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High School Extra: Clarence boys soccer defeats Lancaster

Clarence avenged the only blot on its record in ECIC I boys soccer Tuesday with a 3-0 victory at Lancaster. The Legends played Clarence to a 1-1 tie earlier this month.

Junior Quinn Neelon scored twice for the Red Devils, including a tally in the eighth minute for a lead that stood up the rest of the half. That goal on a header off a corner kick by Kyle Harsch.

"We worked on corner kicks in practice and it's nice to see results of practice work," said Clarence coach Mike Silverstein. "Quinn’s done a great job all year creating chances for other players but the last two games he’s had five goals."

Neelon’s second goal came off a rebound in the box as did Clarence’s third goal by Chris O’Brien on a loose ball in front of the net."

Junior goalkeeper Kenny Suen made four saves for the shutout. In addition, Suen "did a nice job playing a lot of crosses" to prevent Lancaster scoring chances, Silverstein said. Lancaster has the only goal against Clarence in ECIC I play.

The Red Devils (6-0-1) opened some daylight between them and Lancaster (5-2-1) and Williamsville North (5-2-0) in division play. Clarence plays at North on Thursday edged the Spartans 1-0 in their first meeting.

"We have a nice little buffer now in the league but we always want to go to North and perform well. It's always a great atmosphere," Silverstein said.

Five goals for Akron's Stone

In five years of field hockey for Akron High including three as an All-Western New York selection, senior Abby Stone has had many big games. Tuesday was one of her best yet.

Stone scored five goals and assisted on another in the Tigers’ 7-1 triumph over visiting Wilson in their Niagara-Orleans League game. Undefeated Akron, ranked third in Western New York behind larger schools Iroquois and Williamsville North won its ninth game of the season and is 7-0 in league play.

"Abby owned it from the first whistle and she had amazing support from Olivia Diebel and Amanda Jeziorowski," said Akron coach Mary Borden. "On one goal she took it up the field and dodged every defender the way to the net. Even our opponents were in awe.

"Her hand-eye coordination coupled with her power makes her a force. So many of her goals, you don’t even see the ball. It sounds like a cannon. One game her shot hit the backboard so it came out. One official called no goal, but the other official saw that it went in."

Borden believes that those skills are partly derived from Stone’s play as a catcher in softball.

Tuesday’s goals gives Stone 12 goals and three assists for the season.

In other field hockey: Akron’s Niagara-Orleans rival, Barker, scored a 5-2 non-league win over Sacred Hart. Rachel Hurtgam and Ciara Gregoire had two goals and an assist each for the Raiders.

Gregoire scored her first goal with 36 second left in the first half to put her team in front for good, 3-2.

"That was a key moment for us," said Barker coach Jeff Costello, whose team will host Barker next Tuesday. Akron won their first meeting, 2-1, on Sept. 7.

Lancaster girls upset Clarence

Lancaster upset No.2 ranked Clarence, 1-0, on a penalty kick goal by senior Caitlin von Vreckin with five minutes left in the second half after a hand-ball against the Red Devils. The game had been postponed from Monday at Lancaster because of the heat and moved to the lighted field at Clarence.

"They're very good," said Lancaster coach Chris Cownie. "We did our best to hold them off and wait to catch a break. Sometimes you catch a break and we caught one."

Von Vreckin stepped up confidently and put her shot into the upper left corner.

Lancaster goalkeeper Shea Vanderbosch made 14 saves to preserve the victory.

"We're starting to come together as a team," Palmer said of his team which was ranked in a tie for eighth in this week's WNY large school coaches poll. "Last week we had a big win at Williamsville North. I told our team we're not flying under the radar any more. We are on the radar."

Lancers to play in Garden State

St. Mary’s of Lancaster, the No. 1 ranked small school team in Western New York and probably the best overall, swept three sets from Mount St. Mary, 25-6, 25-21, 25-21, to run its Monsignor Martin Association record to 6-0. Bridget Vogl has 12 digs and Kelly Cleversley 12 kills for the Lancers coach Don Pieczynski.

"It was so hot (we) had to use up a lot playing time from the bench," Pieczynski said.

St. Mary’s will face Mercy of Rochester on Thursday and then compete in the Garden State Challenge at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J. The Lancers were third in that tournament last year after winning it the season before and finishing second in 2014. Penfield of Section V won the Garden State last season.

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