It rained throughout the first half of Wednesday’s Niagara Frontier League boys soccer game at Lockport High School.
Goals, that is.
Under sunny skies, the host Lions woke up out of their slumber at the 15:19 mark of the first half in their game against the visiting North Tonawanda Lumberjacks.
Thirty-seven seconds later, it was 2-0 Lockport, seven-and-a-half minutes after that it was 3-0 Lions, three minutes later it was 4-0 blue and gold and finally, three minutes after that and it was 5-0.
The Lions scored five goals in less than 15 minutes and by then, head coach Jeff Hulshoff had emptied the bench as the state-ranked Lions cruised the rest of the way, winning 5-0, improving to 3-0 in the NFL and 5-0 overall.
The two teams slugged it out early and the Jacks had the better scoring opportunities, but Lions’ keeper junior Bailey Reid and the Lions would not be scored upon for a fifth straight contest.
Junior Hunter Sherman got the party started with a great goal to open the scoring. Junior Joshua Beshaw cross the ball from the left side over to senior co-captain Alex Reid on the right side of the net. Reid dished nicely to Sherman, who drilled it into a wide open net for a 1-0 Lions lead with 24:41 left in the first half.
The fleet-footed Ford took a great long pass from Nick Sammarco and simply out-ran the NT defense, deking the Jacks keeper with a neat move before scoring at 24:04 to make it 2-0 LHS.
Reid, the league’s top scorer with eight goals, had another great assist, timing his pass to Beshaw perfectly at 16:34 as Beshaw drilled it up high to make it 3-0. Reid made it 4-0 Lions with 13:19 left in the half, chipped a shot over the keeper’s head.
Sammarco, a great two-way player, rounded out the scoring for Lockport, netting a goal with 9:58 left in the first half. Sammarco saw an opening and took it, streaking in with the ball then drilling a hard shot off the keeper and into the right corner of the net.
Among those seeing time was Yves Luginbuehl, an LHS foreign exchange student from Switzerland.
The game was broadcast live by Lockport Community Television (LCTV). Jim Slowey and Tom Voss called all the action ... The referees were Jerry Wysocki and Jim Samsel ... With the loss, head coach Tom Stefanucci’s Jacks dropped to 0-2 in the NFL and are 0-3 overall.
NFL GIRLS SOCCER
Lockport 2, NT 0
NORTH TONAWANDA — The Lockport Lady Lions remained undefeated in league play Wednesday with a shutout win on the road.
Leading the way for head coach Mike Finnerty’s Lady Lions (3-0 NFL, 4-1 overall) was senior Lauren Wager, who netted both goals, the first at the 25-minute mark of the first half, assisted by senior Carly Shank, and the other about 10 minutes into the second half, assisted by senior Kayla Guay.
Sharing the shutout in goal for the Lady Lions were senior Bridget Masiello and sophomore Jayme Wadosky.
Playing well for LHS were seniors Kerri Wertman and Emma Yates, juniors Rachel Herbst, Allison Sakowski and Kasey Johnston; and freshman Gretta Dry.
Next up, the Lady Lions host Niagara Falls in a rare NFL Saturday game at 11 a.m.
Lockport also won the girls junior varsity contest against NT, 2-0, on goals by Kim Festor and Samantha Lewis. LHS goalie Baylie Boyle registered another shutout, this time making six saves.
With the win, head coach Matt Davignon’s Lady Cubs improved to 3-0 in the NFL and are 5-0 overall.
Raiders linksters unbeaten
MIDDLEPORT — The Barker Raiders golf team improved to a Niagara-Orleans League-best 5-0 on Wednesday with a 230-279 victory over visiting Newfane at the Niagara-Orleans Country Club on Telegraph Road.
The match medalist with a 43 was Barker junior Nick Provencher. Also for head coach Tim Daley’s Raiders, freshman Brad Wilson shot a 45 and adding 46s were juniors Alonzo St. Louis and Mitch Luckman.
The top players for the Panthers (1-2 N-O) were Josh Gmerek and Paul Tilyou.
Medina 251, Wilson 286
MEDINA — At the Shelridge Country Club, Medina bested Wilson to improve to 3-1 in the N-O. Michael Cardone and Brad Wilson shared medalist honors for the Mustangs with rounds of 46.
Akron 240, Albion 262
Akron improved to 4-1 with a big victory over Albion.
Andy Laurienzo led the Tigers with a 44.
N-O GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
NEWFANE — Capped off with a narrow two point win in the decisive fourth set, Medina bested Newfane 25-11, 18-25, 25-16, 25-23 Wednesday to improve to 3-1 in Niagara-Orleans League volleyball competition.
A spike kill by Jenn Molisani polished off the match winning point in the decisive fourth set for Medina which also saw Jenna Carpenter serve up a total of nine points.
Jessica Rosenbeck had 23 assists, Abby Button 10 blocks and seven kills and Alba Perez 16 blocks and nine kills to lead the Mustangs attack.
The loss drops Newfane to 1-2.
Roy-Hart 3, Akron 1
AKRON — Becky Harnish served up the match winning point for Roy-Hart in the decisive overtime fourth set.
The scores were 20-25, 25-18, 25-22 and 26-24.
Danielle Kindron had seven kills and 13 digs on the night for Roy-Hart as Courtney VanBuren added four kills, Kirsten Bearfield three kills, Justine Witcop five kills and 10 digs, Brittany Zsebehazy 23 digs and Eliza Schwab 13 sets.
Wilson 3, Starpoint 1
WILSON — Lindsay Bryer had four assists and nine kills, Kaylee Stewart 10 kills and four blocks, Kristin Sampson 10 kills and five aces and Jordan Glosser 11 kills to set the pace for Wilson in their non-league victory.
The scores were 25-21, 25-15, 19-25, 25-22.
Lockport 4, Niagara Falls 1
Katie Britt and Adrienne Folby won singles matches for the Lady Lions (4-0 NFL).
Morgan Haley-Haley Schrader and Kathryn Krawczyk-Brittany White were doubles winners for head coach John Beatty’s team.
Ken East 239, Lockport 259
Mike Davern and Ricky Shotwell split medalist honors for the Bulldogs (4-0 NFL) with a par-36 in the league win at Brighton. Chris
Joe Quirk led the Lions (3-1 NFL) with a 41.
Starpoint 3, WSE 1
Brett Kane had 17 assists for the Spartans (3-2, 2-0 ECIC II) in the 25-18, 23-25, 25-17, 25-19 win.