Clarence forced a turnover deep in the Williamsville North area and freshman Kyle Pollard turned it into the winning goal for the Red Devils 5 minutes into overtime Tuesday for a 1-0 ECIC I boys soccer victory over rival Williamsville North. Ross Showalter assisted on the winner which Pollard booted over the Spartans' goalkeeper from about 20 yards out.
"Ross Showalter had a great defensive game," said Clarence coach Mike Silverstein. "He forced the turnover and centered it to Kyle."
Pollard is off to a good start with two goals and two assists in the Spartans' three victories so far. It was the ECIC I opener for the Red Devils.
Clarence and North split their season series last year with the Red Devils winnnig 4-1 at home and losing 1-0 at North.
Junior goalkeeper made four saves to gain the shutout for Clarence.
Another showdown between two standout teams ended in a 3-3 tie between host Grand Island and International Prep at Grover. Luke Ailinger scored with three minutes left to send the game to overtime after I-Prep had taken the lead on three unanswered goals, one by Solomon Thang in the first half and others by Thang and Abdullahi Hussain in the second.
Grand Island goalkeeper Steven Pufpaff saved a penalty kick in overtime to keep it tied.
Jamestown ends long losing streak
In other ECIC I action, Jamestown won its first game in the division since a 2013 triumph over West Seneca West with a 1-0 triumph over those same Indians. Jamestown was 0-12 in division play the last three seasons and started 0-1 this season. Michael Andalora scored 45 seconds into overtime to give the Red Raiders the victory. Last season, West Seneca West routed the Raiders twice, 16-0 and 13-0.
Hamburg and Williamsville East, both unbeaten in ECIC II, played to a 2-2 tie in Hamburg. The visiting Flames got the tying toal with 1:15 left in reguloqation. Hamburg's goal came inthe first minute by senior Ryan Miskell and the 30th by junior Tim Oswald.
"The game went exactly as we played for us. It's just unfortuante we couldn't finish them off," said Hamburg coach Tony Schiappa. "We'' see them again in October."
Cullen Ingraham, Seth Heeter and Will McGowan stood out defensively for Hamburg.
"It's a tough result being one minute away," Schiappa said. "They are a well-coached team with hard-working kids that will be tough to beat this year."
Five goals for Dunkirk star
Dunkirk's Emilee Hanlon scored all five goals, including two in overtime, in a 5-3 triumph at Eden in their nonleague match. Kymilondjna Nance had 15 saves for the winning Black Knights. Hanlon, a junior, had 12 goals for Dunkirk last season.
Flames girls edge WS East
Tess Ford scored a first half goal and Alyssa Fabozzi tallied in the second with an assist from Ruby Zhang as Williamsville East opened its ECIC II girls soccer slate with a 2-0 victory over West Seneca East. Sarah Panepento was in goal for the Flames' shutout.
Second half goals by Lauren Olejniczak and Evie Cortez gave Ellicottville a 2-0 triumph over Randolph in girls CCAA East play. Robin Freaney made four saves to the shutout.
Natalie Milne scored three goals and Anna Hills had two in City Honors' 6-0 win over McKinley in their Buffalo Public Schools league opener.
Zoe Harris scored in the 34th minute with an assist from Jenna Kaczmarek and goalkeeper Madison Catalano and her Depew defense made it stand up for a 1-0 nonleague victory at Sweet Home. Catalano made six saves for the Wildcats.
West wins Kenmore marathon
Kenmore West and rival Kenmore East battled through 206 points in their five set match before West's Blue Devils came away with a 3-2 victory in the Niagara Frontier League boys volleyball. East won the first two sets (25-21 and 25-15) before the Blue devils rallied to win, 25-21, 25-22, 15-23,
Ben Bissell led the winners with 17 kills and four aces while Ryan Emler had 21 assists and four blocks. Nolan DeJesue served 10 aces and had six kills to pace the losing Bulldogs.
Stone paces Akron over Nichols
Akron's Abby Stone, a 12-goal scorer last season for the Tigers, had a three-goal hat trick Tuesday in a 7-0 nonleague victory over Nichols. Alexis Bell had a pair of goals for the Tigers.