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2018-09-19 / Sports

North boys soccer drops league contests


Williamsville North’s Todd Witt gets a shot off over Luke Sapio of Orchard Park’s slide tackle attempt in the Spartans’ 1-0 home loss on Thursday. 
Photo by Jake French Williamsville North’s Todd Witt gets a shot off over Luke Sapio of Orchard Park’s slide tackle attempt in the Spartans’ 1-0 home loss on Thursday. Photo by Jake French Williamsville North’s boys soccer team had a rough week against ECIC I competition, dropping games against Lancaster, 3-1, on the road on Sept. 11 and Orchard Park, 1-0, on Thursday.

The Spartans are 1-3 in league games and have a 4-3 overall record.

North coach Dave LaMastra thought the team actually played well against a very big and physical Lancaster team as possession was relatively even throughout the first half.

Although Lancaster had better scoring opportunities, North senior goalie Matt Kulikowski made some big saves and was in control of his box for most of the game, LaMastra said.

Lancaster knocked one in late in the first half to go into halftime with a 1-0 lead.

He said his team played hard in the second half and created some chances with strong play from senior midfielders Zach Palmer, Joseph Looney and Todd Witt.

LaMastra said the team was down several key players and it was great to see some really good contributions from several guys off the bench, including sophomore defender Luke Meldrum, who made his first start of the year and had a really good game.

North’s lone goal came on a nice cross by Looney that was finished with a header by sophomore Jacob Mentkowski, who scored his first varsity goal.

The Spartans went into the Orchard Park game still with a few players out of the lineup.

LaMastra felt his team controlled possession early and had a couple chances that they were not able to capitalize on.

A miscommunication in North’s own end led to an Orchard Park goal before halftime.

He said his team played a strong second half, with a lot of good chances to tie it up, including chances from junior Cole Pennella and Witt, which went just wide of the mark, and some really good saves from the OP goalie.

He said Kulikowski again had a strong showing in goal.

“We need to regroup, get some of our guys back in the lineup and really work on creating more scoring chances moving forward,” LaMastra said.

North traveled to Clarence on Monday, but information about the game was unavailable before The Bee went to press.

The Spartans host West Seneca West at 5 p.m. on Thursday and a rematch with Frontier at home at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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