Lancaster boys kick Clarence
Aaron Crane scored the game-winner as the Lancaster boys soccer team handed Clarence its first ECIC I loss of the season, 1-0.
Kyle Witkowski started the play with a nice run down the wing before playing it to Crane, who put the ball in. Goalie Billy Lanning had nine saves for the shutout for Lancaster (5-1, 5-0).
Clarence, the three-time defending Section VI Class AA champion, is 5-2 and 4-1.
Sweet Home was without two senior captains who have been on the team since eighth grade due to an injury and a red card suspension, but the Panthers still managed to come up with a big 1-0 victory over Williamsville South in ECIC II play.
Michael Prentice scored the game-winner off of a corner by Steve Weinheimer. After an initial save, Prentice put the rebound in the left corner.
"It was a hustle goal," said Sweet Home coach Scott Martin. "We beat a very well-coached team. This was a huge team win. We were upset last week, so this was a great way to bounce back."
Andrew Ciminelli had the shutout for Sweet Home, which takes on Iroquois for first place in the league on Monday.
'Cat trick' leads Nichols
A hat trick might be three goals, but the Nichols girls soccer team could call what they got from Cat Williams a "Cat trick" after the senior scored all five Vikings goals in a 5-2 victory over Sacred Heart.
Williams scored four straight goals after the Sharks (5-2, 3-1) -- who had yet to drop a Monsignor Martin Association game -- tied the game at 1-1 in the first half.
"Williams is a skilled player, who can play surrounded by people and can make things happen," said Nichols coach Larry Desaultels, whose team is now 6-1, 3-0. "We played tough in a small space. We're not normally good in small areas. The kids played very well today. Sacred Heart is a good skilled, physical game. It was a good test for the team."
St. Joe's spikes St. Francis
Bob Heary had 21 kills and seven aces to help St. Joe's to a thrilling, five-game victory over St. Francis.
The Marauders won the fifth game, 25-17. Both teams had been undefeated in Monsignor Martin play.
"We went to five sets and the crowd was out in full force," said St. Joe's coach Mark Anzalone. "They were loud and enthusiastic. It made it a more exciting match. The noise was deafening. It was back-and-forth in the first three games. We got into a rhythm and secured the victory by getting everything together to win those last two games."
Joe Hacherl had 17 digs for St. Joe's.
St. Joe's golf tops Canisius
It's been a good week for St. Joe's against its rival. Following a win in football Saturday and a victory in soccer on Wednesday, the Marauders golf team won a showdown with Canisius.
Pat Waldron shot a 4-under-par 32 at Sheridan to earn medalist honors in the 14-11 victory for St. Joe's, which is 6-1 in Monsignor Martin Association play while Canisius is 4-2.
It's been a very impressive week for Joe's. Top player James Blackwell shot a 4-under 32 at Crag Burn Monday in a win over Nichols and followed it up with a 3-under 33 against Canisius. Waldron also shot a 35 on Monday to put the duo at 12-under over those 18 holes.
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