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High School Extra (Sept. 25): Pioneer hands Holland girls soccer loss; Canisius volleyball now 12-0

Pioneer hands Holland loss

Pioneer won the battle between unbeatens Thursday night, beating Holland 4-1 in a nonleague girls soccer match.

Pioneer, ranked sixth among large schools in Western New York, received three goals from Shania Plant to improve to 9-0. Plant now has 14 goals for the Panthers.

Olivia Schmidt scored for Holland (8-1), a Class C-sized school whose regular-season schedule features only Class AA-, A- and B-sized foes.

“It was a good battle,” Pioneer coach Frank Asquith said. “They’re a rival. It was a good test for both of us. Olivia Schmidt gave our defense a workout and I think our defense stood up to that. It was a good win, and we hope to build on that.”

Canisius volleyball 12-0

Host Canisius improved to 12-0 with a 25-13, 25-13, 25-16 win over rival St. Joe’s in Monsignor Martin boys volleyball.

“We played OK,” Crusaders coach Tom Weislo said. “We were pretty efficient offensively. We were able to generate some pretty good transition offense. Things worked out.”

Charles Desmond led Canisius with 34 assists, while Griffin Schmit had 14 kills and Chas Palka added 11. The Crusaders, who have won all three tournaments they’ve entered this season, head to Albany to play in the Burnt Hills Tournament on Saturday against primarily Section II teams. Canisius is the defending Burnt Hills Tournament champion.

Canisius rallies for ‘W’

Nichols had an early lead but when a player took a red card for a hand ball in the box midway through the first half, that was all the opening Canisius needed to remain unbeaten in Monsignor Martin boys soccer play.

Wes Rider scored the tying goal off the ensuing penalty kick and Max Montante scored the go-ahead goal for the Crusaders with 10 minutes left in the half during their 3-1 triumph at the Stransky Complex.

Charlie Stube scored early in the second half to push the Canisius (7-2-2, 5-0) lead to two goals.

Clarence sweeps Lancaster

It seems like Clarence won with ease considering the Red Devils swept Lancaster in ECIC I girls volleyball.

The match was not a cake walk as the Legends made Clarence earn its 25-19, 26-24, 25-20 triumph. Meghan Neelon had 17 assists and 16 kills, while Karley King had 12 kills and 12 digs for the winners. Clarence improved to 5-0 in ECIC I and 7-1.

“Lancaster played a great match tonight,” Clarence coach Mike Meyer said. “It really took our best effort to eke out a close one.”

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