Some soccer teams can go a few weeks without giving up 30 shots on goal. Noah Winiarski saw that in one night's work.
St. Mary’s sophomore keeper stopped all 30 shots from Fredonia as the Lancers picked up a 1-0 boys soccer win on the road. It was Winiarski’s fourth shutout of the season.
“Unbelievable night,” St. Mary’s coach Al Franjoine said. “I’ve seen 20 before, never 30. ... We ran a real packed defense, we were able to keep them out and hold most of their shots outside the 18.”
The Lancers, who are the defending Monsignor Martin small schools champs, had 12 shots of their own and scored in the 60th minute on sophomore Brendan Murty’s header off a throw-in from Jeff Rosner.
“We have a young young team,” Franjoine said. “Basically a third are seniors, a third are juniors and a third are sophomores.”
Franjoine also lauded the play of midfielder Nino Marino.
“He was exceptional,” Franjoine said. “He controlled the whole midfield, played great offense and defense.”
St. Mary’s record now stands at 9-0-2, with the ties coming against Nichols and Gow.
Shutouts for Nichols, Newfane, Lancaster
Marisa Warren and Maren Geiger each scored a goal for Nichols in a 2-0 girls soccer win over Sacred Heart. Anna Sauer earned the shutout for the Vikings, who improved to 8-4 overall and 5-0 in Monsignor Martin play.
Newfane won its fourth game in a row with a 4-0 Niagara-Orleans triumph against Albion. The Panthers and Purple Eagles tied, 6-6, on Sept. 5.
Emily Foltz scored twice, Sarah Milczarski added a goal and an assist, and Kayleigh Daniels had two assists for Newfane (9-2-1, 8-1-1). Madalyn Traverse made 10 saves to earn the shutout.
Caitlin VonVreckin’s goal midway through the second half was the difference maker as Lancaster defeated Amherst, 1-0, in a nonleague game. Shea Vanderbosch earned the shutout, stopping seven shots.
East Aurora, Lackawanna score close wins
No. 2 large school East Aurora (11-0, 9-0) remained undefeated with a 2-0 ECIC III win at Cheektowaga in boys soccer. Senior Jack Bean scored the first goal at 35:11 and assisted on junior Adam Keller’s marker at 69:11. The Blue Devils host No. 5 St. Joe’s (9-1-1) in an intriguing nonleague matchup on Saturday at noon.
Amir Alhaddad scored in the 60th minute to give No. 2 small school Lackawanna a close 1-0 win against ECIC IV foe Holland. Ibrahim Albakri made five saves for the Steelers.
Two goals for Tuzzo, Schmelzer
Alex Tuzzo scored twice for No. 5-ranked Clarence (8-3) in a 4-0 ECIC I field hockey win at West Seneca West. Tuzzo also assisted on a goal by Maggie Kelkenberg, which opened the scoring 19 minutes in.
Senior Holly Schmelzer scored twice in the first half for No. 6 Williamsville East in the Flames’ 3-0 win over Holland. Schmelzer now has 11 goals on the season, five in the last two games. Hannah Nurse made six saves in the shutout.
Senior Jenna Woods scored Williamsville South’s lone goal with 6:31 remaining in the first half to help lead the Billies to a 1-0 win over Eden. Anna Lorenzo had the assist on the goal.
Marauders come back
St. Joe’s dropped the first two sets but stormed back to win the last three in a Monsignor Martin boys volleyball match at St. Mary’s.
Neither team won a set by more than three points (23-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-22, 15-13).
Keith Norward led the Marauders (6-3, 3-1) with 16 kills, five blocks and four aces. Connor Wolbert added seven kills and nine blocks.