By Alicia Dziak

Last Thursday, SGI’s varsity and JV girls’ soccer teams headed north to Tonawanda to take on the Lady Warriors on the school’s football field.

Dominating early on, varsity coach Eric Holler said one of their strengths was possession.

“We had the ball the majority of the game,” he said.

The girls came away with a 3-1 win, with Grace Zabawa scoring two of the goals and her twin sister, Kelsey, adding one goal and one assist.

Other standout players of the game included Nyah Solly on defense and Erin Drewiega, who Holler felt was “great with controlling the middle of the field and distributing the ball.”

The team showed improvement in everything from their first game in Alden the previous week, including communication, shot selection, 50/50 balls and marking.

THE FOLLOWING evening, the girls headed to Holland to play in a game rescheduled from earlier in the season due to weather.

The game headed into OT after regulation ended in 2-2, with goals by Grace Zabawa and Hannah Goetz. During the overtime period, a third goal was added by Kelsey Zabawa, but the Lady Dutchmen answered back with a goal of their own, resulting in a 3-3 tie. During the game, assists were registered by Erin Schneider with two and Grace Zabawa.

Injuries to both Jenasis Fisher and Nyah Solly left the Griffs without their starting sweeper and stopper, forcing Holler to play people out of position and they couldn’t possess the ball in the same way, resulting in some missed opportunities.

Of the game, Holler said, “Erin Schneider set up two goals and played really well in the midfield (and) Grace Zabawa was solid as usual.” The tie puts the Lady Griffs’ season record at 2-0-1.

The JV team added another game to their win column when they took on Tonawanda for their second matchup of the season. Similar to their first game together, the Lady Griffs dominated the play, winning 6-0. Goals were scored by Hannah Baumgartner, Lily Dziak, Alainey Leatherbarrow, Shelby Stisser, Shelby Smith and Dru Robinson, with assists being registered by Dziak, Stisser, Leatherbarrow and Paige Rosenswie.

Goalie Logan Lukert saw little action, but did have the opportunity to stop a penalty shot, earning her the shutout, with assistance from defenders Hannah Carrow, Ava Dziak, Lizzy Clark and Baumgartner.

“The team gave an outstanding effort,” said coach Kerri Voit.

The girls looked to continue their winning streak when they faced Olean at home on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 4:30 p.m.