By Alicia Dziak
On Thursday, July 5, the U16 girls Avalanche hosted Arcade in a battle for the top spot in the division. While the two teams had already met once in tournament play, where Springville won 1-0, they had yet to play in the regular season.
Arcade came in with a 4-0-1 record, with one more game under their belts as the 3-0-1 Avalanche. As has proven true with other off-season matchups, from the first whistle, it was anyone’s game.
Springville scored first with a breakaway goal by Cora Boundy and took a 1-0 lead to the second half. A solid bench gave Springville somewhat of an advantage, but the hungry Arcade team came back with a goal midway through the second half. A lightning strike with five minutes left on the clock forced the teams to seek shelter for 30 minutes, giving the outnumbered and sub-less Arcade team some much-needed rest.
When the 30 minutes was up, and darkness was falling upon the JV field, Springville went back in ready to take on their rivals from the next town over. Shortly back into play, Boundy took the ball down the field, assisting Dru Robinson with the game winner, and Springville walked away with a 2-1 win.
On Tuesday, the girls took on Medina at home. Shelby Stisser launched one into the net early in the game to give Springville an early lead. From there, the game got heated, with numerous penalties, one resulting in a penalty kick for the Avalanche, which was unfortunately kicked over the net. With only a few minutes left on the clock, Cora Boundy scored a second goal for Springville, giving them the 2-0 victory. Logan Lukert earned the shutout. The entire team came together against a tough team, with especially exceptional play by Rachel Stressinger, Lily Dziak and Emma Gang. The win gives Springville five in a row.
Next week, the girls head to Kenmore on Tuesday and host Akron on Thursday.
Last Thursday, the U16 boys Griffins traveled to Kenmore. A very good and evenly-matched game resulted in a 1-1 tie, with Springville’s goal landing in net by Chris Smith. Coach Brian Jenis commended his defense on their tough play throughout the game.
On Friday, July 6, the U14 girls Wildcats played East Aurora on their home field. With only 11 girls, Springville played once again with no subs, but managed to score one goal with some other good passes. Coach Jason Bond said the team showed improvement in their passing game.
On Monday, the girls traveled to Niagara Wheatfield, looking for their first regular season win and they were successful, with a 4-1 score! Brooke Judkiewicz scored a hat trick, with Dru Robinson adding one.
Next up, the girls face Holland at home On July 16, where three of their players will face their former teammates from last summer.
The U12 boys Griffins played at home on Monday, looking to keep their winning streak going after last week’s huge 10-0 victory. The boys were successful against West Seneca, coming up with a 1-0 win. Springville’s goal was scored by Dylan Emerling with a beautiful cross from Ben Jenis. Brendan Wohlhueter earned the shutout.
On July 16, the boys will travel to Orchard Park.