Today's High School Extra has several boys soccer highlights from Friday. Here are some more details:
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Nichols boys soccer coach Don Wagner thought that if his team got off to a good start against unbeaten and fourth-ranked large school Canisius, perhaps his Vikings could grab a victory.
He got a goal from David Pierce about 12 minutes into the Monsignor Martin Association contest and Will Gisel made it stand up with seven saves.
"This puts us right back into the race," said Wagner, whose team is 6-5 overall and 4-1 in the MMA and ranked fourth among small schools. "We have one loss, Canisius has one loss. I felt we could defend and we did."
Wagner credited defenders James Randaccio and Drew Winkel with helping preserve the lead. Winkel, a senior, had missed six games with an ankle injury and Wagner said his return was an important factor.
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Two of Nate Konitzer's seven saves stood out in the mind of Clarence coach Mike Silverstein following his team's 1-0 win over third-ranked Williamsville North that clinched the ECIC I boys soccer championship for the Red Devils.
"He made an outstanding stop on a free kick early in the first half where he had to go from his right to his left very quickly," said the coach of WNY's top-ranked large school team. "With about seven minutes left in the second half, he stopped a point-blank shot from about 12 yards out and got the rebound, too."
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Orchard Park coach Josh Dannecker on the Quakers' 2-1 win over Lancaster:
"It was an unbelievable game. Lancaster had a ton of chances, and Sean Conway had a ton of big saves, especially toward the end of the game."
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East Aurora coach Kevin Beale on the 3-0 win by his top-ranked small school against ECIC IV rival Holland:
"Every year it's always an intense game, and today was no different. There was a lot
of back and forth play. Our defenders were able to shut them down and our attack was able to
get deep so we had more scoring chances."
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Eden coach Kevin Whitman on his Raiders' zany, 6-5 win against Lackawanna:
"It was a crazy game -- they were up, 2-0, then we went up, 4-2. In the last 15 minutes there were five goals -- we went up 6-3 and they came back and just kept applying pressure. With three or four minutes to go it was 6-5 so the last four minutes were pretty intense. It was the most exciting game I've seen in a long time."
---Tom Borrelli & Keith McShea