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High School Extra: Williamsville East's Emily Turton tallies game-winner

Williamsville East’s Emily Turton found herself in the right place at the right time as the senior scored the deciding goal in the Flames’ 2-1 field hockey win over rival Williamsville South.

Turton started the winning play with a corner pass to Grace Pogorzala at the top of the circle. Pogorzala’s shot hit the left post, where Turton was standing by to put the ball in the net with 3:21 left in the second half.

“We always know it’s going to be a fun game when we play South because they’re a good team and we’re a good team, too,” Flames coach Erin Rajczak said. “And we always know it’s going to be a close game. We tied them in double overtime last year.”

Morgan Hjemdahl-Monsen scored the other goal for East.

No. 1 Iroquois improved its record to 5-0 with a 3-0 win at Eden. Sam Gaglio scored twice and Riley DeGrace once. Kylee Ego-Walters earned the shutout.

Close decisions

No. 3 girls soccer large school Williamsville East only scored one goal in its ECIC II game against No. 8 Starpoint on Friday. That’s all the Flames needed to push their record to 5-0.

Ninth-grader Bella Buscaglia scored the goal on a cross from eighth-grader Emma Scalione with 17 minutes to go.

Sarah Panepento earned her fourth clean sheet of the season as East handed the Spartans (6-1, 2-1) its first loss.

In nonleague action, Kathryn Pazderski scored the game-winning goal on a free kick from 25 yards out with less than three minutes to play in the second half to give Orchard Park a 1-0 win at Williamsville South. Rebecca Roman made five saves for the Quakers.

Frontier’s Lauren Kennedy scored the game-tying goal 14 minutes into the second half and Hannah Gorski deposited the winner two minutes into the second overtime to give the Falcons a 2-1 ECIC I win over Lancaster.

Presidents rebound

No. 1 boys soccer small school I-Prep/Grover responded from a 1-0 D’Youville Cup loss to Lafayette on Wednesday with a 3-1 league win over McKinley at Riverside’s Dingboom Field on Friday. Senior forward Abdullahi Hussein had all three goals for the Presidents.

Grand Island scored a 3-0 NFL win at Lockport behind two goals from John Griffin and seven saves from Steven Pufpaff, who tied the school record for career shutouts with 24. Conner Hutton also had a pair of assists for the Vikings.

Thunderous sweep

Mount St. Mary won a battle of Monsignor Martin girls volleyball unbeatens with a sweep of Sacred Heart. Set scores were 25-22, 25-20 and 27-25. Leading the Thunder were Megan Schweickert with eight kills and Sam Hare with 20 digs.

Convincing wins

No. 8 Maryvale came away from its ECIC III boys volleyball matchup at home against No. 6 Starpoint with a convincing victory. The Flyers swept by set scores of 25-13, 25-17 and 25-23.

Tom Frian had 13 kills and three aces, and Jordan Nosal added 11 kills, three blocks and three aces of his own to move Maryvale’s record to 4-0 overall and in league play.

Maryvale visits No. 2 Eden next Friday in another key game.

No. 1 Lockport (5-0, 3-0) remained unbeaten with a three-set win at NFL foe Niagara Wheatfield.

Marc Bixby dished out 18 assists, Sean Denniston had six kills and 10 digs, and Zach Schneider had nine kills and eight aces.

Sharks extend streak to 50

Sacred Heart edged rival Nardin, 261-265, at Glen Oaks Golf Course to record its 50th straight win in Monsignor Martin girls golf.

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