By Alicia Dziak

The inaugural season of the Springville Soccer Club is in full swing, with all four teams working hard to build up Springville’s reputation in soccer.

Last Thursday, the U16 boys Griffins traveled to Lockport and came away with a 2-0 win. The goals were scored by Jake Schreiber and Ben Sullivan. Solid defensive effort was put in by Zach Hughey and Charlie DiGangi, and Andrew Jenis earned the shutout in net. Their regular season record is now 2-1.

On Saturday, all four teams participated in the Odenbach Cup, a two-day tournament held at the West Seneca Soccer Complex.

The U16 boys played KenTon in their first game, and came away with a 2-1 win. The goals were scored by Andrew Fisher and Chris Smith.

Their second game of the day saw them facing off against Alden. Springville’s goal was scored by Jake Schreiber on a penalty kick, but Alden answered with a penalty shot of their own, tying it up as regulation time expired. Going into shootout, the Griffins came up short, resulting in a 2-1 loss.

The U16 girls Avalanche played South Buffalo in their first matchup, and were outplayed, resulting in a 7-0 loss.

In game 2, with two more of their players arriving, the girls came together and rallied from their earlier loss, taking on Arcade. A very even matchup resulted in a 1-0 win for the girls, with the goal scored by Cora Boundy on a breakaway. Logan Lukert earned the shutout in net. The game combined solid offense from Boundy, Jackie Roggie, Megan Seifried, Dru Robinson and Morgan Kotlarsz, great midfield play by Mabel Robinson, Shelby Stisser, Hannah Carrow and the Dziak sisters, and tough defense from Emma Gang, Shay Ellis, Maddie Schwanekamp and Rachel Stressinger.

The U14 girls Wildcats played West Seneca in their first game, and lost 5-0 despite their best efforts.

In their second game, they played against Alden, and came up with a big 3-1 win. The first two goals were scored by Alainey Leatherbarrow, assisted by Lily Dziak and Ella Uhteg, with the third being put in by Uhteg. Ella Robinson, Elaina Bond and Sophia Cureo played a great game on defense, anchored by goalie Madison Lissner. Ella Franklin played solid midfield.

The U12 boys Griffins took on Lake Shore in game 1, and dominated the game, resulting in an 8-1 victory. Memphis Brueckman and Dylan Emerling each added a hat trick, and Ben Jenis and Garret Karb had one goal each to round out the scoring.

In game 2, they faced Clarence, and got their second win of the day, 4-2. Goals were scored by Memphis Brueckman, Brendan Wohlhueter, Evan Braunsheidel and Rowen Oakley, with strong goal tending by Aiden Dobson.

With two wins, the boys returned to the tournament on Sunday, where they took on Niagara Wheatfield. At the end of regulation time, the score was tied at 3 with goals by Rowen Oakley, Brendan Wohlheuter and Bryce Judkiewicz. The game went into shootout, and the boys unfortunately lost 4-3.

On Monday, the U14 girls played at home against Concord, not to be confused with the town many of us live in. (Concord Soccer Club is actually located in the Fredonia area, and is the other new club in the Buffalo and Western New York Soccer league this year.) The girls were outplayed by the opposing team, and the result was a 5-0 loss.

Next up, the girls will play on Monday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at home vs. Delaware City.

Also on Monday, the U12 boys took on Yemen, and came back from 2-3 at half time to win the game 5-3. Memphis Brueckman and Evan Braunsheidel added two goals each, and Dylan Emerling had one.

The U12 boys will head to Lake Shore for their next game on Monday, June 18.

The U16 boys play at home against West Seneca on Thursday at 6:45 p.m.

The U16 girls play away at Orchard Park on Thursday.