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Lancaster Gets Aggressive And Earns ECIC I Boys Soccer Win Over Frontier

The strong play has been there all season for the Lancaster High School boys soccer team but that hasn’t always shown up on the score sheet.

After another frustrating first half on Wednesday, the Legends took an aggressive approach to making things happen. And it worked.

Senior William Breski scored a pair of early second half goals and Lancaster posted a 3-1 win over Frontier in an ECIC I game.

“We got more aggressive,” Lancaster coach Luciano Gallo said. “We broke to the net a lot harder and we wanted to win the ball. We talked about it at halftime, ‘Let’s drive to the net and get a few more numbers in there.'”

The Legends outshot the Falcons 18-6 on the afternoon but shots haven’t been a problem this season for Lancaster. Goals continued to be elusive in the first half despite some chances – including a crossbar – against Frontier eighth-grade standout goalkeeper Nathan Hohl, a second-year starter.

It took 121 minutes and 27 seconds but the Legends finally put one into their home net against the middle school phenom. Hohl, who posted a shutout in Frontier’s visit to Lancaster last season, was stellar again but Breski finally put one past him with 38:37 left in the game.

“He’s really good,” the senior tri-captain said. “Last year, we had troubles with him but fortunately this year we were able to get a few in.”

Breski scored again – his fourth of the season – about 10 minutes later and Riley Quinn added another for the Legends. Josh Conklin, Ryan Sand and Luke Suchyna collected assists for the Legends (5-3 overall, 5-1 ECIC I).

The Legends also bounced back from last week’s disappointing 3-0 loss to rival Clarence, the second-ranked team in the state.

“It’s the first half of the season, we’re still learning from it,” Gallo said. “I’m learning from them, they’re learning from me so it’s going to be a good second half, I think.”

Frontier dropped to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in ECIC I against mostly much-larger schools. Evan O’Brien scored in the 67th minute from Liam Walsh for the Falcons, who also hit a goalpost and missed two other chances a few inches wide.

“We had our chances,” Frontier coach Rich Kozak said. “We were just a couple inches away. For us to battle like that, I’m so proud of them. We’ve been nicked up all year, this is probably the closest we’ve been to being fully healthy … but no excuses. Lancaster deserved to win that game.”

The Legends defense – a unit led by senior tri-captain Alex Bona, Kozak’s nephew – also held Frontier star Jonathan Czajka off the score sheet.  The Falcons star entered the game with 17 goals, most in Western New York.

“Give credit to Lancaster, they shut him down,” Kozak said. “Luc is a great tactical coach and they did a great job against a great player.”

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