Steelers win 9th title in row
Nine and counting for the Lackawanna boys soccer team.
The Steelers clinched their ninth straight ECIC IV title by blanking Alden, 3-0.
Abdul Albaneh led the fourth-ranked Steelers with two goals, while Hamidou Balde added a goal. Ali Mosed registered his 10th shutout of the season for Lackawanna (11-2).
Cup champs win again
I-Prep at Grover, the top-ranked boys soccer small school in the area, celebrated Wednesday’s league championship by dominating another D’Youville Cup foe Thursday as the Presidents defeated host City Honors, 4-1.
I-Prep received goals from Olga Rusimbana, Pa Lu, Ahmed Hassoon and Ahzet Sher – a day after clinching its third straight league title.
I-Prep carries a 12-game winning streak into its marquee Super Monday nonleague clash against St. Francis of the Monsignor Martin Association at Sweet Home’s Bob Barczak Stadium.
Legends earn tough draw
For the second time this week Lancaster took one of Western New York’s best in boys soccer and prevented them from winning.
The Legends battled No. 3 Clarence to a 0-0 draw during an ECIC I clash Thursday.
Anthony Gallo made 12 saves for the shutout for eighth-ranked Lancaster, which battled No. 1 Williamsville North to a 2-2 tie on Tuesday.
Dan Wilde made five saves for Clarence, which hosts North at noon on Saturday in another heavyweight ECIC I contest. North defeated Frontier, 3-0, on Thursday.
Around the field
• Jenna Szopinski scored the game-winning goal for City Honors in a 3-2 double overtime win over Olmsted in Radcliffe Cup girls soccer. Szopinski also had two assists in the win for the Lady Centaurs.
• Riley Kromer’s goal three minutes into the second half broke a 1-1 tie, enabling Sweet Home to defeat Lancaster, 2-1, in ECIC field hockey.