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.”
Class AA Semifinals (at Hamburg)
7-Orchard Park 1, 3-Nia.-Wheatfield 0
Connor Saeli scored the lone goal and Dwight Eagan was in net to record the shutout as the Quakers downed the Falcons, 3-0.
Division II Pre-Quarterfinals
4-Grand Island 3, 13-Ken East 0
Brock Tetreault had 23 kills and Kyle Burns recorded seven kills and three blocks to lead the Vikings to victory over the Bulldogs.
6-Will. East 3, 11-Nia.-Wheatfield 1
Alex Wherlin recorded 16 kills and Patrick Irving had 37 assists for the Flames as they beat the Falcons.
10-Lake Shore 3, 7-North Tonawanda 0
Devin Joslyn had 15 kills and eight blocks and Tyler Becker dished out nine kills and four blocks for the Eagles in their win over the Lumberjacks.
2-Eden 3, 15-Starpoint 0
Jake Schlegel dished out three aces and 27 assists and Hadyn Herc added 11 kills to help the Raiders down the Spartans.
Class AA Quarterfinals
3-Lockport 3, 6-Niagara Falls 0
Jordyn Kwoka recorded 15 assists and seven digs to lead the Lions to victory over the Wolverines.
1-Orchard Park 3, 8-Ken West 0
Kristen Stanek notched 16 kills and six aces to help the Quakers beat the Blue Devils.
Class A Quarterfinals
8-Will. North 3, 1-Nia.-Wheatfield 0
Lauren Schreiner had 21 kills and seven digs and Andrea Kiley notched 27 assists to help the Spartans down the Falcons.
10-Hamburg 3, 2-North Tonawanda 1
Gabby Hansen recorded 21 kills and 23 digs and Julie Milbrand had 10 kills for the Lumberjacks (14-3) as they fell to the Bulldogs.
The loss was sorely disappointing to the Lumberjacks, according to head coach Jessica Anderson.
“Our first goal was to win the NFL title, and we did that, but we just couldn’t put enough runs together to get a lead,” Anderson said. “We knew that Hamburg was going to be a tough matchup, but I’m proud of our team because we never quit. We battled hard all game long, but just couldn’t pull off the win.”
Class B Quarterfinals
9-Starpoint 3, 1-Springville 0
Hattie Lasal dished out 17 assists and Bri Foss added nine digs to lead the Spartans to victory over the Griffins.
Class C Quarterfinals
6-Wilson 3, 3-Falconer 0
Megan Dilawa notched seven kills, Allie Bubar had five kills and four aces and Emily Lasher chipped in with four aces as the Lakemen defeated the Golden Falcons.