Weekly Feature

2016-10-19 / Sports

Sweet Home boys soccer blanks South, wins first ECIC II title since 2010


Sweet Home’s boys soccer team might be the hottest team heading into the Section VI Tournament.

The Panthers closed the regular season unbeaten in its last seven, including wins last week over St. Joe’s, 1-0, Oct. 10 at home as part of “Super Monday” featuring public versus private schools; West Seneca East, 9-3, on the road Wednesday, Oct. 12; and Williamsville South, 6-0, at home Friday.

The win over South avenged a 3-2 loss earlier in the season and clinched the Panthers the ECIC Division II title, the team’s fifth league crown in school history and the first since 2010.

“It was the biggest home game we have played since I have been there,” Sweet Home coach Scott Martin said. “It was our senior night. They were focused in pre-game. I had a feeling we were going to play good. They wanted it. I’m so happy for them.”

The game remained scoreless until Aaron Robinson scored from Yousef Alhorebi at 21:04 of the first half. It was the first of three goals in a 10-minute span.

Noah Keem added a goal from Robinson six minutes later and Robinson added a second goal four minutes later from Alhorebi.

Robinson completed a hat trick 10 minutes into the second half, assisted by Nicholas Peters.

“He played like a different person,” Martin said. “He was unbelievable.”

Alhorebi, from Keem; and Keem, from Derek Lewis, closed out the scoring 21:02 and 24:10 of the second half.

Goalie Matthew Ciminelli recorded eight saves for the shutout.

South coach Trevor Lawler said it was the best game he had seen Sweet Home play.

“I thought we actually played pretty well for most of the game, he said. “Unfortunately they have a lot of speed up front and hit us really well on the counter attack. I thought we out-possessed them, but we couldn’t score. They were clinical. They had three shots in the first half and scored on all of them. From there, we were pushing forward to get goals back and they hit us on the counter a few more times. We just made too many mistakes that cost us.”

The win clinched Sweet Home (13-2-1, 9-2-1) the second seed for the Section VI Class A-1 Tournament. They will play the winner of West Seneca East-West Seneca West in a quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Keem tied his own single game school record for goals with seven against West Seneca East. Keem scored 10 seconds into the first half and also at the 1:10, 7:10, 15:10, 18:10 and 32:10 marks, and 20:10 into the second half. Keem also recorded two assists.

Keem also tallied seven goals in the team’s 9-1 win over West Seneca East Sept. 21.

Sweet Home led 8-1 at halftime in the rematch.

Matthew Gemsheim and Niklas Meyer added a goal and assist in the rematch, and Robinson, Alhorebi, Daniel Lund, Mack Bluman and Lucas Marshall added assists.

Keem scored the game-winning goal against St. Joe’s, assisted by Gemsheim, at 33:10 of the first half.

“It had a sectional feel for it,” Martin said. “It was a good win for us. Matt played the ball into Noah and Noah got there as the keeper did. Somehow the ball squirted away from the goalie and Keem got a touch and pushed it past the defender. It was a scrappy goal but a hustle goal.”

Ciminelli made 10 saves for the shutout.

South travels to Williamsville East for an A-1 quarterfinal game at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Both teams split against each other during the regular season.

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