Soccer upset for Canisius
Upsets aren’t rare in the Canisius-St. Joe’s soccer rivalry, but the Crusaders (6-2-2) pulled off a big one Monday, handing the No. 1 ranked large school, a 2-1 loss at the Stransky Memorial Complex in West Seneca.
It was the first loss for St. Joe’s (9-1) and ended a six-game win streak over Canisius going back to the 2013 season. That season, St. Joe’s upset regular season champion Canisius, 2-1, in the Monsignor Martin playoff semifinals. Last season. St. Joe’s won all four games against the Crusaders.
“Our team came into the game with a good attitude, more confident we could play with them,” said Canisius coach Chris Stuff.
Max Montante scored the game winner off a corner kick with four minutes left in regulation. Noah Johnston scored a first-half goal for Canisius but St. Joe’s tied it in the eighth minute of the second half.
Goalkeeper Charles Kolber saved a free kick early in the second half to keep St. Joe’s off the board and center back Mike Mazzara had a strong defensive game.
Knocked out of the sectionals by Williamsville South last year, Hamburg gained revenge by defeating the Billies for the second time this season, 2-1.
“Our boys worked to hard for redemption and we got it … sweeping them this year,” said Bulldogs coach Tony Schiappa. Justus Hoffman scored both goals for Hamburg (7-2-1, 6-1 ECIC II), one from 22 yards into the top corner for the game winner.
Madisyn Pezzino scored twice and Sarah Bykowicz had four saves for the shutout as Grand Island (8-0, 7-0 NFL) defeated Niagara Wheatfield, 3-0, in a Niagara Frontier League girls soccer showdown, and Troy Brady scored twice and Joe Kulikowski once as the Grand Island boys (7-0 NFL) made it a Vikings sweep with a 3-2 win over N-W (5-2).
No. 1 Lancers top Eden
St. Mary’s of Lancaster ranked No. 1 among small schools in the WNY girls volleyball poll, edged No. 2 Eden, winning the fifth set, 25-22, Monday night at Eden. Bailey Dolegowski had 40 assists, Alyssa Zirnheld 19 kills, Summer Slade 14 kills and Jess Kranz 16 digs for the winners
South’s Knab gets 300th win
Unranked despite an 4-0 record in ECIC II, Williamsville South swept three sets from 10th-ranked Williamsville East for coach Thom Knab’s 300th career win.
Shawn Barbalato had 13 kills and four aces while Joe Zanelotti had 12 kills and 10 aces for the Billies. It was the first loss in the division for the Flames.
Hutch’s Dowell nominated
Correction: Jason Dowell was the Hutch-Tech player nominated this week for the Connolly Cup. Incorrect information was reported in the Sidelines column of Monday’s Buffalo News.