By Alicia Dziak
Last week Wednesday, the Varsity team headed to Holland to play under their lights at their recently-reopened middle school. Unfortunately, due to lightning, the game never got started and is rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 7 in Holland.
On Friday morning, they headed to Alden. The game got off to a rough start, going down 2-0 in the first 10 minutes of play.
From there, Springville was able to rally, with Grace Zabawa putting four goals in net for the Lady Griffs, two assisted by Kelsey Zabawa, with Erin Schneider and Autumn Snyder adding an assist each as well.
“Nyah Solly bailed us out time after time on defense,” said coach Eric Holler. “Grace Zabawa buried her chances. Kelsey Zabawa set up two goals and created a lot of other chances.”
In addition, JV player Jackie Roggie was called up, and played well in her first varsity action, and starting goalie Amy Stabell was not there, leaving Emma Gang to fill in as keeper.
Holler noted other strengths of the team included their perseverance and that everyone contributed. Going forward, the team will look to come out stronger, improve their communication and finish quality chances.
“Overall, it was a good victory against a quality opponent,” he said.
On Thursday, the girls take on Tonawanda, and then host JFK at home on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
On Wednesday last week, SGI’s JV girls’ soccer team kicked off their season at home against Tonawanda, a team they didn’t play last year, but who this year is in-league. The lopsided game saw the Lady Griffs come up with a 4-0 victory, with goals scored by Alainey Leatherbarrow and Shelby Smith, with two each. Assists were registered by Lily Dziak and Dru Robinson. A late-game collision between Lukert and a Tonawanda offensive player stopped the play. The injury left the Lady Warriors with only 10 players (one less than the number that should be on the field) so when thunder sounded, the refs decided to call the game instead of taking the 30 minute delay. Hannah Carrow, Lizzy Clark and Ava Dziak anchored the defense, with Logan Lukert earning the shutout in net.
On Friday, the JV girls also headed to Alden, and quickly took control of their game, with two early goals by Alainey Leatherbarrow, assisted by Hannah Carrow and Shelby Stisser. The second half saw Alden scoring their lone goal of the game on a corner kick, followed by numerous penalties and controversial calls. Late in the game, Stisser launched one in from the left side off an assist by Lily Dziak, and the 3-1 score would be the final.
The JV girls head to Tonawanda on Sept. 6 and then host Olean on Sept. 12.