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High School Extra: Lafayette scores big soccer win over I-Prep

Lafayette coach Brad Brodnicki called it a win over his "nemesis." Actually International Prep at Grover Cleveland's boys soccer teams have been a nemesis for every team they've faced in the Buffalo Public School's D'Youville Cup play in recent years.

The Violets handed I-Prep its first D'Youville Cup loss since 2015, edging the Presidents 1-0 on In Seit's goal 8:02 into the second half Wednesday at Delaware Park.

"First time we beat them in the eight years I've coached," Brodnicki said of the victory over I-Prep, which has become a dominant team in the Buffalo league. "It was a big win for me, at least. They've been my nemesis for eight years. It's a big load off."

Seit's goal came off an assist by Harmar Sa.

"It was a tic-tac-toe play," Brodnicki said. "Midfield over to the forward, back to the midfield and over to the forward. Nice play."

"We played solid defense today," Brodnicki said, mentioning junior Salman Mohamed and senior Eid Dirir.

I-Prep last lost in D'Youville Cup play to Hutch-Tech, 1-0, in 2015. The Presidents were 12-0 in league play last season and won their opener over Hutch-Tech.

Lafayette is 3-1-0 in league play with the loss to McKinley (4-0) last month.

In other D'Youville Cup action, junior goalkeeper Soe Soe Aye stood out as Hutch-Tech scored its first victory over Riverside in coach John Jakiel's tenure, 1--0. Ndagano Gloire scored the winning goal and then Aye held off the Frontiers.

"He had some amazing saves," said Jakiel, who estimed that Aye's save total was 10. "He's really coming into his own in his abilities as a goalkeeper.

Lackawanna won its fourth straight in ECIC IV boys soccer, defeating visiting Tonawanda, 3-0. Senior forward Abdulhamid Albaneh scored twice for the Steelers while junior Ibrahim Albakri was in goal for the shutout.

Lions volleyball triumphs

No. 1 ranked Lockport triumphed (25-6, 25-8, 25-13) in a non-league match against Orchard Park in the headline game on Wednesday's boys volleyball schedule. Zach Schneider had 12 kills and 12 digs and Sean Denniston had 12 digs as the Lions won their fourth without a loss.

No. 3 ranked Canisius went out of the Monsignor Martin Association for a nonleague match at North Tonawanda and got as much as it could handle -- for a while. The Crusaders squeezed out a 27-25 win in the opening set then took charge, 25-11 and 25-15 against the Lumberjacks as Troy Good had 16 kills and two aces and Matt Donnelly had 12 kills. Trevor Book led the 'Jacks with seven kills and three blocks and Alex Roy had five kills and four digs.

Clarence, the frontrunner in ECIC I girls volleyball, triumphed, 3-0, over Williamsville North in a division match. Jaide Cummings had eight kills, two blocks and 14 digs in an all-around performance in a sweep over the Spartans, 25-20, 25-17 and 25-22.

Molly Bleech had four kills in Orchard Park's sweep of West Seneca West, 25-10, 25-18, 25-16.

Flames triumph in field hockey

No. 3 ranked Williamsville East, which has lost only to rival Williamsville North, scored three times in the first half and went on to a 4-1 triumph at West Seneca East. Holly Schmelzer, who leads ECIC II with four goals, scored once and assisted on a first-half goal by Emma Stoddard in the Flames' victory. Chelsea McNamara and Arika Notaro had the other goals for Coach Erin Rajczak's team.

Emma Roland scored twice and assisted on the other goals in Williamsville North's 4-1 triumph over Williamsville South.

EA sub comes through

Senior Anna Cashmore, who is a contributor off the bench for East Aurora's girls soccer team, did just that Wednesday. Cashmore scored unassisted in the first half in the Blue Devils' 1-0 victory over in a nonleague game at Amherst.

"She won a battle for the ball and beat the last defender and the goalie," said EA coach Mark Nojaim, whose team is 5-1-1 overall with the lone loss at Pioneer on Monday night.

"We pretty much controlled the first half," Nojaim said. "In the second, Amherst was great. They had a lot of possession but couldn't score."

Goalkeeper Gretchen Stoll had five saves for the winners.

No. 1 Clarence rolls on

No. 1 ranked large school Clarence keeps on winning. Emma Faso scored in the first half and Cassie Bykowicz tallied in the second as coach Dave Steffan's Red Devils triumphed 2-0 over visiting Orchard Park in their ECIC I match. Senior Grace Fabian had four saves for Clarence, which outshot the Quakers 13-5. Fabian has not been scored on in three ECIC I victories by Clarence.


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