Juniors Maggie and McKenna Crosson of the East Aurora girls soccer team are identical twins, and they caused double trouble for City Honors in the B-1 semifinals.
Maggie had two goals and McKenna had two goals and an assist in a 5-2 win.
“Maggie was hurt for seven games,” Blue Devils coach Mark Nojaim said. “This is her third game back.”
It was an odd game on the scoreboard, as City Honors took an early 2-0 lead. East Aurora then tied it at the half, and made an adjustment in their alignment.
“That slowed them down,” Nojaim said. “We shut them down in the second half. I don’t think they had a shot.”
Newfane will join East Aurora in the B-1 finals after a 5-0 win over Alden. Kayleigh Daniels had a hat trick, while Madalyn Traverse recorded the shutout.
It will be Wilson and Fredonia in the B-2 final. Wilson took care of Tonawanda by a 4-1 count, while Fredonia edged Southwestern, 2-1.
Nardin wins thriller
The finals are set in the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association. In the A Division semifinal, Nardin defeated Mount St. Mary, 1-0. Nardin did everything but score in this one, taking 20 shots along the way. Emma Zielinski had only two saves in earning the shutout. But Mount St. Mary proved pesky, and only Sydney Scello could score a goal with Emma Gervase picking up the assist. Nardin moved to 14-1.
The opponent will be Nichols, which went to a shootout to defeat Sacred Heart. The regulation game was tied, 3-3, and overtime didn’t settle matters. The Vikings, though, had a 3-2 edge in penalty kills, and that was the difference. Eliza Roach had two goals and an assist for Nichols, while goalie Bella Simoncelli finished with 15 saves. Sacred Heart has won both of the regular season meetings between the teams.
The championship game will be played next Sunday afternoon at Niagara University.
In the B division, Buffalo Seminary edged St. Mary’s of Lancaster, 2-1, in a semifinal. There wasn’t much to choose between the teams, as it took two rounds of penalty kicks to determine a winner.
Samantha Kane got credit for the game-winning goal for Buffalo Seminary (7-2), while Nichole Nobrega also scored. Grace Cloherty finished with 13 saves.
In the other semifinal, Cardinal O’Hara dominated Niagara Catholic, 4-1. That final also will be at Niagara next weekend.
Blue Devils and Presidents
It will be East Aurora and I-Prep/Grover in the finals of the B-1 boys soccer tournament. The Blue Devils, seeded second, knocked off Newfane, 4-0. Bryce Schiltz had a goal and two assists, while John Putney, Alec Vaccare and Josh Denz also scored. Pat Philips contributed two assists. The Panthers had been unbeaten entering the game.
But waiting is I-Prep/Grover, the top seed. The Presidents blasted Riverside, 7-1, to move on to the final.
In Class B-2, Lafayette moved on with a 4-2 win over Medina. The Violets had to wait until late Saturday night to find out who their opponent would be in the final. It’s Lackwanna, which defeated Southwestern, 1-0, in that semifinal contest.
In Class D’s semifinals, Jack Snyder scored the lone goal as Ellicottville edged North Collins, 1-0. Awaiting is Pine Valley, 4-1 winners over Franklinville.
The best for now
The Section VI pairings in volleyball have been announced. In boys play, the top seeds are Lockport (Div. I), Williamsville East (Div. IIA), and Eden (Div. IIB.). Competition begins with some prequarterfinals on Friday. On the girls side, Clarence (Class AA), Grand Island (A), East Aurora (B-1), City Honors (B-2), Akron (C-1), Portville (C-2), and North Collins (D).
In action on Saturday, Maryvale’s boys team took home the championship of the Grand Island Tournament. The Flyers swept St. Mary’s in the title matchup. Maryvale had defeated North Tonawanda in three sets in the semifinals, while St. Mary’s did the same to Grand Island. Jordan Nosal of Maryvale was picked as the most valuable player. Also on the all-tournament team were Thomas Frain (Maryvale), Eric Brown (St. Mary’s of Lancaster), Blake English (St. Mary’s of Lancaster), Ryan Tetreault (Grand Island) and Trevor Book (North Tonawanda).
In the Hamburg Tournament, Griffin Schmit of Canisius was the MVP as the Crusaders took the championship. Canisius downed St. Francis in two straight sets in the final. The All-Tournament
Team consisted of Zach Gerken (Frontier), Alex Andrzejewski (Hamburg), Sean Taggart (St. Francis), Connor Cummings (St. Francis), Chas Palka (Canisius), and Devin Joslyn (Canisius).
Quakers, Devils win
Orchard Park captured the ECIC Class AA girls swimming championships, defeating Clarence, 364-336. Alyssa Helak of Williamsville North won two events (200 free and 100 back), as did Allie Stockwell of Jamestown (50 free and 100 free).
In the Class A competition, East Aurora took home the team title. The Blue Devils finished with 475 points, well ahead of Starpoint’s total of 412.5. Four East Aurora swimmers took double wins in individual events: Mary Dunbar (200 free and 500 free), Mary Zagrobelny (200 IM and 100 breast), Mary Brinker (50 free and 100 free), and Shelby MacSwan (100 butterfly and 100 back).
Conover finishes first
Grey Conover of Clarence (16 minutes, 48 seconds) won the boys large school cross-country event in the Clarence Fall Classic in Akron. The Red Devils were third, the top local school. In the small school race, Gowanda was third to lead local entries.
In the girls large school race, Clarence finished second to V-Penfield. Lewiston-Porter was second to Honeoye Falls-Lima among small schools.