There’s a new top dog in ECIC II boys soccer.
No. 5 large school Williamsville East snapped No. 10 Hamburg’s four-year streak with a 2-1 win under the lights at East’s renovated turf complex. The last team before Hamburg to win the division title was the Flames.
The Bulldogs broke through first with a goal 10 minutes into the game. Carlos Reyes tied it up 15 minutes later for East, and then Trey Buscaglia scored the game-winner with 2:40 left in regulation.
“We carried play pretty much throughout,” said East coach Jeff Librock, who estimated the shots were about 13-3. “This was as many opportunities as we’ve had all year, but their defense and goaltender were pretty resilient.”
In nonleague action, Jason Martin and Camden Gradwell scored for No. 3 large school Lancaster in its 2-0 win against Iroquois. Eithan Hahn was in net for the shutout.
No. 1 large school Clarence hosted No. 3 small school I-Prep/Grover and came away with a 4-0 triumph.
Shutouts for Iroquois, Will East
Samantha Gaglio scored once in each half to lift No. 2 Iroquois to a 2-0 field hockey win at No. 7 Williamsville South.
The Chiefs (13-1-1) finish up their regular season on Monday at Amherst. The loss for the Billies (10-5) snapped their six-game winning streak. They visit Pioneer in the season finale Monday.
Gaglio, a senior, had her first goal 14 minutes into the game and scored again 18 minutes into the second half. She’s now up to 18 goals on the year, which is tied atop the Section VI leaderboard. Senior goalie Abbi Greier made eight saves for the shutout.
Elsewhere, No. 4 Williamsville East shut out Orchard Park, 4-0. Jenna Cavalieri scored twice and CJ McDermott added a goal and an assist.
Mariacher lifts Chiefs
Iroquois junior Aussie Mariacher broke free and scored the game-winning goal 23 minutes into the second half, as the Chiefs came away from No. 5 small school Akron with a 3-2 nonleague girls soccer win in their season finale.
Fellow junior Haley Thomas tied the score at 2-2 five minutes after intermission. She also had two assists. Classmate Ali Bakowski was busy in net, making 19 saves.
Elsewhere, Lexi Aquilino scored three times in Maryvale’s 4-1 nonleague win at Medina. Karli Murray had the other goal and assisted on all three of Aquilino’s scores for the Flyers, who are now 8-6-2 overall.
Lancers, Sharks roll
St. Mary’s of Lancaster continued its domination on the local girls volleyball scene Friday.
The No. 1 small school Lancers, who are also considered the top team in all of Western New York, swept No. 3 large school Orchard Park by set scores of 28-26, 25-19 and 25-19. The Quakers were coming off of Wednesday’s big four-set win over No. 1 Clarence.
Jasmine Brundage had 15 digs, Kelly Cleversley 14 digs and Marie Rhodes five blocks for the winners, who have a record of 30-5-2 (including tournaments).
In Monsignor Martin action, No. 10 small school Sacred Heart beat No. 9 Mount St. Mary in straight sets, 25-23, 25-16 and 25-14. Micaela Ryan led the Sharks with 14 kills.
Crusaders win on road
No. 2 boys volleyball team Canisius swept Baldwinsville of Section III by set scores of 27-25, 25-17 and 25-20 in a trip out to the Syracuse area.
Troy Gooch led the way with 19 kills and three aces, while Matt Donnelly had 10 kills and two aces.
The Crusaders (16-5) play Cicero-North Syracuse Saturday afternoon. Baldwinsville and Cicero are considered to be among the top teams in their respective section.
In ECIC I play, No. 10 Orchard Park upset No. 4 Frontier in a five-set thriller. The Falcons won the first two sets, 25-11 and 25-21, before the Quakers stormed back to win the last three by scores of 25-23, 25-21 and 19-17.
Matt Donohue had a team-high 18 kills and seven aces to lead OP. Ben Shoop contributed 13 kills and seven blocks to the winning effort, while Hudson Harris added three kills and four blocks.
Jon Miller had 16 assists and Dylan Aarum 10 kills to lead No. 8 Sweet Home to a three-set sweep at West Seneca East.
The win by the Panthers (11-2, 10-1) sets up an ECIC II showdown next Tuesday at No. 9 Hamburg, which also has one loss in the league. The Bulldogs swept Sweet Home in the first meeting.