Mustangs, Lady Eagles seek sectional soccer titles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 October 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – James Ianni (10) and his Medina/Lyndonville teammates will face league rival Newfane for the Section VI Class B-1 championship at 7:30 p.m.Thursday at Hamburg.

The Medina/Lyndonville boys team and the Kendall girls squad will both be taking aim at capturing sectional soccer titles over the next two days.

Advancing to the finals for the third time in the last four years, No. 2 seed Medina/Lyndonville will face Niagara-Orleans League rival and top seeded Newfane for the Section VI Class B-1 championship at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hamburg.

Medina/Lyndonville advanced to the finals by edging No. 3 Lafayette 2-1 while Newfane nipped Olean 1-0 in the other semi.

It marks the third meeting this season as Newfane won the first league encounter 4-3 in overtime while the second ended in a 1-1 overtime tie.

Offensively, Medina/Lyndonville, which is 12-4-2, has been led by Steven Anderson (16 goals, 5 assists), James Ianni (11 goals, 16 assists), Anthony Pane (8 goals, 4 assists), Ben Howell (5 goals, 1 assist) and Scott Barber (3 goals, 5 assists).

Patrick Eadie and Chad Gilson have both scored 15 goals to set the pace for Newfane which is 13-2-1.

Medina’s only previous sectional title came in 2011 when they nipped Tonawanda 1-0 at Hamburg.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Maya Rutland (13) and her Kendall teammates will take on Caledonia-Mudmford for the Section V Class CC title at 6 p.m. Friday at Webster Schroeder.

The top seeded Kendall girls squad, which has a rich playoff history having captured seven sectional titles in the last 20 years, will face No. 2 Caledonia-Mumford for the Section V Class CC championship at 6 p.m. Friday at Webster Schroeder High School.

The 15-1-2 Lady Eagles outlasted No. 5 Marion 1-0 in double overtime in the semifinals Tuesday on a goal by Nicole Browe.

Cal-Mum, which blanked No. 3 Bishop Kearney 3-0 in the other semi, is 13-2-3.

The Kendall offense is sparked by the trio of Maya Rutland (15 goals, 9 assists), Browe (14 goals, 4 assists) and Taylor ReQua (12 goals, 10 assists).

Kendall’s last sectional title came in 2003. The Lady Eagles have also claimed post season titles in 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002.