Montante does it again
Twice in 2015, All-Western New York midfielder Max Montante of Canisius scored the winning goal against rival St. Joe’s including the winner in the Monsignor Martin playoffs.
Monday, Montante did it again. He worked his way behind the Marauders’ defense and scored off a throw-in by John Uba to give the first-place Crusaders a 1-0 victory at the Stransky Complex in West Seneca.
“He not scoring a ton, he has only three goals and five assists, but he is dominant,” said Canisius coach Chris Stuff. “I call him sneaky. He finds a way to get open behind the defense.”
It was the third victory in four days for Canisius which defeated McQuaid and Aquinas on successive days to win the Catholic Cup tournament in Rochester.
“They’ll be a tired bunch tonight,” Stuff said. “and we’ve got Nichols on Wednesday.”
Canisius finished the game with backup goalkeeper after sophomore keeper Connor Garrett left the game early in the second half with an injury.
“I think he might have just had the wind knocked out of him,” Stuff said.
Senior John Stroud came in and kept the Marauders off the board with some key saves the rest of the way.
Canisius is 5-1 overall and 3-0 in Monsignor Martin. It was the first loss in league play for St. Joe’s.
Sam Sutherland scored three times and Kenny Suen had four saves for No. 3-ranked large school Clarence (6-1, 3-1 ECIC 1) in a 6-0 triumph over West Seneca West. Clarence was coming off a 1-0 division loss at Williamsville North last Thursday.
Flames’ McDermott gets winner
Junior C.J. McDermott scored with a crossing pass from junior Holly Schmeltzer with 16:36 left in Williamsville East’s 1-0 field hockey victory over town rival Amherst on the Tigers’ turf.
Junior Hannah Nurse made six saves to register the shutout for coach Erin Rajczak’s Flames (4-1-1), who have only a loss to No. 1- ranked Pioneer and a tie with Williamsville South on their record. Junior Autumn D’Amico also stood out on defense for East.
Meanwhile, Pioneer improved its record to 6-0 with 4-0 triumph at Eden. Katelyn Slomba scored twice and Brittany Baker had a goal and an assist for the Panthers.
Pezzino closes in on 200 goals
Madisyn Pezzino of Grand Island moved closer to the 200 career goals mark, scoring twice for the Vikings (6-1-0, 6-0-0) in a 6-0 Niagara Frontier League girls soccer victory over visiting Kenmore East. Pezzino, who has been on the varsity since seventh grade, had two goals and two assists in the win. She now has 198 career tallies. She will go for 200 when the Vikings face Aquinas of Rochester (4-2-1) Tuesday night in a nonleague home game.
Kathy Brooks, Natalie Kaminski, Grace McNamara and Grace Granahan also scored in Monday’s Grand Island victory.
“When teams focus on Pezzino, as most teams are trying to do, other girls have to step up,” Grand Island coach Dave Bowman said.
Nardin pushed its Monsignor Martin Association girls soccer record to 3-0 with a 3-0 victory at Mount St. Mary. Sydney Scello had a goal and an assist for the Gators while Emma Zielinski registered the shutout.
Sophs lead Niagara Wheatfield
Sophomores Jenna Sonnenburg and Danielle Brochet led the way for No. 6 ranked Niagara Wheatfield in a nonleague girls volleyball sweep of No. 9 Williamsville South. Sonnenburg had 14 digs and an ace while Brochet had five kills and 11 digs.