WEST VALLEY — The West Valley Central School varsity boys soccer team started the season with a winning streak, this week. The 1-0 team hosted Franklinville on Sept. 7, in the season opener. The Wildcats fell in the non-league match 3-2.
Scoring their first varsity goals were Austin Wierzba and Mike Nowak. Emil Erlandson added an assist and Jon Zimmer made 15 saves.
On Sept. 9, the Wildcats invited Cattaraugus-Little Valley to the home turf for a Cattaraugus County Athletic Association central match. This is the first time these teams have played one another, due to the new league alignments.
Wierzba scored on a penalty kick at 73 minutes, 43 seconds, to give the Wildcats all the offense they needed to bring home a 1-0 win. Zimmer made 15 saves and notched his first win and shutout of his career.
The offense had numerous shots on goal, throughout the game. West Valley’s offense was led by Wierzba, Nowak, Erlandson, Ethan Boberg, Matt Proctor and Rin Tojo.
The defense was led by Derek Wells, Collin Proctor, Gaege Morris and Patrick Enser.
The Wildcats defeated their Class C opponent with a complete team effort, according to coach Kristopher Fuller.
“This was the hardest-fought game the team has played in the program’s two years of existence,” the coach noted, about how the team has started off the new season.
“The boys played with tremendous heart and Wildcat pride, which resulted in the victory.”
West Valley is now 1-0 in league play. The team’s next match was played at home on Sept. 11, against Cassadaga Valley, followed by a Sept. 13 away game at North Collins.