SPRINGVILLE — Goals have been few and far between for the Springville-Griffith Institute junior varsity boys, with shutout losses on Sept. 24 at home against Pioneer 1 – 0 and on the road versus Amherst on Sept. 29 3 – 0. The boys’ defense got by North Collins 2 – 1 on Sept. 26. The boys’ record is 3 – 6, through nine games.
The game against North Collins was the teams’ first of two meetings this season.
“The Griffins has the better part of the play, in the first half,” said Coach Martin Niefergold, as his team held the game scoreless, going into halftime.
About 15 minutes into the second half, North Collins drew first blood, after a North Collins player redirected a free kick into the net for the 1 – 0 lead. After a time, Springville’s leading scorer, Nick Lavanture, converted a Damian Fisher setup, to tie the score at one in the second half.
Later in the game, Springville’s attack sought the lead and, with 15 minutes to go Garrett Frank passed to Dustin Emerson, who scored the game-winning goal. Stephen Lightcap took care of the rest in goal, to preserve the win. Niefergold said Lightcap was “impressive” and added that “the rest of the defense stepped up, as well.”
The boys dropped the Amherst game 3 – 0. “The Griffins played a very inspired game, consisting of many scoring opportunities,” the coach said. “The entire team put in a great effort and the game was much closer than the first game of the year when these teams met in Springville.” That opening game was a 5 – 1 Springville loss to Amherst.
Springville had been shut out five times after that second meeting with Amherst and tried to convert more offensive opportunities, on Oct. 2 in Lakeshore. Springville also hosted Maryvale, later in the week.
On Oct. 9, the boys will be in Cheektowaga, a team Springville defeated 4 – 0 on Sept. 13. That game begins at 4:30 p.m.