Canisius ranked high in regional polls
One week is in the books and the Canisius football team is receiving plenty of love in the regional rankings.
In addition to being ranked 25th by CBS MaxPreps’ Regional Top 25 Computer Rankings poll, the Crusaders are ranked fourth in the USA Today Northeast region poll.
Canisius, the defending state Catholic champions, opened its season with a 28-7 win over Albany-power and 2014 state Class AA semifinalist Shenendehowa at the Kickoff Classic at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse last Saturday.
The Crusaders, who have won 17 straight games, are ranked first in the Buffalo News Large School poll. The state rankings are not out yet.
CBS MaxPreps poll ranks Jamestown sixth following its comeback win over Niagara Falls in Week One. Only three New York state teams earned rankings in this poll, with No. 11 Maine-Endwell of Binghamton-area Section IV being the other.
Meanwhile, Clarence girls soccer is ranked sixth in the USA Today/NSCAA Super 25 poll – which is the highest ranking among girls teams in Section VI and Rochester-area Section V. The only non-downstate school ranked higher than Clarence is No. 5 Jamesville-DeWitt of suburban Syracuse.
Top-ranked St. Joe’s now 7-0
St. Joe’s, ranked No. 1 in the Western New York Coaches Poll for large schools scored a tough soccer victory over a ranked small school Wednesday.
Senior Don Minderler scored both goals for the Marauders in a 2-0 victory over International Prep/Grover, the state Class D champion last year and ranked No. 2 behind East Aurora in the WNY small schools poll.
It was the first loss for I-Prep (2-1-1), which played a 1-1 draw with Canisius last week.
The victory left St. Joe’s at 7-0.
Canisius began its Monsignor Martin Association soccer schedule with a 3-0 victory at Nichols. J.P. Bobak had a goal and an assist and Wes Rider and Noah Johnston each had a goal in the Crusaders’ victory. Goalkeeper Charles Kolber made six saves for Canisius.
Joe Kulikowski scored three goals to pace first-place Grand Island to a 7-0 Niagara Frontier League boys soccer victory over Lew-Port. The Vikings, 3-1 overall, are 3-0 in league play.
Troy Brady and Jake Gleave each had a goal and an assist in the victory while goalkeeper Lucas Robinson made 10 saves in shutting out the Lancers.
Also in the NFL, Noah Seiler and Dylan Ziomek scored second half goals for Niagara-Wheatfield in a 2-0 victory over Kenmore East.
Quick kick wins for Immaculata
Kiley Austin scored on a free kick midway through the first overtime, giving Immaculata (3-0) a 1-0 victory over Mount St. Mary in Monsignor Martin Association girls soccer.
The foul was called right at the edge of the penalty area. Austin got off her shot quickly before the defense was set.
Megan White registered the shutout for the Bears.
South field hockey triumphs
Elisabeth Sidorski scored four goals, Abby Ferenczy had four assists and Rachel Mackowiak made 12 saves to earn the shutout for Williamsville South (2-1) in a 5-0 field hockey victory over Orchard Park (2-1).