Updated: September 10, 2010, 1:40 AM
Raepple leads GI win
Grand Island, winner of 10 of the last 11 Niagara Frontier League girls soccer championships -- Kenmore West upset the Vikings in 2008 -- opened the league season with a 3-1 victory over North Tonawanda.
Jenna Raepple, a first team All-Western New York selection and last year's NFL scoring champion, faced Lady Jacks double teams all game but tallied all three goals for the Vikings. GI is 2-0 overall, including a 1-0 win last Saturday over Aquinas of Rochester. Aquinas and Williamsville East (in the Section VI Class A title game) were the only teams to defeat Grand Island last season.
Jeannie Taylor assisted on two of Raepple's goals.
Grand Island, which won many of its NFL games handily last season, got more than token opposition from the Lady Jacks.
"They've got a young team but they played well defensively," said Grand Island coach Dave Bowman. "Their goalie was really active back there."
Samantha Costanzo had the NT goal on a free kick.
"It was from a perfect place for a free kick," said Bowman. "I think that was the only way they were going to beat our goalie [Stephanie Senn]."
Elsewhere in the Niagara Frontier League, Kenmore West defeated Lew-Port, 3-0, as Mary Louise Lindner had the winning goal and Taylor Smith recorded the shutout.
Selina Zaccariah scored four times and Meagan Vrooman and Jeannine LaCroix had three goals each as Kenmore East rolled over Niagara Falls, 13-0, in another NFL match.
In an ECIC IV league opener, Danielle Lyndsley scored her second goal of the game with 5:22 left to give Eden a 3-2 win over Alden.
Rebecca Alvira had two goals and a pair of assists and Lulu Helliwell had a pair of goals in Mount Mercy's 7-3 Monsignor Martin win over Buffalo Seminary.
Elsewhere in Monsignor Martin:
Courtney Kramer of Holy Angels had three goals in a 10-1 romp over Cardinal O'Hara.
Bridget Philbin had a pair of goals for Immaculata in a 8-1 triumph over Niagara Catholic.