October 23, 2014

Richards' goal leads Tonawanda to prequarters win against Springville

Chuckie Richards (7) scored the game-winner in Tonawanda's pre-quarterfinal tilt against Springville on Oct. 21. Photo by Jeffrey T. Barnes.

Chuckie Richards' front flip was almost as impressive as the timing of his goal.

Richards scored the game-winner on a penalty kick as No. 5 Tonawanda beat No. 12 Springville 2-1 in double overtime in their Section VI Class B1 pre-quarterfinal matchup that was played Oct. 21 at Clinton H. Small Stadium in Tonawanda.

The Warriors will now travel to Newfane to face the No. 4 Panthers in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

“I try to keep these guys thinking one game at a time,” said Tonawanda coach James Gabor. “We're not going anywhere unless we take care (of business).”

Playing to 1-1 tie through regulation and the first 15 minute overtime, Richards booted the game-winner past goalie Andrew Batton two minutes into the second OT after Tonawanda's Dylan Lewis was hauled down in the box.

“I didn't even have to tell who was going to take it,” said Gabor. “I figure between him and Nate (Holler), they can figure it out. I trust them both to put the ball in the back of the net in a situation like that.”

“It's a great feeling,” Richards said moments after the goal. “Being my senior year and just being able to keep playing and go even deeper into sectionals.”

Holler gave Tonawanda the 1-0 lead when he took a beautifully played through ball from Richards and sneaked it past Batton with 5:33 to play in the first half.

But Springville answered the bell quickly in the second half when Trey Aebly scored off a header three minutes in.

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