Niagara Gazette — The Grand Island girls’ soccer team lost a Section VI Class A playoff heartbreaker, with the Vikings dropping a 3-2 decision in overtime to Hamburg at home Tuesday evening.
“The outcome today was a little disappointing,” said Vikings coach Dave Bowman. “We got off to a slow start and we didn’t make our scoring chances count.”
Kara Daly scored all three goals for the Bulldogs, completing her hat trick and breaking the 2-2 tie in sudden death.
Grand Island finishes the soccer season at 14-2-3. Having only three seniors on the team Bowman looked to the future with optimism.
“Overall, the season went well,” he said. “Even in our losses, I think we played better than our opponents did. Unfortunately, you’re not going to get all the breaks.
“We’re a young team (only three seniors). Had a few injuries and we gained a lot of experience this year. If we have good health next year, hopefully we’ll improve.”
3-Tonawanda 1, 2-Wilson 0
Kalyn Compeau scored the lone goal and Allana Herne made seven saves to earn the shutout as the Tonawanda Warriors’ girls’ soccer team defeated the Wilson Lakemen in a Class B Semifinal matchup at Amherst Turf Field on Tuesday.
The win for the Warriors (14-4) was an extremely tough one to get, according to Tonawanda head coach Julie Johnson.
“It was a very exciting game and it was a very physical match,” Johnson said. “We played great in our last game against Falconer, and we wanted to use the momentum from there to beat Wilson tonight. We were definitely able to accomplish that tonight.”
Johnson credited Herne and defenders Chezne Belcher and Melissa Holler for keeping the Lakemen off of the scoreboard.
“Herne played really well tonight, and she made a lot of saves in one-on-one situations, but Belcher and Holler played great in front of her,” Johnson said. “They cleared out a lot of chances in front of the net and nothing got by them throughout the game.”