Nardin takes command
The girls soccer season in the Msgr. Martin Association turned serious on Friday. Nardin played Sacred Heart.
“It was a very good game,” Nardin coach Frank Cotroneo summarized nicely.
The Gators were just a little better, taking a 1-0 contest and the lead in the MMA. Emma Gervase had the goal for Nardin.
“The girls played very hard from beginning to end, and it showed,” Cotroneo said. “We scored in the 40th minute. They didn’t quit either. Sacred Heart came right back after the goal and we had to get back and play defense.
“Our defense played very smart. They have some nice players, and we formatted accordingly. We didn’t give them anything. They had a couple of chances on corner kicks.”
Emma Zielinski finished with a shutout that included six saves.
The two teams were both undefeated in league play entering the game. Now Nardin has the lead, but the teams will be seeing each other again.
“We might get them three times in three weeks,” Cotroneo said.
Elsewhere in the MMA, O’Hara blanked Niagara Catholic, 3-0. Sade McClinton earned the shutout for the Hawks.
In the ECIC II league, Marissa Birzon continued her scoring spree for Williamsville East. She had four goals and an assist as the Flames routed Iroquois, 8-1. Alex Bone contributed two goals for Williamsville East.
In ECIC IV play, a strong Tonawanda team mixed great offense and defense in a 10-0 win over Lackawanna. Hope Balling and Baylin Tighe had three goals each, while Taylor Hollock finished with two goals. Haley Schoelerman and Dayna Daughterty split the game in goal to share the shutout.
Shutout for Canisius’ Tatar
In boys soccer, Canisius improved to 10-2 with a 2-0 win over Nichols. J.P. Bobak had a goal for the Crusaders, while Brian Tatar picked up the shutout. In another MMA game, Carmine Tronolone had the shutout for St. Joe’s in a 1-0 win over St. Francis. Ben Galkiewicz was the lone goal-scorer.
In the Niagara Frontier League, Grand Island still looks like a state powerhouse. The Vikings made it 14-0 this season, 7-0 in league play, with a 7-0 win over Niagara Falls. John Griffin had four goals and an assist to lead Grand Island, while Garrett Robinson finished with a goal and three assists. Lucas Robinson made five saves in picking up the shutout.
No. 1 Iroquois passes test
In field hockey, Iroquois is playing like the top team in the area – which it is, according to the coaches’ poll. The Chiefs beat Williamsville East, 3-1. The Flames are ranked fifth in the latest poll. Hayley Fonfara had two goals for Iroquois, which improved to 12-0 on the season.
Williamsville South, ranked No. 2, kept up with Iroquois. The Billies defeated Hamburg, 3-1. Abby Ferenczy had two goals. Both Iroquois and Williamsville South are in ECIC II.
Lafayette still perfect
In girls volleyball, Lafayette remained undefeated for the season, but it wasn’t easy. The Violets had three close scores with I-Prep but finished with a sweep of the sets. The last score was 26-24. Lafayette is 6-0 overall, 5-0 in its league.
Elsewhere in Buffalo City Schools play, Middle Early College went four sets to knock off Riverside. Hutch-Tech swept Buffalo Arts.
In boys volleyball, Sweet Home and Lake Shore are in the middle of a tight battle in ECIC II standings. The Panthers won a good-sized match between the teams, as Sweet Home won in four sets. D.J. Genou had 18 assists while Anthony Nguyen had 12 digs.
ECIC’s best square off
The best girls tennis players in the ECIC will gather Saturday afternoon for the annual tournament.
The event will take place at the Village Glen in Williamsville. The competition begins at 3 p.m., while the finals will take place at some point after that.
Softball pair honored
Two Section VI athletes have been voted into the New York State High School Softball Hall of Fame. They are Shelly Lis of North Tonawanda and Terry DeLuca of Williamsville East.
Nine athletes, two coaches, and a radio station (WMCR in Oneida) were picked for the Class of 2017. The induction ceremony will be held at the Mudville Softball Complex in Herkimer on June 17.