Albion, Holley and Kendall set for girls soccer sectional semifinal contests
Top seeded foes will provide the opposition for both Albion and Holley in the semifinals round of the girls soccer sectionals on Tuesday.
Undefeated Niagara-Orleans League champion No. 4 seed Albion (16-0-1) will face No. 1 East Aurora (14-2-1) in the Section VI Class B1 semifinals at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Williamsville East.
No. 4 seed Holley (10-5-3) will take on undefeated (17-0) No. 1 Marion in a Section V Class C2 semi at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Webster Thomas.
Kendall (12-5), which is ironically also a No. 4 seed, will face No. 9 Arkport-Canaseraga (7-9) in a Section V Class D1 semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Perry.
The N-O League will also be represented in the Section VI Class B2 semis as No. 3 Akron faces No. 2 Allegany-Limestone at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Williamsville East.
Albion downed Alden 2-1 in last year’s B1 semifinal to advance to the sectional finals for the first time in program history where the Purple Eagles dropped a narrow 1-0 decision to N-O foe Newfane.
The Purple Eagles have been sparked offensively by the duo of Abby Scanlan with 17 goals and 6 assists and Brylie Hapeman with 13 goals and 17 assists. In all a total of 10 players have contributed goals to the Albion attack including Lexi Wolck (7), Mariah Plain (4), Kendall Derisley (4), Claire Squicciarini (3), Sarah Gregori (3), Alexis Bentley (2), Nicole Creasey (1) and Abbie Pappalardo (1).
Sydney Mulka, who has made 139 saves in goal and has a goals against average of 0.875, anchors the Albion defense which also features defenders Paige Derisley, Leah Pritchard, Aly Knaak, Mayra Reyes-Roserio, Bentley and Gregori.
East Aurora is led offensively by the duo of Katherine Jancerski with 20 goals and 10 assists and Katie Kivari with 20 goals and 11 assists.
The sectional meeting will be the second between Albion and East Aurora. The Purple Eagles dropped a narrow 2-1 to the Lady Blue Devils in the 2016 quarterfinal.
Holley, which has advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2009, has been led offensively by Hailee Passarell with 14 goals and 5 assists and Olivia Radford with 9 goals and 4 assists.
Marion has registered 14 shutouts in 17 games and has allowed a total of only 5 goals.
Kendall, which has advanced to the semis for the fifth straight year, is sparked on offense by Halee Mitchell with 21 goals, Grace Levett with 10 and Alezya Brown with 9.
Arkport-Canaseraga gained a spot in the semis by upsetting top seeded Honeoye 3-0.
Akron has been led offensively by the trio of Jenna Robnett (17 goals, 12 assists), Natalie Karmazyn (16 goals, 2 assists) and Kara Sequin (15 goals, 8 assists).