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2018-11-07 / Sports

DeCicco leads Amherst girls soccer past East in overall Class A section final

Sports Reporter
PATRICK NAGY


Amherst’s girls soccer team defeated Williamsville East, 2-1, in the overall Section VI Class A final Oct. 30 at Williamsville North. Team members include, from left: first row, Mallory Grubb, Natalie Szmara, Leah Shutts, Quinn DeCicco, Tess Weber and Caroline Yoder; second row, Ryan Hesch, Olivia Shortt, Emma Klein, Leigh Moeser, Sophie Smith, Emma Baker-Terhaar, Isabel Steimle, Maxana Grubb, Ashtyn Kahler, Scarlet Cleary, Sara Feger, Brooke Dudek, Tatiana Forbes, Tessa DeCicco, Savannah Falsone, coach JoAnna Fildes and coach Jason Cyrek. Amherst’s girls soccer team defeated Williamsville East, 2-1, in the overall Section VI Class A final Oct. 30 at Williamsville North. Team members include, from left: first row, Mallory Grubb, Natalie Szmara, Leah Shutts, Quinn DeCicco, Tess Weber and Caroline Yoder; second row, Ryan Hesch, Olivia Shortt, Emma Klein, Leigh Moeser, Sophie Smith, Emma Baker-Terhaar, Isabel Steimle, Maxana Grubb, Ashtyn Kahler, Scarlet Cleary, Sara Feger, Brooke Dudek, Tatiana Forbes, Tessa DeCicco, Savannah Falsone, coach JoAnna Fildes and coach Jason Cyrek. Quinn DeCicco has scored tons of big goals throughout her five-year career, but none may have been bigger than the two she scored in the Section VI overall Class A final.

The program’s all-time leading scorer tallied with 18:29 and 4:53 left in the second half as the Lady Tigers secured a 2-1 win over Williamsville East Oct. 30 at Williamsville North. Amherst was coming off its second A-2 title in three years.

East and Amherst both tied during the regular season, 0-0 and 2-2. It was also Amherst’s first win over Williamsville East since 2003, according to Lady Tigers coach JoAnna Fildes.

“I have been on varsity for five years and we have never gotten this far,” said DeCicco. “We won the blue patch two years ago, but have never gotten this far. It means a lot.”

DeCicco said the squad was hoping for a winning season as well as earning a blue patch.

“Going in, we had nothing to lose,” DeCicco said. “Everyone’s favorite is Williamsville East. We just wanted to have fun and go as hard as we could. I think that helped us having that much energy and being this excited.” “I give all of the credit to this crew,” Fildes said. “They believed in it more than anything than they have ever believed. They tied with them twice during the season so they knew they could play with them. We knew what we had to do, win 50-50 balls and finish.”


Amherst’s Quinn DeCicco, right, tries to maneuver past Williamsville East’s Simone Brock during the overall Section VI Class A final Oct. 30 at Williamsville North. DeCicco scored both goals in the victory and finishes as the school’s all-time leading goal scorer. Photos by Kathleen Kramer Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Amherst’s Quinn DeCicco, right, tries to maneuver past Williamsville East’s Simone Brock during the overall Section VI Class A final Oct. 30 at Williamsville North. DeCicco scored both goals in the victory and finishes as the school’s all-time leading goal scorer. Photos by Kathleen Kramer Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com On the game winner, DeCicco said she saw a gap through the East defense, received a perfect pass from Emma Klein and finished into the back post.

Her first goal came on a pass from Mallory Grubb, who ran up the left side and crossed it to DeCicco.

“Quinn’s a striker,” Fildes said. “She feels the game and sees where she can find the gap and puts the ball in the back of the net.”


Williamsville East’s Gretchen Beyer, left, and Amherst’s Mallory Grubb race toward the ball in the overall Section VI Class A final Oct. 30 at Williamsville North. Amherst won 2-1. Williamsville East’s Gretchen Beyer, left, and Amherst’s Mallory Grubb race toward the ball in the overall Section VI Class A final Oct. 30 at Williamsville North. Amherst won 2-1. Amherst goalie Leah Shutts made eight saves in the victory.

“She came up big on some saves,” Fildes said.

East’s goal came on a left-footed shot to the far post from Alyssa Fabozzi, assisted by Bella Buscaglia, with 12:07 left in the second half.

East goalie Anna Miller made three saves.

“We probably played the three best games we have played all year going into the game so I was afraid of a letdown,” East coach Chris Durr said. “Amherst played a good game, but we didn’t play with as much intensity and desire, and I think Amherst played better as the game went on. We had plenty of scoring opportunities. I think going into halftime 0-0 was a huge momentum builder for them. It was disappointing to give up the goals we gave up because they were unmarked.”

East finished 13-5-2 but graduates only four seniors, Ally Cirulli, Veronica Camarado, Maddy Miske and Georgia Mason.

The Lady Flames should be in the mix next year as they return a ton of talented players such as Buscaglia (12 goals, 14 assists), Emma Scalione (17 goals, eight assists), Gretchen Beyer (eight goals, two assists) and Miller (87 save percentage).

“I think we exceeded expectations by winning a sectional title,” Durr said. “The run we went on to win the title was the three best wins in a row that we have had in a long time. Overall, it was a good season. They were a fun group of kids to be around.”

The win moved Amherst into the Class A Far West Regional Saturday where they lost to Spencerport, 3-0, Saturday at Webster Schroeder High School in Rochester.

Fildes said her team put forth a great team effort in the first half as it was scoreless by halftime.

“We had to settle in during the first 10 minutes,” Fildes said. “The next 30 minutes we matched up well with Spencerport. We had a few good scoring opportunities in the half.”

Erin Coykendall scored four minutes into the second half from Maddie Tortora. The score stayed 1-0 until about 12 minutes left when Leah Wengender scored her first of two goals from Coykendall.

Shutts made 12 saves.

Amherst finished 12-6-2 and graduates nine seniors: DeCicco, Shutts, Tess Weber (three goals, three assists), Emma Baker-Terhaar, Natalie Szamara, Tatiana Forbes, Caroline Yoder, Ashtyn Kahler and Melody Ralph.

DeCicco finished the season with 30 goals and two assists for 62 points, and her five-year high school career with 96 goals and 17 assists. Shutts recorded an 81 save percentage. Weber added three goals and three assists. Szmara had two goals and four assists.

“It was an outstanding season for this team,” Fildes said. “This group will never give up. They battled through everything. We made a lot of history this season.”

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