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2018-09-19 / Sports

Hamburg boys soccer edges East for lead in ECIC II

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter

Hamburg took over the top spot in ECIC Division II boys soccer, blanking previously unbeaten Williamsville East, 2-0, on Saturday morning.

Andrew Lauria scored the game-winning goal off a corner kick from Seth Heeter with five minutes left in the first half.

“I thought Hamburg put a lot of pressure on us,” East coach Jeff Librock said. “We had a few scoring chances in the first half. I thought we carried play after 15 minutes in the second half.”

Librock noted the play of defensemen Cameron Townsend, Adam Pezzimenti and Nick Davoli.

East headed into the Hamburg game with shutout victories over Amherst, 4-0, at home on Sept. 11, and Williamsville South, 3-0, on the road on Thursday.

Ben Woolingham scored twice in a three-minute span in the first half. Ishaan Kashyap tallied East’s third goal eight minutes into the second half.

Ethan Riggiero, Jacob Gennaro and Trey Buscaglia tallied assists.

“I thought we carried play well,” Librock said.

South coach Trevor Lawler said his team put forth a good effort against East.

“We knew it would be a challenge,” Lawler said. “In the first half, we set up trying to defend and hope to counter their three big scorers, and we did OK in the first 20 minutes, and then they scored twice in about two minutes. In the second half, we attacked more and got eight shots, a few good scoring chances and hit a crossbar. I thought we took the game to them more than instead of letting them take it to us.”

South goalie Patrick Hernandez made eight saves, including some incredible stops that gave the team a chance to come back, Lawler said.

Hernandez was supported by strong defense from sophomores Josh Casey and Brad Kantor, and freshman Elliott Weber. He also said senior Taylor Parsons played well in the midfield.

Librock noted the play of the defense, specifically marking backs Davoli and Pezzimenti.

Andrew Johnson appeared to have given Amherst a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the first half when an East defender pulled his jersey. The referee blew the whistle and instead gave Amherst a free kick, negating the goal.

“It could have changed the complexion of the game,” Amherst coach Bobby DiNunzio said.

Five minutes later, Woolinghan and Kashyap scored a minute apart at the 27- and 28-minute mark of the first half.

Buscaglia made it 3-0 four minutes later.

Woolingham added his second goal of the game eight minutes into the second half.

Kashyap, Jack Garrity, Gennaro and Liam Brophy tallied assists.

Amherst had a few quality scoring chances in the second half. Flynn Granville hit a crossbar. Jaafar Kadoom kicked a shot inside the box wide.

East goalie Jordan Polk made three saves in both games for shutouts.

The Billies were coming off a disappointing 1-0 home loss against Starpoint on Sept. 11.

“It was a poor effort,” Lawler said. “I wasn’t very happy with how we played in the game. We lacked energy and intensity. Our passing was poor. We didn’t play well enough, especially in the attacking third to create any quality scoring chances.”

Starpoint’s Matt Warner pounced on a rebound into the top corner of the net at 23:46 of the first half.

South (4-5, 3-3) is idle until they host West Seneca East at 10 a.m. Saturday.

East (7-1, 5-1) is idle until they host Starpoint at 7 p.m. Friday.


Amherst’s other game was a 1-0 home loss on Thursday.

Matteo Scarpelli scored the game winner in the second half.

“It was an even game, but I think we had better scoring chances that went right to their goalie,” DiNunzio said. “Some of those have to be goals if we want to start winning some games.”

DiNunzio noted the play of center halfback Joey Pace and defensive stopper Owen Nelson.

Amherst (0-5) hosted Holland on Monday, but information about the game was unavailable before The Bee went to press.

The Tigers host West Seneca East at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Sweet Home

The Panthers picked up a much needed 4-1 home win over West Seneca East on Sept. 10.

The Panthers (2-5, 2-2) came into the game having only scored once in the previous six games.

Sweet Home had 14 shots on net and Panthers coach Ryan McCaffery said the score could have been greater had his players capitalized on scoring chances.

“It was a good team effort,” he said.

Sophomore Jasim Qasium scored twice in the first half, tallying off a header in the 25th minute from senior Sun Kook, and adding a second goal 10 minutes later from senior Lucas Marshall.

Senior Matt Schwab increased the lead to 3-0 off a shot to the left side from the top of the 18-yard box, assist by Marshall eight minutes into the second half.

Marshall capped off the scoring five minutes later from Kook.

Senior backup goalie Jack Gembala made five saves.

“I was proud of him,” McCaffery said. “He made two or three gigantic saves.”

Sweet Home traveled to Starpoint on Monday, but information about the game was unavailable before The Bee went to press.

Sweet Home also hosts Hamburg at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

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