BUFFALO — Sophomore Reese Redeye-Desposito scored late in the first half to make it a one-goal game, but the skill of Newcomer Academy at Lafayette proved to be too much for the Salamanca/Cattaraugus-Little Valley boys soccer team on Tuesday.
Lafayette (9-5-1) won the first-round Section 6 Class B-2 playoff game, 4-1, pulling away after the War Wolves cut the deficit to 2-1 with three minutes remaining before halftime at All-High Stadium.
Darec Funke assisted on the lone goal for S/C-LV (3-9-5). Goalkeeper Bobby Steffy made a season-high 16 saves.
Theovie Louzala scored twice for Lafayette, Kibram Gebrekidoud scored once and Muhammad Fairus marked the final goal. Lafayette scored its last two goals in the final 15 minutes to put the game away. Joel Muhigirwa made four saves in net.
“We were in there for most of the game,” said S/C-LV coach Matt Kronert. “They were incredibly skilled. Their ball movement was probably some of the best we’ve played against, if not the best, we’ve played against all year. I was really happy with our effort. Bobby had probably his best game of the year, three or four just ridiculous saves that I thought he had no business saving and somehow stopped.”
Kronert admitted it was a frustrating first season coaching the S/C-LV varsity, especially after ties in his first three games and five of the first seven games.
“We were hoping for at least a .500 (record), somewhere around there,” he said. “Unfortunately the ties at the beginning of the year, having so many, kind of took a toll on us and ended up hurting our momentum a little bit. That held us back, but I was happy in terms of the effort that they gave every day. Some teams when you’re only winning three games for the year, they quit and they don’t give you everything they’ve got. I was happy that didn’t happen, they still fought like they were going to win every game.
“Tough results at times,” he added, “but I’m looking forward to the group that we’ve got to build upon for next year.”