (12-3-2) at 5 p.m. No. 1 Lancaster (14-2-1) will meet No. 4 Niagara Wheatfield (13-3-1) at 7 p.m.
The girls semis will be at Depew with No. 1 Clarence (15-2-0) facing No. 4 Niagara-Wheatfield (12-3-1) at 7:30 p.m. after No. 2 Lancaster (10-5) faces Frontier (11-6) at 5:30 p.m.
Two blemishes on the Lancaster boys’ record are a 1-0 loss to Williamsville North and a 2-2 tie with Orchard Park. The other loss was to Greece-Athena of Section V, 2-0. Parker Shetler leads the Legends with 14 goals and nine assists for 37 points.
Two of the Niagara Wheatfield losses were to Class A Grand Island, the top ranked team in Western New York. The Falcons have allowed only 11 goals all season with 11 shutouts. In their last eight games they have given up two goals. Junior Tim Calkins is the starting goalkeeper. Matt Bellardi (12 goals, 7 assists for 31 points) and Noah Seiler (11-6-28) lead N-W.
Ian Harris (18-5-41) is the top scorer for Williamsville North, which split two one-goal decisions against Clarence during the league season.
Two of Clarence’s losses were to ECIC champion Lancaster. Sam Sutherland (12-3-27) leads the Red Devils’ attack.
Only losses on the books for the Clarence girls were to Baldwinsville of Section III and Webster-Schroeder of Section V.
Senior co-captain Sydney Cerza, the all-time leading goal scorer for the Red Devils, has 25 goals and 13 assists for 63 points with Lauren Cullinan (11-6-28) and Riley Bowers (10-9-29) often joining in.
Eight of the Niagara Wheatfield girls’ wins were shutouts. Their three losses were to Grand Island (2) and Starpoint. Senior captain Danielle Chatten is the scoring leader with 23-5-51.
The last four games for the Lancaster girls were shutout wins with Anya Achtyl, the goalkeeper. Abbey Lombard (13-4-3) and Molly Preston (22-4-36) lead the Legends in scoring.
Taylor Gehen (11-2-24) leads the attack for Frontier.
A-L reaches Class C boys soccer final
Senior Brad McAfee scored three goals and assisted on another for Allegany-Limestone in a 6-0 Class C Section VI boys soccer semifinal victory over Olmsted.
The No. 2 ranked Gators (14-2-1) will face No. 1 seed Westfield/Brocton in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Hamburg.
Senior Brad Reed and senior Cole Davis had two assists each for A-L. Freshman goalkeeper was called on for just one save in the shutout.
Allegany-Limestone’s losses were to No. 1 sectional Class D seed Ellicottville and Southwestern. The tie was a scoreless draw with Ellicottville.
Olmsted finished 10-7.
Ray Amborski scored both goals in a 2-0 victory over Holland. It was the 15th straight win for Westfield/Brocton after a 1-1 tie against Ellicottville in the season opener.
Niagara Catholic wins playoff title
Niagara Catholic lost twice, once in overtime, to St. Mary’s of Lancaster in Monsignor Martin A League boys soccer. Monday, the Patriots (14-4) avenged those two defeats with a 3-0 victory over the Lancers in the league playoff championship game in Lancaster.
Zach Socha scored a goal five minutes into the game and Tom Hamilton and Keith Muldoon scored second-half goals for Niagara Catholic, which will face the IAC playoff champion at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday at Niagara University to settle the championship among Western New York small private schools. Devin DeFrank assisted on all three Patriots goals, while goalkeeper Colin Winkler made eight saves.