WEST VALLEY — On Sept. 23, the West Valley Central boys varsity soccer team traveled to Silver Creek to play in those schools’ first meeting. The team was losing 3-1, late in the second half, when the Wildcats made a comeback, scoring 3 goals in the last 20 minutes, to win 4-3.
In the first 10 minutes of the game, the Wildcats were down 2-1, with Matt Proctor scoring on a pass from Rin Tojo. Early into the second half, Silver Creek’s Black Knights scored a quick goal, to put West Valley in a 3-1 hole. Tojo scored on a pass from Emil Erlandson, with 20 minutes left, to begin the comeback. The deciding play of the game came with 15 minutes remaining, with Austin Wierzba drilling home a penalty kick for the 3-3 tie. Once Wierzba scored, the momentum shifted in West Valley’s favor, and the team was not going to be denied a victory, according to coach Kristopher Fuller.
The winning goal came with 10 minutes remaining, on a pass from Patrick Enser to Tojo, for that team’s second goal of the game.
The defense was anchored by Enser, Collin Proctor, Derek Wells, Gaege Morris, Evan Williams and Jesse Nelson. The offense was led by Tojo, Erlandson, Wierzba, Matt Proctor, Mike Nowak and Ethan Boberg.
“This victory set our longest winning streak, at three games, and gave us three league wins, [which is] one more than all of last season,” Fuller reported. “This was the greatest comeback in our program’s two seasons.”
Zimmer made 20 saves, for his fourth win of the season.
On Sept. 25, the Wildcats hosted Frewsburg and lost 4-1. Erlandson scored his first varsity goal. Zimmer made 20 saves, in the effort.
On Sept. 30, the Wildcats traveled to Cattaraugus-Little Valley and lost 2-1 in double overtime. Wierzba scored off a pass from Erlandson and Zimmer made 15 saves, including what Fuller called a “spectacular” penalty kick save.
At the halfway point of the season, the Wildcats’ record now stands at 4-4 overall and 3-3 in league play. Through eight games, the Wildcats have scored 16 goals, eclipsing last season’s mark of 13.
The West Valley varsity boys Wildcats soccer team played the Cassadaga Valley Cougars away on Oct. 2 and host the Cougars on Oct. 5.