By PAUL GOTHAM
Spots in the New York State semifinals are up for grabs when Section V and Section VI meet at Hilton High School this Friday and Saturday for the Boys’ Soccer Far West Regionals. Here’s the breakdown:
Class C Friday (Nov. 8) 5 PM
MAPLE GROVE RED DRAGONS (17-2-0/CCAA Division II Central) vs. KESHEQUA INDIANS (20-0-0/LCAA Division II)
How they arrived here: Fourth-seeded Maple Grove (No. 5 NYSSWA) opened sectionals with a 3-0 win over Chautauqua Lake. The Red Dragons continued with a 3-2 victory over Westfield-Brockton in the semifinals and a 1-0 triumph over reigning champion, Randolph in the finals.
Keshequa (No. 7 NYSSWA) downed No. 8 Caledonia-Mumford, 5-1 in the quarterfinals before beating Perry (3-0) and Marion (1-0) to reach the regional qualifier. The Indians handed East Rochester (No. 1 NYSSWA) its first loss of the season with a 1-nil win in overtime.
Total goals scored: Maple Grove (81), Keshequa (74)
Total goals allowed: Maple Grove (8), Keshequa (10)
Players to watch: Maple Grove – Caleb Foley (22 goals/3 assists), Nick Golando (11 goals/12 assists), Adam Marsh (2 goals/15 assists) and Tristan Spillane (14 goals/9 assists).
Keshequa — Aidan Wood (19 goals, three assists), Riley Rease (12 goals, eight assists), Reese Powers (five goals, 18 assists), Brendan White (53 saves in 686 minutes in goal, 0.466 goals against average), Jacob Cobin (25 saves in 605 minutes in goal, 0.793 goals against average).
Coaches: Cara Abbey (Maple Grove), Ron Macomber, Jr. (Keshequa)
What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS Class C semifinals against the Lansing (IV) vs. Bishop Grimes (III) winner.
Class A Friday (Nov. 8) 7:30 PM
NIAGARA WHEATFIELD FALCONS (17-1-1/NFL Niagara Division) vs. GREECE ATHENA TROJANS (16-2-2/Monroe County Division III)
How they arrived here: Top-seeded Niagara Wheatfield (No. 5 NYSSWA) opened the Class A1 tournament with a 2-1 win over McKinley. The Falcons followed with a 2-nil defeat of Hamburg in the semifinals and a victory over Williamsville-East in the championship game by an identical score. Jake Vallas and Ralph Wence scored a goal apiece to lead Niagara Wheatfield past Williamsville South, 2-0 in the qualifier.
Greece Athena (No. 12 NYSSWA) shut out No. 7 seed Irondequoit, 5-0 in the quarterfinals and followed that with a 3-nil win over Churchville-Chili in the semifinals. The Trojans outlasted crosstown rival Greece Arcadia, 3-2 to win their fourth sectional title in six years and moved on to the Elite Eight with a 3-nil over Pittsford Sutherland (No. 6 NYSSWA).
Total goals scored: Niagara Wheatfield (71), Greece Athena (61)
Total goals allowed: Niagara Wheatfield (5), Greece Athena (20)
Players to Watch: Niagara Wheatfield – Noah Morelli (6 goals/4 assists), Andrew Ramballi (5 goals/9 assists), Jake Vallas (22 goals/12 assists), Ralph Wence (14 goals/11 assists) and AJ Zarcone (5 goals/3 assists).
Greece Athena – Victor Alongi (6 goals/4 assists), Othman Belhseine (19 goals/5 assists), Jared Burns (Jr. goalkeeper), Ryan Fitzgerald (2 goals/5 assists), Michael Loiacono (2 goals, 1 assist), Nate Masucci (2 goals/3 assists), Brian Piendel (4 goals/1 assists), Dylan Rice (18 goals/14 assists), Gavin Rice (4 assists), Michael Tracey (1 goal/4 assists).
Coaches: John Coulter (Niagara Wheatfield), Mike Butler (Greece Athena).
Class D Saturday (Nov. 9) 1 PM
NORTH COLLINS EAGLES (9-7-0/CCAA Division II Central) vs. FILLMORE EAGLES (18-1-1/Allegany County Division I)
How they arrived here: Second-seeded North Collins (No. 9 NYSSWA) opened with a 5-nil win over Pine Valley before knocking off top-seeded Riverside-Riverside Academy, 2-nil to reach regionals for a second straight year.
Fillmore (No.5 NYSSWA) defeated No.9 Arkport/Canaseraga 4-2 in the quarterfinals and shut out No.4 Kendall in the semis. The Eagles won the Class D1 title with a 2-0 win over No.2 Avoca and advanced to regionals with a 2-1 win over Scio in the qualifier.
Total goals scored: North Collins (33), Fillmore (90)
Total goals allowed: North Collins (41), Fillmore (14)
Names to know: North Collins – Christian Loretto (5 assists), Anthony Puntillo (2 goals/6 assists), Alex Teijeira (20/5 assists), Carson Teijeira (7 goals/4 assists) and Mitchell Warsaw (5 assists).
Fillmore- Levi Webb (20 goals, 10 assists), Tobias Webb (17 goals, six assists), Mitchell Ward (12 goals, six assists), Ethan Peet (11 goals, 22 assists), Trevor Clark (six goals, six assists), Dylan Valentine (1,185 minutes in goal, five goals against).
Coaches: Jay Walters (North Collins), Jamie Mullen (Fillmore).
Class B Saturday (Nov. 9) 3:30 PM
LACKAWANNA STEELERS (18-3-0/ECIC Division IV) vs. BATH-HAVERLING RAMS (20-0-0/LCAA Division I)
How they got here: Sixth-seeded Lackawanna (No. 11 NYSSWA) opened the Section VI Class B1 tournament with a 2-1 win over Medina-Lyndonville before taking down No. 2 East Aurora (2-1) in the semifinals and No. 1 Maryvale (3-2) in the championship. The Steelers clinched a spot in the regional with a 3-1 win over B2 champion Eden in the qualifier.
Bath-Haverling (No.1 NYSSWA) defeated No.8 Wayland-Cohocton and No.4 World Of Inquiry School #58 to snag a spot in the championship round. The Rams won the Class B2 crown with a 4-nil victory over No.7 Bishop Kearney and advanced to their second straight regional with a 2-1 victory over Palmyra-Macedon.
Total goals scored: Lackawanna (81), Bath-Haverling (84)
Total goals allowed: Lackawanna (26), Bath-Haverling (10)
Names to know: Lackawanna – Kamul Abdullah (9 goals/3 assists), Ali Alhoqobie (6 goals/5 assists), Ali Alomari (48 goals/13 assists) and Ahmed Naiad (4 goals/9 assists).
Bath-Haverling — Thomas Binkowski (30 goals, 18 assists), Lorenzo Serafini (14 goals, one assist), Keefer Calkins (11 goals, eight assists), Sam Arnts (seven goals, two assists), Jordan Deats (75 saves in 1,518 minutes in goal, 0.474 goals against average).
Coaches: Abdul Norman (Lackawanna), Matt Hill (Bath-Haverling)
Class AA Saturday (Nov. 9) 6 PM
LANCASTER LEGENDS (12-5-2/ECIC Division I) VS. FAIRPORT RED RAIDERS (13-3-3/Monroe County Division I)
How they arrived here: Third-seeded Lancaster (No. 11 NYSSWA) opened sectionals with a 3-0 win over Frontier before taking down No. 2 seed Williamsville-North (1-0) in the semifinals and Orchard Park (4-1) in the championship.
Fairport (No.7 NYSSWA) defeated No.9 seed Webster Schroeder 2-0 in the quarterfinals before downing fifth-seeded Webster Thomas 1-0 in the semis. The Red Raiders advanced with PKs over McQuaid.
Total goals scored: Lancaster (37), Fairport (40)
Total goals allowed: Lancaster (18), Fairport (14)
Names to know: Lancaster – Williams Breski (7 goals/3 assists), Josh Conklin (3 goals/7 assists), Joshua Marinaccio (4 goals/4 assists), Riley Quinn (10 goals), Gabriel Revelas (2 goals/8 assists), Luke Suchyna (3 goals/3 assists).
Fairport – Jude Rouhana (9 goals, 3 assists), Myles Palmer (6 goals, 2 assists), Ryan Collins (2 goals, 6 assists), Michael Nesser (50 saves, 14 goals against in 1309 minutes), Rorie Simpson (4 goals, 3 assists), Caden Brunken (3 goals, 6 assists), Kinglsey Malcolm (4 goals, 2 assists).
Coaches: Luciano Gallo (Lancaster), Gianni Bussani (Fairport)