Birzon leads Flames to title
Marissa Birzon increased her season’s goal total to 22, scoring four times as No. 3 ranked Williamsville East clinched the ECIC II girls soccer title with a 6-1 win at Williamsville South.
Birzon had all three goals to lead East to a 3-1 halftime lead. She added her fourth three minutes into the second half. Ruby Zhang tallied and Isabelle Binfield scored her first of the season after that.
Junior goalkeeper Sarah Panepento had six saves for the Flames, who are 10-2 in division play. East owns the tiebreaker advantage of Williamsville South (8-2 ECIC II).
Birzon, who already holds the East career goals record, now has 134 for four varsity seasons.
Iroquois wins on road
Iroquois, ranked No. 1 in the Western New York Coaches Poll in field hockey with an 11-0 record, passed a tough road test Wednesday, edging Williamsville North, 1-0, on the Spartans new turf field.
Taylor Abraszek one-timed a shot off a penalty corner 10 minutes into the second half for the only goal.
Iroquois goalie Abby Greier made seven saves. Greier, a junior, has allowed only one goal this season.
“She came up big,” said Chiefs coach Pete Tonsoline.”One of our worries was we hadn’t faced a lot of shots and we knew sooner or later we were going to be tested.”
North’s sophomore goalie Samantha Mallare had seven saves in a standout performance and had little chance on Abraszek’s goal.
No. 2 ranked Williamsville South (12-0-1) honored its seniors before a 5-0 triumph over Holland. Senior Abby Ferenczy scored three for the Billies. Another senior Leah Czerwinski also tallied.
No. 3 Pioneer triumphed at Starpoint, 2-0, as Riley McMahon scored both goals.
No. 5 Williamsville East defeated No. 10 Lancaster, 3-1, with Jenna Cavalieri, Leah Rogers and Laura Kaplan scoring for the Flames, who will host Iroquois on Friday.
Spartans clinch golf title
Mike Wells and Kevin Halpern each shot 1-over 36 at Audubon to lead Williamsville North over Clarence in a match that clinched the ECIC Large Schools North Division boys golf title for coach John Burns’ Spartans. Tyler Durfee shot 39 and Collin Mack 40 for North, which won its second league title in a row and fifth in six years. Richy Felber led Clarence with a 36.
Pioneer girls take first
Pioneer, which went undefeated the last two seasons in winning the ECIC III girls soccer championship, took sole possession of first in the division with a 2-0 triumph over visiting Starpoint. Rachel Foote scored her 11th goal of the season and Erin Byers her 10th as the Panthers improved to 8-1 in the division. Starpoint is 6-2-1.
“Byers had a timely goal,” said Pioneer coach Frank Asquith. “It came with about 2ø minutes to go in the game and took the pressure off.” Foote had scored with three minutes to go in the first half.
“We’ve had a solid year,” said Asquith, whose team lost 35-goal scorer Meghan Root with a preseason injury.
Samweli Ndikubago and Chris Krakoze had three goals each for Bennett/Middle Early College in a 7-1 win over da Vinci.
Clarence spikers rally
In boys volleyball, Clarence dropped the first two sets then rallied to defeat Orchard Park in their ECIC I match at Orchard Park. The Red Devils rallied for 25-17, 25-19 and 15-11 victories. Henry Payne led Clarence (12-3, 7-2 ECIC I) with 43 kills. Tyler White had 12 kills and Shawn Trznadel 62 assists.
St. Mary’s of Lancaster needed five sets to defeat Mercy-V in Rochester last week. They did it in three sets on Wednesday, 25-20, 25-20 and 25-23, as Caitlyn Meyer had 17 kills and Jill Vitale 31 assists.