Billies booted in OT

Cresanti’s goal lifts Maple Grove past Fredonia

Below, Fredonia’s Gabriel Persch (3) and Maple Grove’s Tristane Spillane battle for the ball.

The Maple Grove Red Dragons (3-0 overall, 1-0 league) continued their undefeated run to start the season Wednesday as they defeated the Fredonia Hillbillies (0-2, 0-1), 2-1, in overtime in high school boys soccer.

Fredonia hit the back of the net first in the game as Seth Schrader scored 20 minutes in and Max Kinkela had the assist. The game went into half with the score at 1-0.

Maple Grove tied it up midway in the second half by Wyatt Chriest and assisted by Jack Novotny. Chriest, however, called his goal prior to coming into the game.

“What’s special about Wyatt’s goal is that we were down in the second half and Wyatt said, ‘I will score a goal in the second half.’ I said, ‘You better.’ And he scored; it was great.”

The game went into overtime with it being 1-all. However, the Red Dragons were quick to finish it as Ben Cresanti scored six minutes in with an assist by Novotny.

Sam Cummings was in net for Maple Grove and made 16 saves.

“He did a fantastic job,” Maple Grove coach Cara Abbey said. “He stopped everything he needed to.”

Carter D’Agostino was the goaltender for the Hillbillies, as he recorded 10 saves on the night.

Maple Grove will host Westfield on Friday, while Fredonia hosts Ellicottvile on Friday.


MAYVILLE — A nail biter between Chautauqua Lake (0-1 overall, 0-1 league) and Westfield (2-1, 1-0) ended in a great save by the Thunderbirds’ Danny Pruit, but a rebound shot by the Wolverines’ Dylan Scriven ended the game in the second overtime, 3-2, in high school boys soccer.

“Fantastic save by Danny; fantastic rebound by Scriven. Both teams played very well,” Westfield coach Jay Pikiewicz said.

Westfield struck first with a goal by Jacob Miller, 32 minutes in, and the assist by Tim Skinner. Chautauqua Lake tied it up with a goal by Isai Saldana, which was assisted by Josh Janicki. The game went into halftime with the score 1-1.

The Thunderbirds kept the momentum with another goal by Will Spahlsmith that was assisted by Andrew Luba in the 50-minute range, but the Wolverines’ fight was still there.

Westfield’s Jason Almeter netted the tying goal as David Skinner assisted.

The first overtime went scoreless and during the second overtime, it was down to a penalty kick with the time ticking. Goaltender Pruit made the save, but the rebound capped off the win, 3-2.

“Both teams were very conditioned for it being the beginning of the season,” Pikiewicz noted. “It was a team win.”

Westfield will travel to Maple Grove today and Randolph on Saturday.


FREWSBURG — The Pine Valley Panthers boys soccer team won their opening CCAA Central game of the season, shutting out Frewsburg, 3-0.

Dakota Loop had a goal and an assist for the Panthers (1-1, 1-0). He opened the scoring 10 minutes into the game, assisted by Dana Jenkins. Loop’s assist came on Jesse Jenkins’ tally 21 minutes into the second half. In between those goals, about 22 minutes into the first half, Dan Millman notched a score. He was assisted by Dawson Chase.

Makiah Snyder made six saves in net to record the shutout for Pine Valley.

“We lost to Jamestown last week and we definitely improved as a team today,” Pine Valley coach Dave Pihlblad said. “I thought we did a great job defensively.”

The Panthers return to CCAA Central action Monday when they host Chautauqua Lake.


NORTH COLLINS — With the game on the line, North Collins’ Mike Gullo netted a penalty kick in the 72nd minute to put the Eagles ahead and ultimately, win the game over Silver Creek in CCAA Central high school boys soccer play.

“The game had a lot of different personalities,” North Collins coach Jay Walters said. “North Collins had great control for 60 percent, however, 40 percent was really back and forth. Silver Creek had a very large squad and they did some substitutions and it took awhile for them to find their game.

“As the season progresses, I feel they will find their stride,” he said of Silver Creek.

Walters admitted his team is smaller and their consistency reflected that as the team got into the groove to keep possession and earn the penalty kick that won the game.

In net for North Collins was Anthony Novoa, who had five saves in the shutout.

For Silver Creek, Jeremey Wilcox was the goaltender with five saves as well.

Senior TJ Jimerson is the primary penalty kick striker, although he felt his teammate Gullo had a great opportunity to top off a solid game on the field.

“We have failed on a previous penalty kick,” Walters said. “Our primary guy urged Mike Gullo to take it. He (Jimerson) is a senior and has good leadership. He wanted Gullo to take it.”

North Collins record is 1-2 overall and 1-0 league, while Silver Creek is 0-2, 0-1.

North Collins will travel to Frewsburg on Monday with the game to start at 5.