Silver Creek comeback tops busy day of girls soccer

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OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli: Abby Rice (23) of Silver Creek and Sophia Walter of Frewsburg fight for the ball during Tuesday’s high school soccer game.

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli: Abby Rice (23) of Silver Creek and Sophia Walter of Frewsburg fight for the ball during Tuesday’s high school soccer game.

SILVER CREEK — Emma Rice’s goals were decisive for the Silver Creek girls soccer team Tuesday, as the Black Knights (13-3, 10-2) ended their regular season with a 4-3 comeback win over Frewsburg.

The visiting Bears were up 1-0 at halftime, then added a second goal a couple of minutes after the second half started. Kylie Procknal made it 2-1 with an unassisted goal in the 6th minute of the second half. Chloe Barrett tied the game ten minutes later with a header off a corner kick by Abby Rice.

Frewsburg retook the lead three minutes later, but Emma Rice tied the game off an assist from Kianna Brown. Then, with about two minutes left in regulation time, Emma Rice provided the game-winning goal. Abby Rice picked up an assist on the play.

“I’m very, very, very proud of the girls,” Black Knights coach Kevin Rice said. “Being down by two, they stayed with it — this is what happens when you play full games, you pull out a win. Until four or five minutes into the second half, it didn’t look like we could win anything.”

The coach said Silver Creek has clinched second place in the CCAA Central, and could still move up to first place if North Collins loses to Pine Valley on Thursday.

He also noted that the Silver Creek girls soccer program, which is just 9 years old, set a record for wins in a season this year.

“It was a really celebratory season,” coach Rice said.

Tessa Douglas recorded eight saves in goal for the Black Knights. No statistics were available for the Bears.

Silver Creek now awaits the results of a Section VI playoff seeding meeting Saturday to see where and when they will start the postseason.

SOUTHWESTERN 8, DUNKIRK 4

JAMESTOWN — Overcoming Emilee Hanlon’s four goals, Southwestern (13-3, 7-3) attacked on offense to take a CCAA West division win Tuesday.

Karen Johnson, of Southwestern, put one on the scoreboard three minutes in and Ashley Lundmark scored the team’s second goal at the six-minute mark. Going down 2-0 early didn’t defeat Dunkirk (4-10-1, 1-9) as Hanlon scored in the seventh minute.

From there, Southwestern continued its high-powered offense with four straight goals: Kylie Brown in the 12th and 21st minutes; Allison Lundmark in the 33rd and Gianna Hoose in the 39th.

The Lady Marauders were down 6-1 at halftime, however, the team didn’t fold under the large deficit. Even though Southwestern struck first in the second half (Brown in the 43rd minute), Hanlon had three of her own to follow: 45th, 58th and 59th minute.

“It was the first game this year where she wasn’t marked very closely and had space to move,” Dunkirk coach Phil Cook said. “Her teammates moved to the ball where she can get it.”

Southwestern capped the scoring with Johnson scoring at the 70th minute.

At points throughout the game, Dunkirk was down big, though the team continued to show resiliency.

“It’s a trait that this team possesses,” Cook said. “They work hard throughout the game. We know we have the opportunity to score goals quickly and in bunches. Emily scored four. To be honest, their goalie made a handful of saves or the game will be tied. Tremendous saves by their two goalies.”

In net for Southwestern in the first half was Alanna Gibble, who had three saves, and in the second half was Hanna Johnson with six saves.

For Dunkirk, Kymi Nance had 15 saves.

“She held her own, especially in the first half,” Cook said. “In the second half, the team made good adjustments to make the team much closer.”

Dunkirk will travel to Pine Valley on Friday and Southwestern’s season ended as the seeding meeting will be Saturday. The playoff schedule will come out that afternoon.

WESTFIELD 4, CASS. VALLEY 1

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Lady Wolverines topped the Lady Cougars in a CCAA Central battle Tuesday. Katie Bodenmiller had two goals and an assist for Westfield (4-8-3, 4-7). Laura Johnston added a goal and an assist. Madyson Abbey scored the other Westfield goal, and Alyah Figueroa also had an assist for the team.

The lone goal for Cassadaga Valley (3-12, 2-9) came from Tara Cratsley, unassisted.

Jessie Morrison had nine saves in goal for the Lady Cougars, while Lady Wolverines netminder Drew Schultz made five saves.

Westfield hosts Chautauqua Lake Thursday. Cassadaga Valley will play at Frewsburg that day.

FALCONER 1, FREDONIA 0

The Lady Golden Falcons got eight saves from goalie Brianna Larson in the win, while Breanna Rosen made five saves for Fredonia. No information was available on the Falconer goal.

Falconer goes to 4-6 in CCAA West play, while Fredonia drops to 1-9. Fredonia’s final regular season game will be a non-league match at home against Randolph on Friday.

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