Niagara Gazette — In a wet, sloppy game during which each team had limited scoring changes, Grand Island goalkeeper Justin Sigler proved pivotal as he stopped a Niagara-Wheatfield breakaway with just five minutes remaining.
Troy Brady would then find Joe Farrell in overtime as the Vikings defeated the Falcons (11-3 NFL), 1-0. Grand Island (13-3, 13-1 NFL) captured the Niagara Frontier League regular season championship and earned the No. 1 seed heading into sectionals.
“We put in a lot of work this year and I don’t think anyone was really expecting us to win the league,” said head coach Chaz Bulera. “We proved them wrong.”
Bulera and his team doesn’t want this to be the highest point of the season as they look forward to postseason play to begin.
“We all know this is just a step and hopefully leads to better things in sectionals as No. 1 seed heading into next part of season,” Bulera said.
Lew-Port 4, Niagara Falls 0
Michael Skowronski, Ben Stayner, Alex Meith and Zach Rose each had a goal for Lew-Port (4-12, 4-10 NFL). Dante Aversa assisted on three of the four goals. Niagara Falls drops to 0-16.
Timon 2, Niagara Catholic 1
Devin DeFrank had the lone goal for the Patriots (3-9-1, 2-9 MMA). Aiden Gould and Eiki Sakugawa scored for Timon.
Newfane 4, Wilson 0
Chad Gilson had a goal and an assist for Newfane as goalkeeper Tyler Ribbeck earned the shutout.
Niagara Falls 3, Lew-Port 2
The Wolverines (4-11, 3-11 NFL) capped off their best season since joining the NFL with the 3-2 victory. Alexa Caputo had two goals, including the game-winner, and Maddi Chille added a goal. Justine Perreault recorded 14 saves in the victory.
North Tonawanda 2, Ken West 1
Nicole Mallone was a part of both Lumberjacks’ scores with a goal and assist in the victory.
Grand Island 4, Nia.-Wheatfield 0
Madisyn Pezzino scored twice off passes from Natalie Kaminski in the Vikings’ (12-1-3, 10-1-3 NFL) shutout victory. Julia Kelly and Carly Bernatovicz each added a goal. Nia.-Wheatfield falls to 8-5-1 in NFL play.