Weekly Feature

2018-10-10 / Sports

NT girls soccer continues to surge toward postseason

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter

North Tonawanda’s girls soccer team is peaking at the right time of the season.

The Lady Lumberjacks improved to 8-5-1 with shutout wins against Niagara Wheatfield, 2-0, at home Oct. 2 and Niagara Falls, 5-0, at home Oct. 3 and at Niagara Falls, 4-0, Friday.

NT tied Niagara Wheatfield, 1-1, Sept. 1, but blanked them in the rematch.

“The win was huge for our confidence and a game we had circled on our schedule since the first time we played them,” NT coach Hannah Crouch said. “I knew we had the talent and ability to beat them, so it was super exciting for the kids to come and play well in the second half to get a win.”

NT received second-half goals by Isabella Finley into the top corner of the net in the sixth minute, assisted by Elizabeth Ambrusko, and Kylie Miranto on a volley from 20 to 30 yards away over the goalie’s head in the 27th minute.

“I called out my forwards and I had a feeling that they would respond well,” Crouch said. “I said they had to start pressuring up and going to the ball a little bit more, and they took on the challenge.”

Crouch also noted the play of defenders Sam DalPorto and Bridget Wilson for controlling the back and keeping everything out of NT’s end.

Goalie Jessica Tyrrell made four saves for the shutout.

NT scored four goals in the second half of the 5-0 victory over Niagara Falls.

Finley tallied in the 13th minute of the first half from Kaylee Valentic.

Olivia Hooley scored twice in the second half. Tessa Schmidt scored once, as did Kaia O’Rourke, from Valentic.

Tyrrell made one save.

NT scored all four of its goals in the first half in the rematch.

Finley tallied from Ambrusko in the second minute. Valentic tallied from Hooley seven minutes later.

Macey Gioeli, from Finley, and Finley, from Hooley, scored in the 33rd and 34th minute of the half.

Tyrrell did not have to make a save for the shutout.

NT travels to Lockport Monday, but information about the game was unavailable before The Bee went to press.

NT plays in a crossover game Wednesday, but its opponent and location was unavailable before The Bee went to press.


The Lady Warriors doubled up Eden for the second straight time, winning 4-2, Saturday.

“It was an important win because we want to finish the season strong,” Tonawanda coach Rachelle Matthys said.

Hanna Hamill, who had missed the past month due to an injury, was cleared to play and had a big presence, tallying a goal from 30 yards away five minutes into the first half, and assisting on two of Baylin Tighe’s three goals. Abby Opalinski assisted on Tighe’s other goal.

Tonawanda led 2-1 at halftime.

Matthys noted the play of right center midfielder Opalinski, outside right back Trinity Oliver, sweeper Madylyn Taylor and left back Emma Feinen.

Goalie Alyssa Aceti made three saves.

The Lady Warriors fell to Holland, 4-0, at home on Senior Night Oct. 3.

“We put forth a good effort,” Matthys said. “I told the team that if we played that way the entire season that our record would be different than what it is now.”

Cameron Kramer scored a hat trick for Holland.

Matthys noted the play of freshman defender Christa Oates.

Tonawanda (5-8) hosted Lackawanna Tuesday, but information about the game was unavailable before The Bee went to press. The Lady Warriors host JFK at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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