Panthers’ rally is huge
Down a man because of an early-game red card, then trailing 2-0, the odds were against Sweet Home’s boys soccer team Friday in an ECIC II rivalry game at Williamsville East.
“Usually when you’re down a man you play for a tie,” said Sweet Home coach Scott Martin. Not these Panthers.
Sweet Home rallied for three unanswered goals in the second half to defeat the Flames, 3-2. The Panthers played shorthanded for the final 60 minutes and to make matters worse fell behind on two goals early in the second half.
Noah Keem assisted on a goal by Nicholas Peters in the 67th minute to begin the improbable comeback. Keem tied it with an assist from Mack Bluman in the 72nd minute.
“When Keem got that tying goal they lost their momentum,” Martin said. “And our guys went right at them.”
Patrick Hayter scored the winner with Aaron Robinson assisting with 3:51 left.
Chase Eagan scored the tying goal for Orchard Park in the 68th minute as the Quakers and Frontier played to a 1-1 draw in ECIC I. Lorenzo Panerati had given the Falcons the lead in the 65th minute.
Nathan Sorgi scored t wice and assisted on another tally as Iroquois defeated West Seneca East, 4-1, in ECIC II. Ryan Nehls, Max Testa and Dan Madigan had the other tallies for the Chiefs (2-0).
In ECIC III, Depew and Cheektowaga played to a 1-1 draw. Almonther Saleh had the goal for the Wildcats.
Aaron Holler scored twice in Tonawanda’s ECIC III league opener, a 4-2 triumph over Eden. Alex Taylor and Noah Meister had the other Warriors goals. Brandon Gregoire and Cole Klawon scored for Eden.
Phil Ryerse scored three goals and assisted on a fourth for Lake Shore in a 6-1 win over Pioneer in ECIC III.
Jabreel Almontaser and Ali Omari each had a goal and goalkeeper Ali Mosed had 11 saves for Lackawanna in a 2-0 win over Holland in an ECIC IV opener.
Crean strikes again
Talk about clutch. Jenna Crean, who scored in the second overtime to give Orchard Park a 1-0 girls soccer victory over Lancaster on Wednesday, did it again Friday.
The sophomore forward scored one minute into the second half to give the Quakers another 1-0 ECIC I victory, this one over Williamsville North. Alyssa Lutz made five saves for the shutout.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Gruber scored five times in Williamsville South’s wild 6-3 triumph over West Seneca East in ECIC II. Senior Nicole Gruber and junior Ivy Carey had three assists each for the Billies.
Lexi Aquilino and Bella Devine (game winner) scored for Maryvale and goalkeeper Autumn Farino had 10 saves in a 2-1 ECIC III win over Pioneer. Rachael Foote scored for the losing Panthers.
Molly Carpenter had two goals and two assists and Hannah English had a goal and an assist for Randolph in a 5-1 win over Pine Valley. … Kara Seguin scored all three goals for Akron in a 3-1 win over Medina in the Niagara-Orleans League.
Teagan O’Rourke finished with a pair of goals to lead Mount St. Mary to a 6-1 win over Christian Central, improving to 1-1 on the season.
West beats East
Kenmore West swept three games, including a marathon second set, from rival Kenmore East, 25-14, 32-30 and 25-17 in Niagara Frontier League boys volleyball. Carlos Gonzalez had 16 kills and Jake Pray 29 assists for the Blue Devils. … Zach Schneider had seven kills and Jessie Donorovich had six kills and four service aces to lead a well-balanced Lockport attack in a three-set sweep of Grand Island, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18. Treston White and Noah Mullane had five kills each for the Lions. … Chris Pauline had six kills and six digs and Rory Farkas registered three kills and four aces for North Tonawanda in a 25-12, 26-24, 25-21 sweep of Niagara-Wheatfield.
North Tonawanda opened its girls volleyball season in the Niagara Frontier League with a sweep of Niagara Falls. Julie Milbrand led the way with seven kills and 13 aces.