Lakemen down Mustangs to gain playoff berth

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 5 November 2020 at 9:52 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina/Lyndonville’s Dan Mandujano sends a header toward the net during this evening’s loss to Wilson at Vets Park.

Needing a victory to qualify for the up coming Section VI playoffs, Wilson bested Medina/Lyndonville 5-3 in the Niagara-Orleans League boys soccer season finale this evening at Vets Park.

Since Section VI requires teams to have a .500 record to compete in the sectionals this year Wilson needed the win to finish the N-O campaign at 5-5. Medina/Lyndonville, which had downed Wilson 3-0 earlier in the season, winds up N-O action at 5-4-1.

Wilson jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 30 minutes on two goals by Joey Moote and one by Jacob Darlak.

Medina/Lyndonville did cut the deficit to 3-1 by halftime as Casey Winiecki scored with seven minutes to go off an assist from Roman Heinsler.

The Mustangs then sliced the deficit to just one twice in the second half but both times the Lakemen quickly answered right back with a clutch goal.

First, the Mustangs made it 3-2 on a penalty kick goal by Nate Dillenbeck with 29 minutes to go in the second half.

However, Wilson answered right back just two minutes later on a penalty kick goal by Moote to make it 4-2.

Then late in the game the Mustangs cut the deficit to 4-3 on a rebound goal by Russell Stephens with 3:07 remaining.

The Lakemen though again answered the challenge as Moote scored the game and playoff clinching goal with 2:28 to go to make it 5-3.

Final N-O Standings: Roy-Hart 7-3, Akron 6-3-1, Newfane 6-4, Medina 5-4-1, Wilson 5-5, Albion 0-10.

Wheatland-Chili 3, Kendall 2 (OT)

Trailing 2-1, Wheatland-Chili rallied to tie the game with two minutes remaining in regulation time and then to pull out the 3-2 win at Kendall with a tally in the final three minutes of the second overtime.

Zach Barrett scored both goals for Kendall one in each half. Jake Esposito earned the assist on the second goal.

Kendall, which wraps up the regular season with a home game against Byron-Bergen on Friday, is now  4-8.

Medina/Lyndonville’s Roman Heinsler works to keep the ball away from Wilson’s Jack Schultz.