By Alicia Dziak

Photo by Jaime Dickinson

Last week Thursday, the U16 girls Avalanche played their home opener against Niagara Wheatfield, and came up with a 4-1 win. The first goal was scored by Shelby Stisser on a breakaway, with the second goal by Jackie Roggie, also unassisted.

The early part of the second half got off to a rough start, with a series of penalties and Niagara Wheatfield scoring their lone goal. However, Stisser and Roggie answered back with one more goal each, Roggie’s assisted by striker Cora Boundy, resulting in the comfortable lead that would be the final score.

Boundy, Mabel Robinson, Lily Dziak, Destiny Lightcap and Ava Dziak controlled a majority of the 50/50 balls coming from the opposing goalie, and Morgan Kotlarsz had a personal best passing game up front. The entire defense also hustled until the final whistle.

The girls’ regular season record now sits at 2-0-1 as they head to Tonawanda on Thursday, June 28 in hopes of continuing their winning streak.

Also last Thursday, the U16 boys Griffins traveled to Grand Island, walking away with a 3-1 victory. A hat trick was registered by Chris Smith, with strong offensive effort also put in by Cameron Denny, Nathan Gernatt and Andrew Fisher. Jared Hecht, Jake Schreiber and Austin Walker owned the midfield and shut Grand Island down, and anything that got by them was gobbled up by the defense. “We controlled the whole game,’ said coach Brian Jenis. “They are working great as a team.”

The boys’ regular season record is at 3-1-1, as they take on Lancaster-Depew on their home field on Thursday, June 28.

On Monday, June 25, the U14 girls Wildcats played in Hamburg, with both teams looking for their first win of the regular season. Springville gave away two goals on direct kicks right outside the penalty box, and three more on outside shots by the Monarchs. The Wildcats landed in two of their own on an unassisted goal by Alainey Leatherbarrow, followed by a goal by Dru Robinson off an assist from Lily Dziak, but it wasn’t enough to earn the win, and the final score came in at 5-2.

On July 2, the girls head to Orchard Park.

Also on Monday, the U12 boys Griffins switched their away game in Amherst to a home game in Colden, and came away with a big 10-1 win. Memphis Brueckman scored 4 goals, Ben Jenis added 3, Justin Emerling scored 2 and Dylan Emerling scored 1.

Next up, the boys host Alden on July 2.