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Buscaglia Returns With Thunder; Williamsville East Advances To Far West Regionals

Trey Buscaglia was forced to call in sick for the Class A-1 Section VI title game last week so his teammates worked some overtime and got him that championship.

He paid them back on Tuesday night.

Buscaglia scored three times and the Flames won the overall Class A crossover championship game, dominating Lewiston-Port in a 4-2 victory at Tonawanda’s Clint Small Stadium.

“That was a storybook performance,” Williamsville East coach Jeff Librock said. “He’s been ill for a week and came out, played so well … I can’t even explain it. He’s still not 100 percent. It was just a gutsy performance, it was remarkable.”

Buscaglia also assisted on the Flames other goal, scored by Ben Woolingham. Maybe he still isn’t 100 percent, but he still showed why he’s amongst the elite soccer players in Western New York.

“I felt good,” Buscaglia said. “I felt like I didn’t skip a beat and I just kept playing.”

He missed the sectional title game last Thursday against rival Hamburg with an undisclosed illness. The Flames won 2-1 in overtime on a goal by Woolingham. As much as it pained him to miss that game, he was most grateful that his teammates kept his high school soccer career going.

“It was hard to miss that game, it was real hard,” Buscaglia said. “But my team played well. They came out flying, they just … they came.”

Williamsville East (18-2) will play the Section V champ in the Far West Regionals at 5 p.m. Saturday at Sweet Home High School.

“The Rochester schools are always tough,” Librock said. “But as I told the kids, you’re one win away from going to the (state) final four, so …”

Buscaglia now has 25 goals and 10 assists on the season. He’s the reigning ECIC II Player of the Year and a strong candidate to repeat and amongst the best in Western New York, according to everyone.

“Him coming back elevated the team,” Librock said. “It just did. And that’s the type of player and leader that he is.”

Buscaglia opened the scoring in the 21st minute and Woolingham added another three minutes later. Buscaglia took over in the second half and added two more to give the Flames an insurmountable 4-0 lead. But even if a comeback was highly unlikely, the Lancers weren’t done fight. Jake Westadt and Joey Zachary found the net for Lew-Port in the final 12 minutes. You could say the Lancers (16-3-1) earned respect from the Flames with that late rally, but in actuality, they had it all along.

“We came in here knowing they won A-2 for a reason and we had to be ready,” Buscaglia said. “They’re a good team but we played well today.”

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