Black?Knights prevail on Senior Night

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek-Forestville Black Knights (10-2-1, 8-1-1) received a team effort in defeating Cassadaga Valley, 8-1, Tuesday in CCAA Central girls high school soccer.

Shelby Harford opened the scoring off an assist from Jade Lewis.

Hannah Seiders, who took third place earlier in the day for the Silver Creek cross country team, made an immediate impact as she scored within the first minute of being inserted into the game for a 2-0 advantage. She also added two assists before halftime.

Janelle Cossin, Trisha Pfleuger and Emily Harford each added first-half goals for a 5-0 halftime lead. Marisa Carline and Cossin were credited with assists in the opening 40 minutes.

In the second half, Silver Creek’s Emily Harford netted two straight goals for a 7-0 advantage. Shelby Harford and Lewis were credited with assists.

The Lady Cougars got on the board as Brittany Johnston found the back of the net off a corner kick feed from Rebecca Rothleder.

The Black Knights’ final goal came from Carline as Cossin earned the assist.

Jamie Hehir was the winning goalie with two saves while Meghan Rearick made 15 saves in a losing effort.

“It was Senior Night,” Silver Creek coach Kevin Rice noted. “I think the adrenaline was high for all of them. We played in our football stadium under the lights. It was good for the girls. We haven’t had a game under the lights in a few years. That got the adrenaline going.”

Rice also noted, the Lady Cougars were playing without their top defenseman in Olivia Ruiz, who was out due to an injury.

“Not taking anything way from Cassadaga Valley, but without her, they are not the same team,” Rice said. “She has very good skill and is aggressive. We won 5-0 last time, but it was a hard-fought 5-0. They are just a different team without Olivia.”

Silver Creek returns to action Thursday at Pine Valley.


Falconer 8, Chautauqua Lake 1

By Jay Young

Special to the OBSERVER

FALCONER – After a hard-fought victory against the Maple Grove Lady Red Dragons less than 24 hours earlier, the Falconer girls soccer team (11-0-1, 10-0) posted an 8-1 win against West Division opponent Chautauqua Lake (4-8-1, 3-8-1) Wednesday afternoon.

“We were a little bit banged up from yesterday, but I thought we played really well today,” Falconer coach Kersten Hardy said of her team.

The Lady Golden Falcons showed that almost from the start, taking an early lead in the fifth minute when Emma Steele hit teammate Andrea Volk with a well-placed clearing pass for the goal. Shortly after, Volk put the ball past Chautauqua Lake netminder Rachael Fortney yet again, but the shot was disallowed due to an offsides call.

Falconer recorded its second goal in the 28th minute of the first half when Delaine Waddington converted off a rebound with the assist coming from Randi Greene. The goal capped off a closely contested first half that ended 2-0 in favor of the Lady Golden Falcons. Fortney posted an impressive eight saves for the Lady Thunderbirds while Falconer’s Macey Mays stopped three shots.

“(In the) first half, I thought we did a pretty good job of getting scoring chances mixed with good defense,” Chautauqua Lake coach Ryan Smith said. “In the second half, it got away from us.”

Just two minutes into the second half, Volk had another goal following a pass from Amber Micek. Three minutes later, Volk recorded her lone assist when she set up Micek after a loose ball was mishandled by the Lady Thunderbirds’ goaltender.

Falconer then upped its lead to 5-0 when Abbey Warner banged home a well-placed cross from Waddington. Following Warner’s goal, Emma Steele increased the lead for Falconer on a deep shot from outside the 18.

Down 6-0, the Lady Thunderbirds finally found the back of the net after a good throw-in from Taylor Phelps was converted by Courtney Hewes.

Falconer added two more goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. The first came from a deep free kick that was taken by Emma Steele. Shortly after, Volk had a good opportunity for her hat trick but was denied by a solid save from Fortney. Volk found another opportunity, however, in the final minute to record her third goal.

Mays recorded five saves in goal for the Lady Golden Falcons. Fortney had an impressive 15 for the Lady Thunderbirds.