Orchard Park won a shootout against Clarence to decide their Section VI boys soccer Class AA semifinal match, 4-3, Monday night at Sweet Home, knocking the three-time defending section champions out of the tournament.
Clarence was undefeated in 12 ECIC I regular-season matches while Orchard Park was only 6-5-1 in league play. The Red Devils went into the encounter as the top seed and ranked No. 1 among large schools in Western New York. Also, Clarence had won eight of the last 11 sectional titles in the class.
Aidan Fotevski, Jonathan Sokolowski and Daniel Mahany scored the Quakers’ goals. Mahany’s tally in the 15th minute of the second half tied the game at 3, and it stayed that way through the rest of regulation and two overtime periods.
Taha Ahmed scored twice for Clarence and Matteo Battaglia once.
Lancaster and Williamsville North staged two tight regular-season games in ECIC I boys soccer. They did it again with the Legends winning, 1-0, in a shootout. Lancaster had defeated the Spartans, 2-1, in an early-season match and lost, 1-0.
Seminary wins swim title
Buffalo Seminary senior Erin Tesluk won two individual events and anchored two second-place relays to lead her team to the championship of the All-Catholic Girls Swim Meet night at the Erie Community College-City pool.
Tesluk received the Natalie Lewis Award as the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the meet after her victories in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle.
Seminary got an assist from two Nichols swimmers on the 12-girl roster. Natalie Fritsch of Nichols led a 1-2 sweep for the combined team in the 500 freestyle. Grace Rauch of Seminary was second.
The other Nichols swimmer was Gretchen Gwitt, who swam the anchor leg on the winning 200 medley relay. Olivia Pike, Elizabeth Tesluk, Erin’s younger sister, and Lauren Levy were the other Seminary medley swimmers.
Levy was a standout, winning the 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke and swimming on the 200 relay team.
Buffalo Seminary totaled 161.5 team points. Nardin, which was especially strong in freestyle, was second with 135.5. Mount St. Mary (87) was third; three-time defending champion Sacred Heart (74) was third, and Cardinal O’Hara (16) fourth.
Nardin won both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and had individual winners in Abby Gioia (200 free), Nicole Marchese (50 free), Megan Jermak (100 backstroke). Gioia, Haley McMullen, Marchese and Veronica Bargnesi swam on both of the Gators’ victorious freestyle relays.
NT girls triumph in soccer
Kylie Miranto assisted on a first-half goal by Kirsten Ferree, then scored her 19th of the season in midway through the second half in helping No. 2 seed North Tonawanda to a 4-0 triumph over Niagara Frontier League rival Niagara Wheatfield at Williamsville East in their Section VI girls soccer Class A-1 semifinal.
Kaylee Valentic and Isabella Finley had other goals in the second half for NT, which ended Grand Island’s long league unbeaten streak in the NFL’s championship game.
North Tonawanda will face ECIC II champion Hamburg in the A-1 championship game on Saturday at the same venue.
Claire Danyluk with three goals and Abby Kane, Laura Bogner, Maddie Ingraham and Eve Bierl with single scores for the Bulldogs in a 7-0 win over Kenmore East in the other semifinal.
In Class A-2, Emma Klein scored twice and Ryan Hesch once for No. 2 seed Amherst in a 3-0 win over No. 3 Pioneer. The Tigers will face No. 1 seed Grand Island, a 2-1 winner over Lew-Port.
Green on All-America list
Melanie Green, a senior at Medina, was named to the girls 2019 Rolex Junior All-America team honorable mention.
Green, a three-time Section VI champion and two-time State Publics Schools champion finished in a tie for sixth in the PGA Junior Girls Championship in Hartford, Conn. and was 30th in the USGA Women’s Amateur.