Lockport sophomore Gretta Dry has set the single-season goal-scoring record for Lady Lions girls varsity soccer.
Dry's two goal effort last Friday in a 3-0 victory at Kenmore West and another tally in Tuesday's 1-1 tie against visiting Grand Island gives Dry 34 tallies this season. The old record of 31 goals in a single season was set by Kelly (Stevens) Matschke in her sophomore season in the fall of 1992. Matschke finished with 113 career goals — the current LHS all-time girls soccer record.
“I found out that I broke the (single-season) record on Saturday morning at Homecoming,” Dry said. “I thought it was amazing. I want to thank the whole team because I could never have done it by myself. It's a team record.”
Lady Lions head coach MIke Finnerty said he was proud of Dry's individual accomplishment and also that of his team, which clinched its second straight Niagara Frontier League championship with a tie against the visiting league runner-ups (9-2-2 NFL, 11-2-2 overall) who still have one NFL game left to play. With the win, defending league-champion Lockport finished undefeated (14-0) in the NFL and 16-0 overall.
“It's fantastic. I'm really proud of Gretta. A lot of people have helped make this happen and today was just icing on the cake,” Finnerty said. “It was a rough, physical game, I don't think we played our best game, but we ended up with a tie and clinched the NFL championship. We had a few injuries today, so now we're going to concentrate on getting healthy for sectionals.”
Added Dry, “I think it's amazing. Winning the league title two years in a row has turned the girls soccer program upside down.”
Dry and senior standout Jill Golding were two of several Lady Lions who were injured in the hard-fought contest. Dry suffered a fat lip in a collision, while Golding twisted her ankle.
The game was scoreless heading to overtime — two 10-minute sessions. The Lady Lions scored in the first OT at the 6:49 mark, as junior Sam Lewis crossed it beautifully to Dry in the middle. Dry trapped the pass and booted it by Lady Vikings junior keeper Meaghan O'Leary. Playing in the dark in the second OT session, GI tied it at the 7:45 mark on a goal by freshman Madyson Pezzino after a scramble in front of Lady Lions junior keeper Jayme Wadosky.
According to information provided by Matschke to LHS Athletics Director Patrick M. Burke, she scored 11 goals as an eighth grader in the fall of 1990, 16 as a freshman, 31 as a sophomore, 28 as a junior and wrapped up her LHS career with 27 goals as a senior in the fall of 1994. Just a few months after that, Matschke helped lead the Lady Lions girls basketball team to its first and only state basketball championship under head coach Bill Shaw.
Matschke went on to play soccer at the University of Pennsylvania, serving as a captain her senior year. She was inducted into the LHS Hall of Fame in 2008.
Albion 3, Barker 0
BARKER — Kayla Doyle scored two first-half goals to propel the Lady Purple Eagles to a Niagara-Orleans League win on Tuesday afternoon.
But perhaps the biggest story was Barker goalkeeper Lindsey Williams, who did all she could to give her teammates a chance, making 34 saves.
Starpoint 2, Iroquois 1
CHEEKTOWAGA — Sarah Iadresin netted the game-winning goal for the visiting Lady Spartans, assisted by Taylor Heckman.
Maddie Toczek also scored for Starpoint (4-10 ECIC), assisted by Jessica Wilson.
Winning keeper Brianna Becker made 11 saves.
Grand Island 2, Lockport 1
GRAND ISLAND — Jadon Wegrzyn netted both goals for the victorious Vikings.