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High School Extra (Oct. 24): Montante’s goal lifts Canisius soccer

Montante lifts Canisius

A playoff game in soccer always is difficult on the coaches, since they can only watch from the sidelines. But how about a game that goes into overtime with the score at 0-0?

“It’s exhausting,” Canisius coach Chris Stuff said.

Stuff no doubt let out a giant exhale when Max Montante scored in overtime to give the Crusaders a 1-0 win over St. Francis in the Msgr. Martin Association semifinal finals in boys soccer.

“Max is just an unbelievable soccer player,” Stuff said. “He has a ton of skill, he’s incredibly clutch. He always seems to score against St. Francis.”

Next up is St. Joe’s in the final. The Marauders defeated Nichols, 4-1, in the other semifinal. Don Minderler had three goals while Dom Miceli added two assists.

So it will be Canisius and St. Joe’s in the final next Sunday at Niagara.

Perfect no longer

Hutch-Tech completed the unbeaten run through the Buffalo Public Schools girls volleyball league with a win over Olmsted on Tuesday that wrapped up the city title. But the Engineers couldn’t quite finish an 18-0 season, losing in five sets to Cleveland Hill in a non-league matchup.

Hutch-Tech had knocked off Pioneer, JFK and Tapestry. But the Golden Eagles proved to be too good in this matchup. Cleveland Hill won the final set, 25-11.

Field hockey seeds move on

It was a busy day in Class B field hockey play, as the four top seeded advanced in the quarterfinals.

The top seed, Pioneer, had little trouble with Sweet Home, taking a 4-1 decision. Brittany Baker scored three goals in the win. Second-seed Williamsville South edged Hamburg, 1-0. Abby Ferenczy scored the game-winning goal, while Rachel Mackowiak notched the shutout.

Mckenna Rushford and Molly Minigell both had a goal and an assist in No. 3 Amherst’s 4-1 win over. West Seneca West. Chantel Gauthier had two goals and Kate Walek recorded the shutout for Iroquois, the No. 4 seed, in a 3-0 win over Williamsville East.

Roy-Hart wins again

The teams have been holding to form in Class B’s Sectional play in girls soccer ... with one big exception.

Giant-killer Roy-Hart, which knocked off top seed City Honors earlier in the week, defeated No. 8 Alden, 6-1. The Rams advanced to the semifinals, where No. 4 Tonawanda awaits after a 3-2 win over Newfane in a game decided by penalty kicks. Hope Balling and Gabby Krajewski had goals for the Warriors.

Wilson, the second seed, advanced with a 2-1 win over Falconer. Rachel Senek had the game-winning goal. Next up is Olean, 2-0 winners over Akron with both of the goals coming on penalty kicks.

Hollins cruises to win

No. 1 seed Jessie Hollins of Orchad Park showed no signs of nerves in the Sectional tennis tournament, which began Friday at the Lakewood YMCA. The eighth-grader defeated Erin Haley of Lockport, 6-0, 6-0, and Mallory Bliss of Olean , 6-0, 6-2, in the first two rounds of the competition. Hollins will play Morgan Johnson of Southwestern in one of today’s semifinals.

The other seeded player, Nicole Kozinski, took her two matches in straight sets as well. The Clarence player takes on Georgianna Gens of Fredonia in the other semifinal; Gens also won her two matches easily.

On the doubles side, the two seeds - Victoria VanEvery and Elizabeth Rowan of Southwestern and Kristen Zablonski and Lauren Karogian of Orchard Park – both moved along with a pair of victories.

The finals in both singles and doubles are set for Saturday.

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