SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith junior varsity boys soccer team is off to a competitive start for the 2013 season, according to coach Marty Niefergold. The boys’ first match-up, held on Sept. 3 at home against Amherst, ended in a 1-1 tie in double overtime. Nolan West only allowed one goal on a penalty kick and Parker Czerniak scored the lone Griffin goal.
That game was followed by a home game against Holland on Sept. 6. The Griffins brought home a 3-1 loss, in that game. David Reese scored a goal, late in the game for Springville, to break the shutout.
On a hot and humid day at Lake Shore on Sept. 10, the boys picked up their first victory of the season. Down 1-0 at halftime, Zach Heary scored to tie the game in the second half, and regulation ended with the game tied 1-1.
Sudden death overtime ended 4 1/2 minutes later, when Reese kicked the ball about 30 yards into the net, to give Springville a 2-1 overtime victory.
The following day, the Griffins hosted the North Collins Eagles on yet another scorcher. Czerniak scored, with eight seconds remaining in the first half, to give the Griffins a 1-0 halftime lead. After a North Collins goal, with 15:04 remaining in the second half, the officials stopped the game, due to thunder. The game ended in a 1-1- tie.
On Sept. 13, Springville hosted Cheektowaga and played their best game yet, according to Niefergold. With goals from Czerniak and Nick Lavanture in the first half, Reese added a goal in the second half, to give Springville a 3-1 victory.
Pioneer visited Springville on Sept. 16 and left with a 1-0 victory. The only goal came two minutes into the game, when a Pioneer player shot from 20 yards out. The ball deflected off of a Springville defender, changed direction and gave Pioneer its winning goal.
“The Griffins are off to a great start with a 2-2-2 record,” said Niefergold.