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High School Extra (Sept. 16): Will North boys soccer takes down No. 1 Clarence

North takes down No. 1 Clarence

No. 3 Williamsville North has flown below the radar even though it’s the defending Section VI Class AA boys soccer champion.

The Spartans (6-0-1, 5-0-0) will be hard to ignore now as they took down top-ranked Clarence, 1-0, at North on Thursday. Matt Lindamen’s first-half goal off a Max Carrol assist proved to be the difference. Donovan Reed made nine saves for the shutout.

“We have a young team,” second-year Williamsville North coach David LaMastra said. “There were a lot of questions. This is a big win for us.”

Clarence (5-1, 3-1) pressured hard the last 20 minutes but failed to beat Reed or North’s defense.

Frontier earns rewarding victory

Frontier hasn’t experienced much success in boys soccer over the years, but the Falcons (3-3-1. 1-3-1) have already won as many games as they did last year and earned a pizza party.

Frontier matched last season’s win total in just its seventh game by earning a 5-0 home win over Jamestown in ECIC I. Sophomore Jonah Kozak had two goals and an assist. Seniors Drew Fiutko and Nyles Linsley scored their first career goals. Tommy Notto made nine saves for the shutout.

Coach Rich Kozak promised his team pizza and wings for homecoming if they completed 300 passes. The Falcons did better than that, completing 352.

Timon football subdued in Texas

Bishop Timon-St. Jude held its own for more than a quarter, but unbeaten Permian (4-0) of Odessa, Texas, scored the game’s final 41 points to hand the Tigers (0-3) a 55-12 nonleague football loss.

Matt Myers’ 16-yard TD run with 7:43 left in the second quarter pulled Timon within 14-12. Earlier, he completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Joe Harrison. But Permian quarterback Steve Steen rushed for two TDs and passed for another before the end of the period as the hosts led 35-12 at halftime.

Burgio, Neelon receive honors

Eden’s Sam Burgio and Clarence’s Meghan Neelon have been selected to the “The 150” Senior Aces list. The directory highlights the top USA-based scholastic female senior recruits.

Burgio, the reigning state Gatorade Player of the Year, is one of 20 selected for her skills as a defender. The Maryland commit is in her sixth season and has helped the Raiders win five state titles. Neelon, the Alabama commit, is among 37 setters on the list. She helped Clarence reach the state semifinals last year.

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