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West Valley varsity soccer falls in semifinals

The West Valley Central School boys varsity soccer team experienced its ups and downs throughout the 2012-13 season, but it all resulted in a playoff berth and a matchup in the semifinals with Ellicottville, on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Pioneer hosted the playoff game.

At 4:43 in, Cole Stanbro, one of the team’s leading scorers this fall, found the back of the net, to put West Valley up 1 – 0. That goal, which was assisted by Gaege Morris, held up at halftime, as the only goal in the game to that point.

Coach Kristopher Fuller said, “The Wildcats controlled the pace of the game,” as offensive pressure from Stanbro, Morris, Derek Wells, Jared Ras, Mike Grigsby and Patrick Enser sought to double the lead.

At the other end, the defense limited Ellicotville to 10 shots. In the second half, two flew by West Valley goaltender Dylan Westfall, who ended the game with eight saves.

The comeback allowed Ellicottville to advance, eliminating West Valley from contention.The final buzzer concluded the West Valley varsity boys soccer team’s first season since 1996, a season that also ended in a loss.

Fuller admitted at the beginning of the season that, “as expected, the team enters the season as the underdog.”

None of the players participating on the team this season had any previous varsity or junior varsity experience going into the season, but now each member has one season under his belt, with playoff competition to go with it.

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