Anna Bean, a junior who leads Western New York girls scholastic soccer in goals, scored her 42nd of the season on Tuesday to give East Aurora a 1-0 ECIC III victory at Pioneer.
Bean’s goal came in 65th minute from top of the box. She also has 18 assists on the season.
Pioneer put no shots on East Aurora goalie Grace Janish thanks in part to the strong play of defenders Lila Sorgi and Cora Rabey.
Bean’s goal perhaps saved the Blue Devils from taking a hit in the next Western New York Coaches Small Schools poll.
East Aurora was first in the poll until this week. Coach Craig Polston’s EA team (14-1, 10-0 ECIC) dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 in the latest poll despite winning two games by a combined 14-0 score and extending its winning streak to 12 games.
The Blue Devils’ lone loss came at North Tonawanda, 3-1, in a nonleague game on Sept. 4.
Lewiston-Porter (10-1-1) jumped from fourth to No. 1 in this week’s small schools poll after playing a scoreless tie with undefeated but twice-tied Grand Island.
During its win streak, East Aurora has allowed only two goals while scoring 75. Overall the Blue Devils have outscored the opposition 88-5.
Bean has scored at least once in the Blue Devils’ last six games and 14 of 15 so far.
She was scoreless only in an 8-0 win over Depew in the division and had high games of five goals against Lake Shore (twice) and Holland/West Valley, when she had her season high of 13 points in a 9-0 victory.
Pioneer (9-4-1, 8-2 ECIC III) held Bean to one goal and one assist in a 3-0 loss to East Aurora in their first meeting.
The Panthers came close to pulling an upset on Tuesday as goalkeeper Brooke Eastman made eight saves.
Rabey, a senior defender, had the assist on Bean’s winning goal. It was her third assist of the season.
East Aurora has one non-league home game left to play, against City Honors on Thursday, before sectional playoffs begin.
Pioneer has nonleague games to play on Thursday at Iroquois and home on Monday against Springville.