Niagara Gazette — staff reports
One of the area’s more potent players continues to rise to the challenges thrown at her during the Grand Island girls’ soccer season.
No. 2 Grand Island defeated No. 10 Albion 4-2 on Thursday night behind two goals by Julia Kelly.
“She was very physical today,” said head coach Dave Bowman. “She was winning a lot of balls in the air and hit the ball very well.”
Grand Island’s Natalie Kaminski and Madisyn Pezzino both scored with Pezzino’s goal coming off a penalty kick.
The Vikings will face Hamburg, led by Kara Daly, in the semifinals. Bowman stressed the importance of keeping her marked up and limiting her opportunities in the next match. Daly finished the regular season with 30 goals and 71 points.
Class AA QuarterfinalsClarence 8, Niagara Falls 0
The eighth-seeded Wolverines (4-12) dropped their playoff matchup with top-seeded Clarence (13-1) by an 8-0 score. Riley Bowers led Clarence with three goals while Shannon Carr added two. Niagara Falls’ keeper Justine Perreault recorded 22 saves.
W. Sen. West 2, Lockport 0
W. Seneca West pulled off major upset as the No. 7 seed defeated No. 2 Lockport 2-0 in the Class AA quarterfinals. Olivia Avery and Ashley Dibble scored for W. Seneca West and Lauren Fibich recorded the shutout.
Class A QuarterfinalsPioneer 4, North Tonawanda 3
The Lumberjacks and Pioneer high school went into sudden death overtime before the fate of this Class A Quarterfinal match was decided. Pioneer scored the game’s final goal and won 4-3. North Tonawanda had goals from Kelly Nichols, Samantha Haynes and Gina Malone.
Niagara Catholic 1, St. Mary’s 0
Devin DeFrank had the game-winning goal in Niagara Catholic’s (6-9-1, 2-3 MMA) 1-0 victory over St. Mary’s (5-11-1, 3-3 MMA). Colin Winkworth recorded 15 saves for the Patriots.
Non-LeagueNia.-Wheatfield 26, Maryvale 6
Niagara Wheatfield’s Andrew Doricko and Caleb Kish had a special connection in the football team’s first victory of the season Thursday.
The quarterback and receiver tandem hooked up for touchdowns of five and 28 yards in the 26-6 victory over Maryvale (1-7).
Jason Dranic’s three-yard run capped off an opening eight minute drive for the Falcons (1-7). In the very next possession, Dranic recovered a fumble at the five yard line which led to Kish’s first score.
Mitch Pittman led the Falcons with 13 tackles with Joe Ayers adding nine more and Kish recording 11 tackles and a fumble recovery.
Niagara Wheatfield will close its season on Wednesday at Riverside.