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High School Extra: St. Joe's tops I-Prep soccer in Clarence Tournament opener

St. Joe's opened its soccer schedule with a 5-0 triumph over International Prep at Grover on Wednesday, the first day of the Clarence Tournament.

Seniors Brandon Wisz and Tom Dunia, junior Oliver Wright and Isaac Swenson scored for the Marauders, Senior Tom Stankowski and sophomore Hunter Parucki had two assists each for St. Joe's.

"We played pretty well defensively," said St. Joe's coach Mike Thoin. "We were very, very sound, only gave up three shots. We kind of wore 'em down numbers-wise in the second half. They looked a little bit young but they had some skilled kids. They'll  be all right. It might take them a game or two."

Senior Chris Collins and senior Dom Grecco split the goaltending for St. Joe's, which was runner-up to Canisius in the Monsignor Martin Association last season. I-Prep swept through Buffalo Public Schools competition with a 12-0 record. The Presidents' only regular season loss was to St. Joe's, 3-2, in the 2016 Clarence tournament.

Host Clarence will face St. Joe's at 3 p.m. today in the final round after I-Prep takes on Nichols.

Newfane wins early N-O boys showdown

Last year's two top boys soccer teams in the Niagara-Orleans League squared off in their league openers Wednesday and the Newfane won at Wilson, 5-2, to continue their mastery over the Lakemen. Newfane went 10-0 in league play last season including a 2-1 (OT) and 4-0 triumphs over Wilson.

The Panthers struck early Wednesday. Mateo May scored in the third minute from Trevor Moreland. A minute later Matt DiTullio made it 2-0. The backbreaker came when Moreland scored his second of the game with 5 seconds left in the first half to make it 4-1. May got his second of the game in the second half.

Wyatt Wagner scored both goals for Wilson.

It was the first win for Newfane which lost two last weekend in the Coaches Versus Cancer Tournament at Sweet Home.

Cam Stanton had five saves in goal for Newfane.

Moreland, the Niagara-Orleans Player of the Year last season, and May rank 1-2 in career scoring at Newfane.

"We've got a lot of returning guys and a couple of juniors and seniors stepping up to replace what we lost," said Newfane coach Sean McDonnell.

North wins on Ciambella's goal

Izzy Ciambella, a junior outside halfback up from last year's junior varsity, scored 15 minutes into the match and Williamsville North made the tally stand up the rest of the way for a 1-0 ECIC I girls soccer victory at Lancaster. Coach Doug Kircher's Spartans are 2-0 in the opening week of the season.

"My halfback crossed the ball from right to the back post and Izzy was their to knock it in," Kircher said.

Sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Paplham made seven saves to help North hold off the Legends.

MaKenna Crosson and Katie Kabari each scored a pair of goals to lead East Aurora to a 5-2 ECIC III girls soccer victory over Iroquois. Anna Cashmore had the other goal for the Blue Devils. Maggie Crosson had two assists and MaKenna Crosson one for the winners.

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