Tess Ford scored on a penalty kick in the 17th minute and Williamsville East went on to a 1-0 victory over visiting Hamburg in a battle for first place in ECIC III girls soccer.
A Hamburg player swept the ball away with her hand, giving Ford the penalty kick try. It stayed 1-0 the rest of the way, even though East had some scoring opportunities.
"We hit two crossbars and a post," said East coach Chris Durr. One of the near misses was a header off the post by freshman Bella Buscaglia and a shot off the crossbar by eighth-grader Emma Scalione. "Emma was all over the place on offense.
"It was a great girls soccer game with end-to-end action. Both teams played really well and their goalie made some nice saves."
Hamburg (5-1 ECIC II) gets a shot at squaring things when they host the Flames (7-0, ECIC II) next Tuesday. East was ranked third among large schools in this week's WNY Coaches Poll while Hamburg was ranked sixth.
Vikings win, NT ties in NFL
In a Niagara Frontier League boys soccer showdown, Grand Island triumphed, 2-1, at Kenmore East to take sole possession of first place in the Frontier Division. Nick Kam had the game-winner for the Vikings (7-3-3, 7-1-2). David Bilek also scored for GI.
First-place North Tonawanda (6-1-2) was held to a 1-1 draw at Lockport (2-4-2) in the NFL's Niagara Division. Reilly Boyer had the goal for Lockport in the 28th minute with an assist by Anthony Haak. Vincent Chiodo tied it for NT in the 47th minute.
Lancers celebrate cross-country return with a win
Cross-country returned to St. Mary's of Lancaster after 10 years without a team and the Lancers had something to celebrate on Wednesday – a one-point victory over Cardinal O'Hara in a triangular meet with St. Joe's at Como Park.
St. Joe's dominated its Monsignor Martin rivals as expected by St. Mary's derived some satisfaction with a 28-29 victory over the Hawks.
O'Hara's Tom Appenheimer was the first-place finisher but St. Mary's runners came in places 2-4-6-7-9.
Elijah Lavarnaway was the first Lancer to finish the 5K course with a time of 19:14. Parker Fay, Zachary Ash and Jaton McCartney were next as the Lancers made a bit of school history.
Charlie Planz, who was the successful coach at the now-defunct Immaculata Academy, coaches the boys and girls cross country at St. Mary's as well as the track and field teams for both in the spring.
St. Mary's top Rochester foe
St. Mary's No. 1 ranked girls volleyball team scored a 25-20, 25-20 and 25-18 victory over Mercy of Rochester in their final prep for this weekend's appearance in the Garden State Challenge in Teaneck, N.J.
"This one of of the big matches of the year for us," said Lancers coach Don Pieczynski.
Jillian Vitale had 34 assists, Summer Slade and nine kills and 11 digs and Kelly Cleversley had 10 kills for the winners.
South, Iroquois win in hockey
Jenna Woods scored both goals for 10th ranked Williamsville South in a 2-1 field hockey victory over No. 4 Amherst. Keegan Gillman made six saves in goal for the Billies. The outcome left the teams tied for first place with 5-3 records in ECIC II play.
No. 1 ranked Iroquois (9-0) cleared a major hurdle with a 2-0 victory over visiting Orchard Park. Riley Grace and Hannah Grucza had the goals for the Chiefs.
I-Prep tops Hutch
First-place International Prep at Grover (5-1-0 D'Youville Cup I play) triumphed over Hutch-Tech, 4-1, as Abdullahi Hussein scored twice and Lee Reh had a goal and three assists. I-Prep is the No. 1 ranked team among small schools in this week's WNY Coaches Poll.