Mustang booters win to gain B-1 finals
BUFFALO – A goal in the final seconds of the first half ignited No. 2 seed Medina/Lyndonville to a 2-1 victory over No. 3 Lafayette this afternoon in the semifinal round of the Section VI Class B- 1 boys soccer playoffs at All-High Stadium.
The victory advances the Mustangs to the sectional finals for the third time in the last four years with Niagara-Orleans League foe Newfane to provide the opposition in the B-1 title contest on October 31.
Ben Howell scored on a header, off a corner by Steven Anderson, with just 38 seconds to go in the first half to put Medina/Lyndonville on top to stay.
Keeping the momentum, the Mustangs then netted what proved to be the game winning goal just six minutes into the second half on a shot by Anthony Pane, off a throw-in by James Ianni, for a 2-0 lead.
Lafayette did make the finish exciting by scoring with 26 minutes remaining to cut the deficit to 2-1.
However, Medina/Lyndonville goalie Adam Hoot, who came up with huge two saves down the stretch, one on a diving stop and the other by turning back a shot from point blank range, kept the Mustangs on top.
“Survive and advance, survive and advance, that’s all you want to do in sectionals,” Medina/Lyndonville coach Steve Luksch said. “It’s just a great accomplishment by the kids to make the sectional finals for the third time in four years. That was our goal at the start of the season. I’m just real proud of them. It was a total team effort.”
Medina/Lyndonville controlled play for much of the first half.
However, the Muatangs couldn’t connect on four solid shots on goal in the first 12 minutes.
Then later in the half the Mustangs had a header go off the cross-bar and a few minutes later missed a shot from point blank range before Howell’s header found the Lafayette net in the final seconds.
Lafayette had an apparent goal waved off in the opening minutes of the second half and Medina/Lyndnville capitalized on the break as Pane scored off a throw-in by Ianni.
Lafayette did answer with a goal off a corner opportunity but the rest of the way it was Hoot and the Mustangs defense throwing a shut-out. Hoot made two diving stops and then a huge stop of a shot from in close at point blank range with 13 minutes to go.
“Adam did a real nice job for us, especially in the second half. He made some real big saves,” Luksch said.
Newfane nipped Olean 1-0 in the other semifinal on a goal by Chad Gilson.
Medina/Lyndonville played to a pair of overtime contests against Newfane during the N-O season. The Panthers won the first meeting 4-3 and the second ended in a 1-1 tie.
Kendall 6, Cuba-Rushford 0
KENDALL – Top seeded Kendall rolled to a 6-0 victory over No. 8 Cuba-Rushford this evening in a Class CC quarterfinal as Nicole Browe scored three goals, Maya Rutland two and Taylor Kingsbury one.
Kari Hurlbutt earned the shut out in goal.
Kendall jumped out to a commanding 4-0 first half lead on three goals by Browe and one by Maya Rutland.
Taylor ReQua had two assists for Kendall as Browe, Maye Rutland, Taylor Rutland and Tania Arellano each had one.
Kendall improves to 14-1-2 on the season.
In Class CCC No. 2 Mynderse defeated No. 7 Holley 2-0 with a pair of second half goals.
Akron 5, Roy-Hart 2
No. 4 seed Akron defeated No. 12 Roy-Hart 5-2 in the Section VI Class B-2 quarterfinals.
Emma Lindke and Amber Villella scored the goals for Roy-Hart.