THAT BALL IS MINE — Matt Proctor battles an opponent for the ball, during the recent match against Franklinville.
WEST VALLEY — The West Valley Central School boys varsity soccer team finished up the regular season with a victory. After falling to Frewsburg and Silver Creek, each with 2-0 scores, the team rebounded against Franklinville.
The Wildcats traveled to Franklinville on Oct. 19, for a non-league matchup. The Wildcats came away with a 4-2 victory, to avenge a 3-2 season opener loss to the Panthers. This marks the fifth road win for the Wildcats on the season.
Despite a 1-1 halftime tie, the team rallied with 3 second-half goals for the win. Rin Tojo scored his 15th and 16th goals of the season, to lead the way. Matt Proctor and Ethan Boberg also added goals. Austin Wierzba and Emil Erlandson each tallied two assists and Jon Zimmer made 15 saves.
A strong defensive outing by Derek Wells, Mike Nowak, Brandon Rockwood, Jesse Nelson, Collin Proctor and Evan Williams led the team to its ninth win, according to coach Kristopher Fuller. This extends the team’s all-time mark for season wins to nine. At 9-7 overall, the team has finished above .500 for the first time in program history with .563 winning percentage.
Erlandson has racked up 10 assists, earning him a first place tie, in the league. Wierzba ended with 7 goals in eighth, and had seven assists, tied for fourth place. Tojo’s 16 goals placed him second in the league. His 16 goals are the most by a sophomore in the Chautauqua – Cattaraugus Athletic Association, leading all his peers from the West, Central and East divisions.
The team finished the season 9-7 overall and 6-6 in league play. They earned the No. 3 seed and will take on No. 2 Ellicottville in the playoffs. The boys’ semi-final playoff game is Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Dunkirk.