By DAVE RICCI
The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — The Lady Warriors weren't going to walk off their field with a loss. It was as simple as that. Kalyn Compeau had three points as No.3-seed Tonawanda shut out No.6 Falconer, 3-0, in their Section VI Class B quarterfinal game that was played at Clinton H. Small Stadium on Friday night.
The win vaults the Warriors into the Class B semis Tuesday night, when they will face No.2 Wilson at Amherst High School at 6 p.m. It's a team that beat the Warriors on August 30 at the Dan Durick Tournament.
Unlike a typical sectional game where teams may play cautious during an early feeling-out process, the Warriors and Falcons both tried to set the tone of the game early with offensive rushes. Tonawanda had some golden chances early, including Compeau kicking the ball just wide to the right of Falconer goalie Macey Mays, a kick that didn't connect. That added to the tension for both teams as everyone had the feeling early on that one goal would win it.
“I felt like we were in their end the whole first half and that's when teams can really sneak up on you,” said Tonawanda coach Julie Johnson. “So we really had to capitalize on one of our opportunities. We had a lot, we just weren't executing. So we really just needed to get the cobwebs off by scoring that first goal.”
The refs allowed both teams to play as the tempo was quick-paced and physical throughout. Tied 0-0 at halftime, Compeau and the rest of the Warriors, especially the seniors, resolved that they would not walk off their turf on the wrong end of the final score.
“When it was 0-0 at half we realized 'wow this could be our last game ever' so we really gave it our all,” Compeau said. “As a senior myself, I missed some breakaways and I (thought) I can't end it like this. None of our seniors wanted our season to end and neither did any of the younger kids.”
Compeau, who scored the 96th and 97th goals of her career, put Tonawanda up 1-0 eight minutes into the second half on a play that started off a corner kick by senior Kristin Carson. Once Tonawanda drew first blood, they resisted the urge to fall into a defensive shell, as the maintained offensive pressure the rest of the night.
“They definitely came out 10 times harder once we got that first goal,” said Compeau. “We decided to play more offense because their defense was breaking down. We got them mad, they were yelling at each other and we just capitalized on our chances.”
Compeau extended the Tonawanda lead to 2-0 with 10:43 remaining when she rifled the ball up top beyond the leaping reach of Mays. Hope Balling capped off the scoring with 1:58 to play off a feed from Compeau.
Sophomore sweeper Pearl Bacon continued her strong play in the back end as the Warriors defense limited Falconer's scoring chances.
Alanna Herne made seven saves in the first half alone to secure the shutout for the Warriors.