Senior standout Bryce Schiltz scored at 12:12 of overtime Wednesday to give East Aurora coach Kevin Beale his 300th coaching victory. It was a sweet one, a 1-0 nonleague triumph over Canisius at the Crusaders' Complex in West Seneca.
Since becoming coach in 1997, Beale has led the Blue Devils to 10 sectional titles, two in Class A. Last year East Aurora was runner-up in Class B-1.
"I want to thank a lot of people," Beale said, naming the Arsenal Soccer Club of East Aurora a summer program that has sent many players on to the Blue Devils varsity. "I've had a lot of great student-athletes. I'm fortunate to be there for a long time. I'm fortunate to be in a great community."
"We were a young team last year," Beale said. "This year, defensively we've been solid, haven't given up a goal yet. We've been rotating a lot of players in the back and our playmakers Jack Bean and Bryce Schiltz have been a great 1-2 punch for us.
Schiltz is in his fourth year as a starter at center-midfield and was ECIC III Player of the Year and a first team All-Western New York selection in 2016when he scored 15 goals with 13 assists.
Bean, a senior, assisted on the winning goal by Schiltz. Bean returned to the team after a year of playing for the US Academy and missing the season before because of injury.
"It was a nice pass from his buddy, Jack Bean and a nice shot from outside left about 18 yard away," Beale said of Schiltz's goal.
"Today was big. We were being outplayed in the first made and we made a couple of changes in the second half, " Beale said. "Canisius beat us last year. We tied them the year before and we had an overtime loss the year before that. It was a nice win for us because they are always tough."
Senior Tom Stankowski scored two first half goals and Todd Marzec added another before the break as St. Joe's went on to a 4-0 victory over Bishop Timon-St. Jude in the Monsignor Martin Association opener for both teams at Tifft Farms. Enzo LaSala scored in the second half for the Marauders and Dom Grecco was in goal for the shutout.
The Marauders have a non-league match against Iroquois today before a Saturday Monsignor Martin encounter with Nichols.
South girls top Orchard Park
Four different Williamsville South players scored Wednesday in a 4-0 nonleague victory over Orchard Park. Sarina Mansouri, Anna LOrenzo, Elizabeth Sidorski and Mary Zells scored the Billies' goals. Zells also had an assist on Lorenzo's goal. Ella Smithers (two saves) and Zee Leering (1 save) split the
goalkeeping for South.
Nardin, Sacred Heart win league openers.
Defending champion Nardin opened its league play in the Monsignor Martin Association with a 7-1 triumph at Mount St. Mary's. Allyson Evoniuk scored four times for the Gators while Brigit Molloy had a goal and two assists in the victory.
Sacred Heart edged Mount Mercy, 1-0, on Lindsay Gazda's goal to open its league season. Alex Miller had 14 saves to gain the shutout for the Shariks. Ella Mazzara assisted on the winning goal.
Flames sweep Hamburg
Williamsville East did not lose a set in winning the ECIC II and a third consecutive Section VI Class A girls volleyball title last season. The Flames swept three sets at Hamburg Wednesday but it wasn't easy, 25-20, 25-20 and 26-24.
Senior setter Makayla Greenfield led the Flames with 28 assists while junior outside hitter Rachel Steffan had 23 kills and 10 digs.
Roy powers Springville volleyers
Senior middle hitter Carolina Roy was strong at the net for Springville. She had 15 kills and 12 blocks in the Griffins victory over Lake Shore, 25-18, 25-18, 25-18.
North wins field hockey opener
Williamsville North, the two time defending sectional Class A field hockey champion, hosted Pioneer and rolled to a 6-1 victory. Junior attack Jordan Cooper scored three times, and senior midfielder Catherine Angiers had two goals and an assist for the Spartans in the season opener under the lights.