By Alicia Dziak
Last week, the Varsity girls hosted Lackawanna. The very lopsided game resulted in a 10-0 win for the Lady Griffs. Cora Boundy, Hannah Goetz and Erin Drewiega scored two goals each, with Nyah Solly, Autumn Snyder, Grace Gernatt and Kelsey Zabawa adding one each. Assists were registered by Erin Schneider and Jacy Schelble with two each, and one from Jackie Roggie. Amy Stabell had the shutout, but didn’t see any action in net.
On Friday, the girls hosted Holland for their second matchup of the season, the first one ending in a tie. This time around, the game was once again very evenly matched. Springville scored first on a direct kick by Grace Zabawa, but Holland answered back on a goal off another direct kick. Soon after, Holland had a breakaway resulting in a shot that some thought went in the net and out the side, but the refs called it no goal. At the half, the game was tied at 1, and as the predicted storm moved in, the refs called for a 30-minute lightning delay. Unfortunately, the girls never saw more action after that, as the refs decided to play it safe and call the game. (Any game getting in at least half counts.)
The JV girls last week faced off against neighboring Pioneer, a team that has proved challenging for them in years past, but who they came out strong against in an early-season scrimmage. The 3-1 win was a reflection of the team’s hard work for the duration of the game.
Hannah Baumgartner scored the first goal on a rebounded penalty shot. In the second half, Alainey Leatherbarrow crossed a beautiful ball into the Panthers territory, where Shelby Stisser finished and scored their second goal. Late in the second half, Madalynn Schwanekamp put the ball in the back of the net, assisted by Mabel Robinson. Logan Lukert played an outstanding game in net for the Lady Griffs, holding them to just one goal for the game.
Two days later, the girls headed south to Olean for their second matchup of the season, the first of which was Springville’s only loss of the season in overtime. The outcome the second time around was much more favorable for the Lady Griffs, as they came away with a 2-0 win.
The game was scoreless at the half, but Shelby Smith landed one in net in the second half. Late in the game, Alainey Leatherbarrow helped secure the win with a second goal. Hannah Baumgartner, Lizzy Clark, Hannah Carrow, Deanna Johnson and Ava Dziak shut down the Olean offense the whole game, only allowing a few shots on net. Logan Lukert held strong in the net, allowing zero goals. Lily Dziak and Shelby Smith played strong for the Griffs offensively.
On Tuesday, the girls headed to Hamburg to battle it out on their turf. The game got off to a slow start, with the Bulldogs outplaying the Lady Griffs but missing several chances to score. Springville looked much better in the second half and had a couple scoring opportunities, but couldn’t capitalize. The game ended in a 0-0 tie.
The girls’ modified season kicked off their season last week with a game against Eden on Thursday. While Ari Smith and Ella Franklin created some excellent scoring opportunities for the Lady Griffs, the team couldn’t capitalize and the girls lost 2-0.
On Saturday, the girls took on JFK, taking away a huge 9-0 victory. SGI jumped out to a 4-0 lead at halftime behind Ari Smith’s four goals. In the second half, four other Griffs added to the scoring with Ella Franklin tallying two goals, and McKayla Ruhland, Ella Staniszewski and Cierra Bucci with one goal each. Chloe Lester and Andryea Hitchcock combined for the shutout.