Canisius and St. Joe's who will meet on Wednesday both were shutout winners on Monday in the Ninth Annual Super Monday soccer event, hosted this year by St. Francis.
Junior Derek Bartlo scored twice and Abel Tefera added the third goal for Canisius in a 3-0 triumph over International Prep at Grover Cleveland. Bartlo scored 30 minutes in after corner kick was headed back to him for an open shot. He scored his second eight minutes into the second half and Tefera, a senior, scored about seven minutes later.
Connor Garrett registered the shutout although "our defense did a great job and they didn't have many opportunities," said Canisius coach Chris Stuff.
Junior striker Oliver Wright scored both goals, within a span of about three minutes in the second half as St. Joe's topped Orchard Park, 2-0. Junior midfielder Evan Benz and sophomore midfielder Hunter Parucki had the assists. Orchard Park had only three shots on goal. Wright has 17 goals on the season.
"Our goalie did not have to work much because our defense only gave up three shots," said St. Joe's coach Mike Thoin.
The Super Monday event has been held on the Columbus Day holiday since 2009 and has been hosted by Nichols School, Sweet Home and St. Francis.
Canisius (9-4-1, 5-0-1 Monsignor Martin) and St. Joe's (11-3-2, 5-0-1) played to a 0-0 draw on Sept. 18 at St. Joe's.
No. 2 ranked East Aurora defeated St. Francis, 4-0, in the third Super Monday game as Jimmy Tanners scored twice and Bryce Schiltz and Pat Phillips had single tallies.
ECIC, NFL golf scheduled
Eighty-three golfers from 21 schools will compete today in the ECIC Boys Golf Individual Championships at the Sherican Park Golf Course in the Town of Tonawanda.
Tyler Edholm of Sweet Home will lead the field into the event as the No. 1 ranked player in the conference. Edholm averaged 37.0 st rokes for nine h9oles in eight dual matches this fall. Right behind him are 38.0 are junior Mitch Jeffe of East Aurora/Holland and seventh-grader Charlie Fischer of Orchard Park.
Defending champion Aidan Shaw, a sophomore from Orchard Park, ranked fifth in the fall league season at 38.43
Shaw and Orchard Park along with Williamsville North, Starpoint and East Aurora/Holland are expected to provide the strongest entries. OP, which has won the last four ECIC Team Tournaments, was undefeated in eight ECIC Large School Division matches. Williamsville North was 7-1 in the Large School North Division. Starpoint went 9-1 in the Small School North Division while the combined East Aurora/Holland team was undefeated in the Small School South Division.
The golfers also will be playing for 21 berths in the 2018 Section VI State Qualifier next May. Five players from the 2017 Section VI State team are automatically exempted into the State Qualifier. They include Ben (Orchard Park), Matt Jeffe (East Aurora/Holland), Andrew LaCongo (East Aurora/Holland, Jake Roach (East Aurora/Holland) and Kevin Halpern (Williamsville North).
Also on today's calendar is the Niagara Frontier League Championships at the Willowbrook course in Lockport. The top six teams from each NFL team will compete for the team title.
Niagara Wheatfield will be seeking a fourth straight league title. The Falcons haven't lost a match in two years and has three contenders for the medal honors - Nick Peters, Anthony Delisanti and Noa Codd. Peters and Delisanti averaged 38 strokes a round and Codd 39 in the league season.
Monday's scheduled Monsignor Martin Association golf championship, scheduled for the Tan Tara Golf Club, was postponed because of the rain. A makeup date has not been announced.