HAMMONDSPORT — Due to a week-long COVID-related pause, the Houghton boys soccer team was the last in the Big 30 to open its season.
In that time, the Panthers were unable to practice as the school had a week of virtual learning and had to postpone its first two scheduled games. But when they finally did take the field, they came away with a win.
Henry Sardina tallied all three goals to guide Houghton to a 3-1 non-league road win over Hammondsport on Monday night. Sardina netted a pair of first-half markers (in the 30th minute and with 6:18 remaining) to help give the Panthers a 2-1 lead at halftime. He then added an insurance marker with 17:14 left.
Hugo Hnang and Wes Davidson each added assists while Chris Habecker made five saves for Houghton. Alex Makitra scored while Ethan Buckley made 12 stops for Hammondsport.
“It was exciting for us because after having the week off and not practicing, we were a little nervous about how we’d come out,” Houghton coach Jeff Prentice said, “but we possessed it well, we distributed well, and we were impressed with the effort. Hammondsport battled, but we definitely had possession for most of the game.”
Canisteo-Greenwood 5, Friendship 0
CANISTEO — Ben Edwards notched a goal and an assist and Canisteo-Green outshot Friendship 13-2 en route to a one-sided win.
Hunter McCaffery, Derek Jackson, Trent McMindes and Evan Updyke also netted goals for C-G. Taylor Moore made seven saves for Friendship (0-4).
Pioneer 3, Springville 2
YORKSHIRE — Josh Chitty had a foot in all three goals, including scoring the game-winner in the 77th minute, as Pioneer earned its first win of the year in dramatic fashion.
Jake Wiseman scored off a Chitty pass in the 17th minute and Chitty tallied just one minute later as the Panthers took early control.
J.T. Carmody and Wiseman had the assists on Chitty’s markers. The Panthers moved to 1-4.
Fillmore 8, Holland 2
FILLMORE — Mitchell Ward collected a hat trick and Fillmore withstood an unorthodox alignment from Holland and multiple pushes by the Dutchmen for the victory.
In a game described by Fillmore coach Jamie Mullen as “weird” (due also to the nasty weather), Brent Zubikowski and Alex Ellsworth (assist) each netted a pair of goals while Layton Sanasith added the other marker for the Eagles. Damon Wood handed out two assists while Eben Schilke, Zach Sisson and Carter Sisson each added a helper for Fillmore.
Jake Galley and Noah Howlett both tallied for Holland (3-2), which managed to pull to within 3-1 and 4-2 in the first half. The Eagles answered by going up 5-2 at halftime and adding three more markers in the second stanza.
Graham Cahill made four saves for Fillmore (3-2), which outshot Holland, 25-6.
“We lost our (starting) keeper to some issues at school,” Mullen noted. “(Graham’s) a phenomenal sweeper and he’s bore the brunt of shifting into goal. It’s a thankless job, he’s done a really good job.”