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> St. Francis owns overtime

Who could blame the St. Francis soccer team if they hate to see this week end? Coming off a 3-2 overtime win against Nichols on Tuesday, the Red Raiders beat St. Joe's, 3-2, in double overtime on Thursday. The Marauders entered the game ranked No. 5 among Western New York large schools while St. Francis is No. 7.

"It's been an exciting week," said St. Francis coach Craig Fatty. "The guys played tough, played strong."

St. Francis trailed, 2-1, with seven minutes left in regulation when John Metzler scored to tie it 2-2. There was no scoring in the first overtime. Chris Grizanti scored the winner about five minutes into the second overtime. He also scored the Red Raiders' first goal. Fatty praised the play of defender Chris Hider, saying, "he is the rock our team's built on."

* The game looked like it was headed to overtime when Marc Morelli scored to lift Williamsville South to a 1-0 win over Depew. The Wildcats and South finished 1-2 in ECIC III last year. Ben Pasciak picked up the assist on Morelli's goal, taken from a sharp angle before entering the far right side of the net. Goalkeeper Pat Pidgeon earned the shutout.

The goal was Morelli's fourth of the season and helped the Billies improve to 5-0 in ECIC III and 5-1 overall.

"We had the wind at our backs in the first half, but we did not play particularly well," said South coach Peter Sugg. "I don't know if we were concentrating more dealing with the wind, but we just played much better (in the second half). It was a tough game to watch until we scored. This was a big game."

* Holland beat Eden, 5-4, in an ECIC IV game, so why was Holland coach Tim Kronenwetter so disappointed?

With about 30 seconds left in the first half, Holland goalie Josh Griffey was shaken up after getting bumped. A teammate intentionally hit the ball out of bounds to give his goalie and the refs time to determine if Griffey was hurt. The change of possession gave Eden the ball, but instead of Eden throwing the ball back to a Holland defender on the throw-in, a gesture of sportsmanship according to Kronenwetter, Eden went for goal and scored.

"I've been coaching 20 years. That has never happened to me. I am blown away that a coach would make that decision after an injury," said Kronenwetter. "That was absolutely ridiculous. To have that occur -- I'm scratching my head."

> Etcetera

The Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent's Cross Country Run was held at Delaware Park. The top 25 boys in the A and B race and top 25 girls received ribbons. The first round of league matches begin Sept. 29. . . . Starpoint and Wilson advanced to Saturday's final of the 9th annual Wilson Girls Soccer Tournament. The Spartans beat Niagara-Wheatfield, 7-3, in their first-round game while the Lakewomen shut out JFK, 3-0. . . . Matt Hoffman of the East Aurora golf team had a 50-yard chip-in for birdie on the par 4, No. 1 hole at Elma Meadows. . . . Among Saturday's 24 football games, Aquinas of Section V visiting St. Francis at 7 p.m. Aquinas was dismantled, 48-8, by St. Joe's last week. Niagara-Wheatfield, coming off its double overtime win over Williamsville North, is at Sweet Home.

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