Newfane tips Akron to retain Class B title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 October 2017 at 8:27 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Newfane’s Kayleigh Daniels heads for the goal against Akron defender MacKenzie O’Brien during the Lady Panthers Class B title win over the Lady Tigers this evening at Williamsville South.

A two goal scoring burst midway through the second half earned Newfane a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Akron in an all Niagara-Orleans League Section VI Class B girls soccer championship game this evening at Williamsville South.

Trailing 1-0, Newfane pulled even when Meghan Mietlicki scored on a rebound off a direct kick shot by Sarah Milczarski with 27:48 to go in the second half.

The Lady Panthers then had a shot hit off the crossbar three minutes later before netting the game winner four minutes after that when Kayleigh Daniels got past the Akron defense and tallied with 20:02 remaining.

Akron had grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Jenna Robnett scored just 3:33 into the game off a nice centering pass from Kara Sequin.

The Lady Tigers later had a shot hit the crossbar with 4:45 to go in the opening half.

The victory earns Newfane a second straight Class B title and trip to the state playoffs. The Lady Panthers will next face Section V champion Aquinas in the Far West Regional on Friday evening at Williamsville South.

Last year Newfane defeated Palmyra-Macedon 2-0 in the Far West Regional to advance to the state semifinals where the Lady Panthers dropped a narrow 1-0 decision to Chenango Forks.

Newfane advanced to the sectional final by edging past Albion 1-0 in the Class B-1 championship game last Saturday while Akron blanked Wilson 3-0 in the Class B-2 title contest.

Newfane and Akron had split a pair of regular season N-O meetings by the identical score of 2-0.

Akron’s Kara Sequin looks to go up the sideline as Macy White comes in to defend for Newfane.