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High School Extra (Sept. 14): Canisius soccer looks strong again; Sophomore leads Sacred Heart win

Canisius soccer looks strong again

Canisius is off to a strong defense of its Monsignor Martin Association soccer championship. The Crusaders won their second straight league game, a 6-1 triumph over St. Francis at the Stransky Complex in West Seneca, Coach Chris Stuff’s team opened its league schedule with a 9-0 victory over Bishop Timon-St. Jude last week.

A year ago, Canisius made it all the way to the state Catholic High School championship game before losing to Chaminade.

Stuff’s team looks geared up for another stab at the state championship with All-Western New York midfielder Max Montante back for his senior season along with center midfielder Michael Mazzara, who made the first team All-WNY Large School in 2015. If that’s not enough, Canisius got back Vincent Cancilla who played for the Soccer Academy team out of Rochester last year, facing other academy teams on the East Coast. Cancilla returned to Canisius, where his two older brothers starred.

Striker J.P. Bobak and John Bailey each scored twice in Tuesday’s victory. Cancilla and Charles Stube had single goals. Montante had only one assist but according to Stuff “was a huge difference maker all over the place.”

In search for some strong opposition outside the area, Canisius will play McQuaid in the first round on Friday of the Catholic Cup tournament at Aquinas in Rochester. Canisius will face either Aquinas or Bishop Kearney on Saturday. Canisius also is scheduled to play in another tournament at Skaneateles.

“We have a hard time getting teams to play us here,” Stuff said. “It’s nice to go outside the area and see what’s out there and how we match up.”

Soph leads Sharks’ soccer win

Sacred Heart, seeking its third straight Monsignor Martin girls soccer championship, improved its league record to 3-0 with a 4-0 win at Nichols. Sophomore Tatyjana Scalisi scored twice and senior captain Taylor DiMarco added a goal. Sacred Heart has outscored its five opponents by a combined 35-2 score.

Olivia Jerge had five points (three goals, two assists) , Sydney Scello had six (two goals, four assists) and Ally Evoniuk had three assists for Nardin in an 8-1 triumph over Mount Mercy. Ruth Riggie had a goal and two assists for Mount St. Mary in a 7-0 triumph over Park.

Lew-Port, GI win NFL games

Tom Blakelock scored with a minute left in the first overtime to give Lew-Port a 1-0 victory over Lockport in a showdown between teams with unbeaten records in Niagara Frontier League boys soccer.

John Pearson was in goal for his second shutout of the season for the Lancers, and he received strong defensive help from John Cevaer and Chase Harasimowicz. Lew-Port is 5-0-1 overall, 3-0-1 in league play. Lockport is 3-1 in the league.

Grand Island (6-0, 4-0 in NFL), the No. 2-ranked large school boys soccer team in Western New York, rolled past Niagara Falls, 9-0 as John Griffin and Nemanja Simic had two goals each.

Frontier, OP volleyers win

Each of the sets was close, but Frontier (No. 3 in Coaches Poll) swept visiting Williamsville North in ECIC I boys volleyball. Brandon Dunz had seven kills and Zach Gerken served three aces for the Falcons.

Orchard Park, ranked No. 5, swept three sets from No. 6 Clarence to go 2-0 in ECIC I. The Red Devils put up a good fight after the first set, losing 30-28 and 25-21, despite the absence of two of their best players, Henry and Teddy Payne, who missed the game because of the death of their grandfather. “We’re pretty even with Clarence but it’s fair to point out that they were without Henry Payne and his brother,” said OP coach Matt Lexner.

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