Junior wing Samantha Gaglio scored four goals Monday for Iroquois in a 5-0 win over East Aurora and the Chiefs moved on to the semifinals of the Class B sectional field hockey playoffs. Coach Pete Tonsoline No. 2 seeded team in the playoffs and No. 1 overall in the Western New York Coaches' Poll will face Williamsville East on Wednesday at Orchard Park in the next round. Iroquois defeated the Flames, 3-1, in their regular season match.
Senior Hayley Fonfara had the other Iroquois tally while senior Taylor Abraszek had three assists and Holly Stiller and Chantel Gauthier each had an assist. Iroquois goalkeepers Abbi Greier and Lily Fones, both juniors, were called on for one save each in 30 minutes.
Junior attack C.J. McDermott scored twice and freshman attack Jenna Cavalieri had two assists for Williamsville East in a 4-2 triumph that eliminated 2015 Class B champion Amherst on the Flames' home field. Amherst defeated Iroquois in the 2015 Class B championship.
Pioneer (15-2) the No. 3 seed in Class B defeated Hamburg, 2-0, as senior Sidney Green and junior Riley McMahon each scored. Senior Katelyn Slomba assisted on both goal for the Panthers, who will face No. 2 seed Williamsville South in the other semifinal on Wednesday at Orchard Park. No. 2 South (15-1-1) triumphed, 2-0, over Sweet Home as sophomore Elisabeth Sidorski scored a goal and senior goalkeeper Delaney Gillman was called on for only two saves.
In Class C, No. 1 seed Akron (13-0) advanced to the semifinals with a 7-0 victory over Niagara-Orleans League rival Medina (1-12). The Tigers, who have allowed only three goals all season and none in their last five games, will face Eden in the semifinals on Wednesday at Clarence. Akron is the defending Class C sectional champion.
Eden defeated Roy-Hart, 2-0, in its quarterfinal on Monday with Skylar Kennedy and Molly Congiliosi scoring. Demetra Jacobs was in goal for the Raiders' shutout
Barker, last year's runner-up, will play Wilson in the other semifinal. The Raiders (10-3) advanced with a 5-0 triumph over Holland (4-14). Wilson defeated Newfane, 2-0, despite a 21-save performance by the Panthers senior goalkeeper Mia Ludwig. Barker and Wilson split 2-0 games in the Niagara-Orleans League regular season.
Lancaster (6-10-2) earned a berth in the Class A final four with a 3-0 triumph over visiting Kenmore (2-12). Juniors took care of all the Legends' scoring on goals by Jenna Grazen, Angela Conte and Emily McEwin. Another junior, Isabelle Licata had two assists. Another junior, Emma O'Leary also had an assist. Lancaster will face No. 1 seed and defending sectional and regional Class A champion Williamsville North in one semifinal at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at Orchard Park. No. 2 seed Clarence and No. 3 Orchard Park will meet in the other semifinal at 7:30 p.m.
Class AA boys soccer at Sweet Home
The large schools in boys soccer swing back into action when the Class AA sectionals resume with semifinal games Tuesday at Sweet Home. Kenmore West, which upset No. 2 seed Williamsville East last week will face No. 3 seed Lancaster in the first game. No. 1 Clarence and No. 4 Orchard Park will meet in the 7:30 p.m. game. Clarence defeated the Quakers 1-0 and 3-0 in their regular season ECIC I games.
Allegany-Limestone defeated Portville, 4-0, in the first game of Monday's Class C semifinal doubleheader at Pioneer. No. 1 seed Randolph defeated Holland, 3-0, in the late game. Allegany-Limestone will go for its second straight Section VI Class C title at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Sweet Home.
North Collins advances in girls soccer
In Class D girls soccer sectional playoff semifinals at Dunkirk, No. 2 seed North Collins overwhelmed Franklin, 7-0, and will face No. 1 seed Ellicottville, the defending champion, for the sectional class championship at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Dunkirk. Emma Kron scored three goals and added two assists while Destiny Neamon had two goals and two assists for the winning Eagles.
Ellicottville (11-5) averted an upset at the hands of winless Pine Valley, edging the Panthers, 1-0, in Monday's other semifinal at Dunkirk.
Eden tops Quakers in five sets
Eden hosted Orchard Park in their annual nonleague boys volleyball battle, and the Raiders won in five sets, 25-13, 25-23, 18-25, 24-26 and 15-9.
"It was one of those knock-down, drag-out, momentum-shifting affairs I expected and hoped for," said Eden coach Richard Pierce. "We hadn't played a five-gamer all year so the experience we gained is crucial going into the playoffs."
Collin Rigley had 18 kills for the Raiders and sophomore setter Gavin Musielak had 43 assists and seven digs.
"Gavin is playing outstanding for us," said Pierce. "He's doing a great job of getting us into to position to score. He's our quarterback ... He's a hard-working young kid who's not fazed playing with the seniors."
Lancers win Lancaster showdown
St. Mary's of Lancaster went five sets to defeat Lancaster, 24-26, 25-19, 25-16,22-25 and 25-11 in their town girls volleyball rivalry. Senior Caitlin Meyer had 26 kills and junior Jillian Vitale had 49 assists for the Lancers.
"It was the toughest match we’ve had in a month," said St. Mary’s coach Don Pieczynski. "It was their Senior Night and they were revved up. They played well and we just eked it out."