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Colleges: Canisius, Niagara women's soccer teams off to solid starts

It’s been an impressive start to the season for the Niagara and Canisius women’s soccer teams as both scored non-conference wins on Friday.

Niagara scored twice in the second half to defeat Robert Morris, 2-1, in Moon Township, Pa. The Colonials took a 1-0 lead just 4:36 into the game. The Purple Eagles tied the game at 64:24 on a header by Breanne Guevara. Niagara then won the game in the 83rd minute. Hadley Bucken made a short play to Naomi Giovino on a free kick; Kelsey Lafferty touched it in at the far post for the game-winner. Niagara impoved to 2-1-1.

Canisius improved to 3-1-0 with a 1-0 win over Oakland at the Demske Sports Complex. Madeline Beaulieu scored when she headed in a rebound in the 64th minute. Shauna Lee picked up the assist after she took the initial shot in the box.

Canisius earns split

Canisius (2-3) opened the Duquesne Invitational with a four-game win over Coppin State, 23-25, 28-26, 25-19, 25-22. Claire Leonard had 16 kills and Sara Wesley 10 kills. The Golden Griffins then lost to Robert Morris in straight games – 25-21, 25-18, 25-23.  Wesley  had 12 kills and Leonard 11.

Meanwhile, Niagara earned its first volleyball win of the season with a three-game sweep of Eastern Illinois University at the Pioneer Classic in Denver, Colo. The Purple Eagles won, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21. Nicole Matheis had 12 kills to lead Niagara (1-3).

The University at Buffalo dropped to 2-2 after dropping a five-game match to host Seton Hall at the Seton Hall Tournament.The Pirates won, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 24-26, 15-12. Andrea Mitrovic had 20 kills for the Bulls.

Niagara men lose

Niagara fell to 0-3 with a 3-1 loss to Central Connecticut State as part of the Peter Baldwin Memorial Classic in Burlington, Vt. Konrad Zydowicz headed home a rebound of a shot put on goal by Mbongeni Tshuma to tie the match in the sixth minute. Central Connecticut would pull away, however, striking in the 17th and 66th minutes.

Buffalo State opens season

Football season begins at Coyer Field at noon Saturday as SUNY Buffalo State hosts the Bridgewater State Bears (0-0). The Bengals enter the season opener returning seven starters on each side of the ball after finishing 5-5 last season.  Bridgewater State finished 8-3 last season and advanced to the NCAA playoffs, where it lost to Alfred University, 33-27, in overtime.

Little Three Championships

The 49th annual Little Three Cross Country Championship will be held Saturday at Old Fort Niagara, with the women starting at 10:45 a.m. and the men at 11:30 a.m. The event kicks off the running season for Canisius, Niagara and St. Bonaventure.

ECC cancels game

Erie Community College had its first football game of the season cancelled. The Kats were scheduled to play ASA College at Virginia State University, but with heavy rains in the forecast and a lack of available fields, the game was called off.

ECC will now open its season at home, hosting Hocking College at noon on Sept. 9 at West Herr Stadium.

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