Panthers capture school's first ever N-O soccer title outright
Staff Reports Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Newfane senior Ryan Doyle scored the game-winning goal with about two minutes left in regulation Thursday, sparking the Panthers past visiting Wilson, 3-2, claiming the host school’s first ever Niagara-Orleans League boys soccer championship outright.
With the win, veteran head coach Bob Roach’s Panthers finished their N-O campaign with a league-best 10-1-1 record. Runner-up Albion finished 9-2-1. Roach said Newfane shared the N-O title in 1999 with Starpoint — then a member of the N-O, now a member of the ECIC — but has never won the title outright until this season.
“I’m extremely proud,” said Roach, now in his sixth year coaching the Newfane varsity and seventh year coaching overall. “I think our boys have had to face adversity a few different times this year and they had their backs against the wall, but they refused to go down without a fight.”
Newfane junior midfielder Skyler Maurer scored two almost identical goals in the game’s first 20 minutes to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
Panthers eighth grader Brett Stern assisted on both, getting wide and driving the ball to the far post, where Maurer was waiting each time to knock it home.
“It was the best start we could have hoped for,” coach Roach said.
The Lakemen bounced back with a goal by Mike Thompson to cut the Panthers’ lead to 2-1 at halftime, then tied the contest with a goal with just three-and-a-half minutes left in the game.
Then came the game-winning goal moments later as Maurer sent a great 40-yard through pass to Doyle, who got to the ball before the Wilson keeper did and lobbed it over his head and into the net for his 12th goal of the season with just 1:50 left on the clock.
“We could have hung our heads when Wilson tied the game late, but it only took us a minute or two to bury one,” Roach said. “It really is a great day to be a Newfane Panther and a great day for our school, our players and their families.”
Newfane senior Brandon Henry earned the win in goal, making eight saves in the Blue Zone.
Rounding out the 2012 Newfane roster are seniors Luke Koziol, Alex Intihar, Jake Yeager, Chandler Knight, Alex Volschow and Brad Duhow; juniors Ethan Harpst, Mike Lekanka, Kyle Smith, Brandon Macfarlane, Kyle Duncan, Ryan Phillips, Andy Kaszuba and Patrick Eadie; freshman Chad Gilson and eighth grader Brett Stern.
Newfane will now prepare for the post season in Class B-1. The annual seeding meeting is Saturday morning, Roach said. The Panthers are likely to host a home playoff game next week.
Medina 2, Roy-Hart 1
GASPORT — A pair of first-half goals proved to be just enough offense to earn the Mustangs the victory over Roy-Hart on Thursday night under the lights.
Medina led 1-0 on a goal by Mason Roberts just three minutes in.
Roy-Hart rallied to knot the contest on a goal by Jesus Campos at the 28-minute mark of the first half.
However, the Mustangs anwered with a goal by Thomas Goetze, his team leading 15th of the season, with 8:42 remaining in the first half in what proved to be the game-winner.
Medina/Lyndonville finishes its N-O season at 5-6-1 and Roy-Hart finished 2-10.
Lockport 5, Ken East 3
TOWN OF TONAWANDA — With Thursday’s win, head coach Jeff Hulshoff’s Lions finished their Niagara Frontier League season with
an unblemished 14-0 record and are 16-0 overall, heading to next week’s Class AA playoffs.
The blue and gold led Kenmore East 5-0 in the second half before Hulshoff substituted heavily and the Bulldogs scored three goals.
Lions senior Alex Reid opened the scoring just 53 seconds into the game, assisted by junior Joshua Beshaw.
About 20 minutes later, senior Nick Sammarco sent a great through pass in to Beshaw who booted it home to make it 2-0 Lockport.
Lions senior Mike Ford made it 3-0 about 12 minutes later, assisted once again by Beshaw.
Reid gave LHS a 4-0 halftime lead when senior Jerry West fired a shot on goal and Reid was there to put the rebound away, giving Reid and Ford a share of the NFL scoring title with 19 goals apiece.
Beshaw rounded out the Lions’ scoring parade early in the second half, assisted by junior Chris MacDonald.
Lockport 3, Ken East 0
The NFL-champion Lady Lions improved to 13-0-1 in the league and 14-1-1 overall with a big “Senior Night” win over the visiting Lady Bulldogs on Thursday.
Gretta Dry opened the scoring for head coach Mike Finnerty’s team, assisted by Marissa Finnerty.
Lauren Wager gave the host blue and gold a 2-0 halftime lead with a goal assisted by Dry.
In the second half, Lockport’s Kim Hamilton rounded out the LHS scoring with her first tally of the season, assisted by Wager.
LHS keeper Jayme Wadosky earned her league-leading ninth shutout of the season.
Dry and Wager are tied for the team lead in points with 41 apiece. Wager has 16 goals and nine assists to date, while Dry has 14 goals and 13 assists.
Will South 2, Starpoint 0
PENDLETON — Carissima Cutrona had a goal and an assist for the visiting Lady Billies (12-2-1).
The Lady Spartans (7-8-1) fired seven shots on goal, but Lauren Haase was able to hold on for the shutout.
Lockport 3, NT 1
NORTH TONAWANDA — Head coach Joe Whalen’s Lions beat the host Jacks in four sets on Senior Night at NT, 25-12, 25-18, 27-29,
The Lions got off to a quick start as the offense played efficiently, mixing middle attacks with outsides. All of the attackers
registered kills and transitioned well. Lockport won 25-12.
After game one, the Lions began substituting heavily. At one point late in the game, the Lions had used all of their allotted substitutions. Passer Jon Traversone had a particularly good night in the backcourt, his passes were clean and effective.
“Jon has shown a lot of effort in practice improving his total game,” Whalen said, as Lockport won game two, 25-18.
Game three was a little sloppy for the Lions. “We had many new faces who were working hard, but made a few too many errors against a determined home squad,” Whalen said.
The game see-sawed until we couldn’t get out of our own way. NT won game three 29-27.
Lockport (8-3 NFL, 12-5 overall) returned to form in the fourth game, and completed the match by winning 25-8.
“We should probably have gotten out of the match in three straight games, but it’s just as important for our bench, and the starters who played with them, to find ways to settle down and seal team victories,” Whalen said.
Outside hitter Andrew Metzger and libero Eli Sobus had a strong match for NT (4-7 NFL).
Lockport’s Eamon Yates played a solid overall game passing and hitting well, Bryce Perry also contributed with timely passing and a solid front row.
The Lions return to action on today in the Lions’ Den against the visiting Billies of Williamsville South.
Lockport 3, NT 0
The Lockport Lady Lions posted 12 team blocks in all on Thursday, beating visiting North Tonawanda in straight sets to finish 7-7 in the NFL.
The scores were 25-13, 25-21, 25-17.
Sophomore Alyssa Wagner led head coach Kim Lockie’s Lady Lions with nine kills. Juniors Sara Franco and Megan Schneider added seven digs apiece for LHS.
Gabby Hansen had 30 digs for the Lady Jacks.
Barker 5, Medina 2
BARKER — Clinching at least a tie for a seventh straight title, Barker defeated Medina on Thursday to improve to 10-0-1 in N-O field hockey competition.
Barker had a 1-0 halftime lead on a goal by Gabby Clare, assisted by Brooke Bodine.
Barker doubled its advantage seven minutes into the second half on a goal by Olivia Denny.
The Lady Raiders broke the contest wide open nine minutes later with two goals just 50 seconds apart by Denny and Kassandra Neadow.
Clare later rounded out the Barker scoring with her second goal of the afternoon.
Olivia Hermann and Dominique Hughes scored the goals for the winless Lady Mustangs.
Kenmore 7, Wilson 2
Kaeli Mathias scored five goals to spark Kenmore (9-1-1) past Wilson (1-10).
Akron 4, Newfane 0
Cate Kelkenberg and Alisha Bell each scored two goals to lead Akron (7-4) past Newfane (2-8-2) 4-0.
Roy-Hart 4, Buff Sem 1
MIDDLEPORT — Paige Flynn scored three goals and Casidhe Heschke one to pace Roy-Hart over Buffalo Seminary.
Barker/R-H 31, Amherst 0
AMHERST — Pounding out over 400 yards on the ground and scoring in every quarter Barker/Royalton-Hartland romped to a 31-0
non-league football victory over Amherst Thursday.
Brad Bobbitt rushed for 147 yards, Brett Cole 137 and Jacob Haight 100 to spearhead the attack for Barker/Roy-Hart, which has won five in a row to go to 5-3 on the season.
“We ran the ball very well,” Barker/Roy-Hart head coach Bill Bruning said.
Barker/Roy-Hart jumped out to an 8-0 first quarter lead on an eight-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion carry by Cole.
A 47 yard touchdown run by Cole and an extra point kick by Haight in the second quarter upped the lead to 15-0.
Haight broke loose for a long 85 yard touchdown run in the third quarter to make it 22-0 as he again also added the extra point kick.
Barker/Roy-Hart capped off the big victory with a 35-yard field goal by Haight and a 55 yard interception return for a touchdown by Cole in the fourth quarter.
Bobbitt also had an interception and eight tackles for the Barker/Roy-Hart defense, which also got three sacks by Nick Burdick and two each by Brad Hayes, Amos Andrew and Nick Bachman.
Barker/Roy-Hart will close out its season at 6 p.m. Wednesday, hosting Lackawanna in another non-league game.