A goal short

Fredonia edged by Southwestern

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli
Carlos Rush of Fredonia tries to move the ball through Southwestern defenders  Justin Morris, left, and Ben Livingston during Monday’s high school soccer game.

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli Carlos Rush of Fredonia tries to move the ball through Southwestern defenders Justin Morris, left, and Ben Livingston during Monday’s high school soccer game.

Southwestern defeated Fredonia, 1-0, in CCAA Division 1 soccer play on Monday at Fredonia High School.

After a first that saw neither team score, the Trojans got on the board seven minutes into the second half on an unassisted goal by Justin Morris.

Brandon Fardink had five saves in goal for the Trojans (4-0, 2-0). Carter D’Agostino made eight saves for the Hillbillies (1-3, 0-2).

“It was a hard fought game by both teams,” Fredonia coach Jim Rush said. “Both sides played well and produced scoring opportunities.”

Fredonia’s next game is Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Dunkirk High against the Marauders. It’s also a CCAA Division 1 contest.

PINE VALLEY 2,

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE 0

SOUTH DAYTON — Two halves, two quick goals. That was the deciding factor in Pine Valley’s 2-0 boys soccer defeat of Chautauqua Lake (0-2, 0-3) in a CCAA Division 2 contest Monday.

Dakota Loop opened the scoring for the Panthers (2-1, 2-0) just 50 seconds into the game, assisted by Brock Ricketts. Only 30 seconds after the second half began, Richard Johnston made it 2-0 off an assist by Zach Mansfield.

“It was kind of a dream start,” Pine Valley coach Dave Pihlblad said. “I always tell the kids to come out strong, but a goal 50 sconds in is as good as I can ask for.”

The Panthers’ defensive effort also pleased the team’s coach. “It’s our second shutout in a row so we’re figuring out stuff on the back end too,” he said.

Makiah Snyder made five saves in goal for Pine Valley. Thunderbirds Danny Pruitt and Eric Peterson split time in the net for their squad, making a total of six saves.

Both teams return to action Wednesday. The Panthers will head to North Collins, while Chautauqua Lake will host Silver Creek. The games will be CCAA Division 2 contests.

WESTFIELD 4,

SILVER CREEK 2

SILVER CREEK — Down 2-0 at halftime, the Westfield Wolverines (3-3, 2-0) started registering harder, closer shots at net against Silver Creek (1-3, 0-2) on Monday.

Behind Jason Almeter’s leg, the Wolverines rallied, scoring four in the second half, compared to zero for the Black Knights, to win the game 4-2 in CCAA Division 2 high school boys soccer play.

Silver Creek’s Philip Narraway started the scoring off with a goal in the 25th minute on a penalty kick. The Black Knights compounded the momentum with another goal at the 37th minute by Bryce Shomper, and assisted by Spencer Harford. Silver Creek goaltender Jeremey Wilcox, who had 14 saves in the game, was holding the lead for much of the game.

“Yeah, we took some really far out shots,” Westfield coach Jay Pikiewicz said, “and Jeremey did realy well there.”

The Wolverines’ shot total piled on. In comparison to Silver Creek’s nine shots on net, the Wolverines put 18 on net. The shots finally started to cross the goal line, first by Almeter in the 48th minute, with an assist by Spencer Harford.

Just five minutes later, Josh Heim added one of his own and the game was tied at 2-all.

It was a header by Nathan Culberth, assisted by Almeter, that put Westfield ahead in the 66th minute and the Wolverines put it away in the 76th minute with a goal by Almeter, assist ed by Josh Heim.

Almeter, who netted two with one assist, was pivotal for the Wolverines’ turnaround.

“Fantastic,” Pikiewicz said of his play. “He is a really good ball handler. He is a sophomore, too. Jason is really doing well.”

Mike Johnson got the win in net for Westfield with seven saves.

The Wolverines will host Frewsburg on Wednesday and Silver Creek will travel to Chautauqua Lake the same day. Both matchups are CCAA Division 2 contests.

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