Jockeying for position

Westfield-Brocton wins important divisional contest

OBSERVER Photos by Roger Coda Westfield-Brocton’s Nathan Culbreth (11) and Pine Valley’s Jared Nobles fight for possession of the ball during Wednesday’s CCAA Central boys soccer game in Westfield.

WESTFIELD — Three second-half goals propelled the Westfield-Brocton Wolverines to a 3-1 win over the Pine Valley Panthers Wednesday, in a matchup between two boys soccer teams sitting atop the CCAA Central Division.

Pine Valley (7-5, 6-3) scored in the 26th minute, as Dana Jenkins netted one on an assist from Richard Johnston. The game was then scoreless until the 55th minute, when Nathan Culbreth tied it on a direct kick from about 35 yards out.

David Skinner scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for the Wolverines (8-6, 7-2) in the 60th minute, with Josh Heim picking up an assist. Westfield-Brocton’s Jacob Miller made it 3-1 in the 78th minute, assisted by Culbreth.

“He had a great game,” Wolverines coach Jay Pikiewicz said of Culbreth. “He played defense for the first 55 minutes and as soon as he switched to offense, he had a direct kick goal which changed the game.

“Dylan Scriven had a great day on defense as well,” the coach added.

Dylan Scriven, of Westfield-Brocton, tries to control the ball as Pine Valley’s Richard Johnston closes in, during Wednesday’s game.

Panthers goalie Makiah Snyder made nine saves, while Mike Johnson recorded four saves for Westfield-Brocton.

“We trusted one another and played to our strengths,” Pikiewicz said. “Pine Valley did a very good job overloading a side (on defense) and we compensated very well.”

Both squads host non-leaguers on Friday for their next matches. Westfield-Brocton will host Maple Grove in a Senior Night event behind Westfield High School. The Panthers will entertain Franklinville.


SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek-Forestville Black Knights boys soccer team held on for a one-goal CCAA Central victory over the Frewsburg Bears Wednesday.

The Black Knights (4-7-2, 3-4-2) got two goals from Darren Jiminez early on, in the fifth minute and the 11th minute. Bryce Shomper assisted on both scores.

“Darren is a really impressive sophomore, and the connection he made today with Bryce Shomper was impressive to watch,” Silver Creek-Forestville coach Mark Bratcher said.

The visiting Bears (1-12-0, 1-8-0) made it 2-1 about six minutes into the second half, when Reid Bjork netted the first of his two goals. The Black Knights went up 3-1 in the 57th minute, when Spencer Harford booted a ball from near midfield that found the back of the Frewsburg net. Bjork closed the scoring in the 72nd minute.

Jeremey Wilcox was outstanding in goal for Silver Creek-Forestville, making 22 saves. “Our goalkeeper played a fantastic second half,” Bratcher said. “He kept his team in the game and I’m really impressed with his effort.”

The Frewsburg goalkeeper, Caleb Carr, recorded 10 saves.

Silver Creek-Forestville returns to the field Wednesday at Pine Valley. Game time is 7 p.m.