Frontier boys soccer coach Rich Kozak says that playing in ECIC I "is like playing in a league with four New England Patriots."
He was talking about ECIC I’s Big Four — Clarence, Lancaster, Williamsville North and Orchard Park.
Tuesday, Frontier (3-0) took down one of those four, upsetting Williamsville North, 1-0, on a goal by senior Jonah Kozak, the coach’s son, in the 51st minute.
"The goal came off a series of give-and-goal passes we call Rondo and before we sprung Jonah loose," Kozak said.
Another hero in the Falcons’ win was 12-year-old goalkeeper Nathan Hohl, a seventh grader.
"Nathan's a godsend," Kozak said. "He made an absolute world class save in the final minute that you only see high level professionals make," Kozak said.
"A big program win," Kozak added. What made it even bigger was it avenged an 11-0 loss at North last season. Also, it was Frontier’s first win over the Spartans since 2011 and, Kozak said, the first over the so-called ECIC I "Big Four" since 2013.
Another ECIC I upset
Almost as stunning an outcome West Seneca West’s 2-1 triumph over Orchard Park in ECIC I. The Indians won on the second goal of the game by senior Dominic Sorrento in the 78th minute with an assist by Cody Lawrence. Sorrento also scored in the fourth minute.
"I’ve been here 13 years and this is the first time we’ve beaten Orchard Park at home," West Seneca West coach Rich DeGlopper said. "We beat them at Orchard Park, 1-0, about eight years ago."
DeGlopper’s team was shut out twice in the Coaches vs. Cancer Invitational at Sweet Home last weekend.
"We were a little short-handed," DeGlopper said. "We had one sub on Friday and zero subs on Saturday. Today we had a chance to get the full squad back."
One of those back was defender Josh Clifton, who kicked for West Seneca West’s state championship football team last season, but is playing this year in addition to kicking for the Indians’ in football.
"He’s a nice addition to have back," DeGlopper said.
It was the fourth loss in four starts over the five days for Orchard Park, which will face Frontier on Thursday.
Eden starts with a win
Eden won only twice in 10 ECIC IV boys soccer last season, but the Raiders are off to a winning start in the new season with a 2-1 triumph over Springville. Junior Giovanni Schifano scored his second goal of the game in the 76th minute. Tommy Macauley assisted on the winner. Junior goalkeeper Brett Schmitz posted the shutout.
Eden coach Tom Wall believes his team, which lists nine juniors on the roster, will have more success than last season.
"We had a lot of sophomore playing last year and our goalie started every game," Wall said. "It’s a good start for us. Our goalie played well. Our defense played well. We had five chances and put two of them in the net, so I’m very happy."
Akron girls score big win
Newfane and Akron finished 1-2 in that order last season in Niagara-Orleans League girls soccer.
Akron won an early-season showdown between the teams Tuesday, defeating the Panthers, 2-1, on a pair of goals by Natalie Karmazyn, one in the fifth minute and the other in the 25th minute. Madison Henning and Kara Seguin had the assists.
Megan Sheehan of the Tigers made nine saves in goal for the winners in the league opener.
Holland/EA golf is strong
With three of the best junior golfers in the area --Andrew LaCongo and twins Mitch and Matt Jeffe -- in the lineup the Holland/East Aurora boys team looks like a powerhouse along with Orchard Park in ECIC golf. LaCongo and Mitch Jeffe each shot 38 at the Gowanda Country Club to share medalist honors as Holland/EA (241) defeated Lake Shore (379) and Eden (425) in a triangular match.