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Thursday roundup: Wolverines end regular season with 5th win in last 6 games in 3-0 whiteout GV/Belfast to record program history; Fri/Scio, Fillmore wins, Houghton and Hinsdale fight to a 1-1 draw

By CHRIS BROOKS, Sports Writer, wellsvillesports.com

BELMONT – Over the past week on the football pitch, history has been rewritten. Recently, it was the Fillmore Eagles who saw two of their star point guards – Mitch Ward and Hope Russell, find the school record books by becoming members of the exclusive 100 career goals club, with Ward earning the prestigious leader of all time. scorer mark for the men’s soccer program in addition.

With the final two days of action now in effect and the sectional tournament more than in sight, an opportunity to rewrite a little more history presented itself at Judy Bliven Field in Belmont on Thursday night in the final match of the two Bolivar-Richburg and the Genesee Valley/Belfast regular season.

Last time out was a 1-1 draw in a close encounter at Bolivar. This time, the Wolverines would have the first and only say.

Although they were overtaken by a 14-10 tally, they were the first to find an opening on the pitch, as Ryder Easton and Reiss Gaines helped Bolivar-Richburg take a big leap forward in the seat of the driver with their goals in the first half. With that, a creation of a lead that Genesee Valley/Belfast couldn’t whittle away, claiming their fifth win in the last six games to head to the strong Sectionals behind their 3-0 shutout on the road.

With the win, the Wolverines would go down in program history with a 13-2-1 aggregate record going into next week’s Sections – a mark that is now their all-time best, with a chance to lock in a header series among the first 3. in the C2 class tournament now in sight.

“It was a great team effort from the team tonight. All the boys played really well together and we put ‘us’ before ‘me’. I’m so happy with the effort we put in. deployed to come away with some of the best football this program has ever had. We can’t wait to see what lies ahead of us next week,” Wolverines coach Mike Zilker said.

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The momentum of the Wolverines offense (13-2-1) was shifted in their favor after a fiery start to the game in the first five minutes, rushing into the Genesee Valley / Belfast area with a pair of kicks corner, one of them being fired on goal by Ryder Easton who would see Reiss Gaines’ header ahead, but sail high and wide.

At 22:01, the visitors in white and red would finally find themselves on the board led by a rush into the attacking zone by Easton down the right wing after taking a pass from Landon Barkley near the middle. Easton then took a tight inside turn towards the Genesee Valley/Belfast net (6-6-4) and fired his shot over Thai Norasethaporn into the goal, and into the net to break the ice.

Almost immediately after the Bolivar-Richburg goal, the black-and-white hosts would offer their best chance of the evening.

On an error by Caden Gaines in the back. After trying to trap the ball in front of him to prevent it from reaching the defensive zone, Evan Turybury forced his way through and broke for goal. With a pair of defenders chasing behind him and David Abdo leaving the cage to challenge, Turybury would fire a shot inches from the entrance to level the game.

This would eventually lead to Bolivar-Richburg extending their lead just before the end of half-time, as Gaines connected on a huge early insurance play on a quick play back and forth in front of the net alongside Noah Little with 6:21 left on the clock, powering his shot straight for the near post.

With the lead in their hands, the Wolverines would control their own destiny. As the defense staved off the Genesee Valley/Belfast attack, in turn an attack from them would formulate one last time with nearly 10 minutes to play when Little connected on his own goal on a pass conceded by Aydin Sisson to cap the shutout victory.

“We outshot them, but we just couldn’t finish the ball. When they were able to create chances, they took advantage of them and it really showed,” said GV/Belfast coach Mark Sullivan. “David Baldwin was an absolute animal for them, and he is easily their best defender on the pitch. He owns every ball, and especially tonight. He is tall, fast, he hits and crosses the ball. He’s a great all-around player. I tip my hat to Bolivar. They are a great team and they are the real deal.

Abdo would record the win in the net for Bolivar-Richburg, stopping all 14 shots to earn the shutout. On the other side, Norasethaporn made seven saves for Genesee Valley/Belfast.

Both teams will now await their fate for the second season through the section selection process, which begins this weekend.

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Friendship/Scio 3, Andover/Whitesville 0

SCIO – Although the first half had no attacking capitalization between Andover/Whitesville and Friendship/Scio, there was still a second half to play on Thursday.

And it was one that Friendship/Scio made sure not to miss.

The hosts provided a full second-half barrage to keep clear of Andover/Whitesville’s grip, finding the back of the net three times in the space of seven minutes to set up what would become – a 3-0 shutout to finish their regular season on a high note heading into the sectional tournament next week.

“In the first half we were a bit slow but we managed to get back together,” said Friendship/Scio co-coach Dillon McFall. “We were fired up in the second half, especially in defence. From the half-backs we played fast and made some nice moves without owning the ball. That’s the kind of stuff we haven’t seen much of this year. Tonight was nice to see the guys capitalize on their chances because of that.

Three goals would come just after the 10-minute mark of the second half, after Andover/Whitesville and Friendship/Scio (6-9-1) battled through midfield in the first half of 40 minute game. The hosts would come out swinging for the fences with not one or two, but three goals in the space of seven minutes starting with Brenden Loucks at 29:47.

Shortly after, Friendship/Scio’s lead increased to two with Ethan Davenport getting past the Andover/Whitesville defense (1-15) for his own goal. Finishing the win was last insurance on the leg of Jordan White, who found the back of the net with 22:49 left in the battle. The three goals would come on 15 total shots against the visitors, while the defense allowed just one from the field.

Taylor Moore would save that save for Friendship/Scio to recover the shutout, while Landon Ordway made 12 saves for Andover/Whitesville.

The regular season is over for both teams, as they now await sectional standings this weekend.

Houghton Academy 1, Hinsdale 1

HINSDALE — Previously, it was the Houghton Academy Panthers who took the show completely on their own turf against Hinsdale amid some of their best football games of the season. When the two teams came together once again, it was the Bobcats’ turn to give them all they had.

On Senior Night, the hosts would do just that by pushing Houghton Academy to its limits. Both teams would score just once in the 100 minutes played on the field on the final night of the regular season, as their final would end in their first draw – a 1-1 draw.

Detailed statistics were not made available to report upon publication.

Houghton Academy (10-5-1) and Hinsdale (6-8-1) will now await the division standings, which begin this weekend.

Fillmore 7, Cuba-Rushford 2

CUBA — The Fillmore Eagles’ regular season would end on back-to-back nights on the road, starting Thursday with a stop in Cuba-Rushford before heading to Wellsville on Friday.

With a pair of stepping stones to cross on their way to an undefeated regular season heading into the Sections, the Eagles would pick up where they left off from their big shutout win over CG Finney on Monday, using a five-goal first half. to their advantage to score a 7-2 win over the Rebels.

Between the two foes in the first 10 minutes, three goals would end up in the back of the net, Fillmore (15-0) scoring a 2-1 lead over Cuba-Rushford paid in part by Layton Sanasith, connecting with his mark at the first minute and later in the 8th minute on assists from Brent Zubikowski and Eben Schilke to break the ice.

The Rebels (3-12) shortly after Sanasith’s second, would cut their deficit in half with help from Will Adams and his unassisted scorer. That would be it for the blue-and-white hosts in the first 40-minute segment, as the Eagles scored three more unanswered goals to end the half with a 5-1 lead.

Schilke, Zach Sisson and Mitch Ward all featured in the visitors’ attacking efforts in white and green, with Sisson and Ward closing the half with back-to-back goals in almost five minutes. Previously, Ward would hand an assist to Schilke on his 15th-minute goal.

The scoring would end with Cuba-Rushford’s final tally from a play starting with Kaden Bell and ending with a rush to the Fillmore area by Jacob Smith just four minutes from the opening kick in the second half. As quickly as the Rebels entered the board, the Eagles responded by winning that goal with Ward’s second of the game.

Jack Cool would score Fillmore’s final goal in the 62nd minute on an assist from Zach Sisson to complete the victory, which saw the attack compile 21 shots in total. The Eagles would overtake Cuba-Rushford by a combined 21-4, with Luke Colombo taking the win after his two saves. On the other side, Jack Frank will make 14 saves.

Fillmore’s regular season wraps up tonight in Wellsville, starting with a first kick at 4:30 p.m., while Cuba-Rushford now awaits Sectional standings this weekend after concluding with a 3-12 record on aggregate.

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