Clarence tops St. Joe’s
In a meeting between two of the best boys soccer programs in Western New York, host Clarence defeated St. Joe’s, 2-1, to cap the two-day Clarence Tournament with a 2-0 record.
Chris O’Brien scored the game-winning goal for the defending Section VI Class AA champion Red Devils.
Kyle Pollard also scored for the Red Devils, who also defeated Nichols, 4-0, in the tournament.
St. Joe’s, the 2016 Monsignor Martin runner-up which defeated I-Prep/Grover on Wednesday, received its goal from Mason Benz with 15 minutes left to pull within a goal. The Marauders pressured after that but Clarence prevented them from firing any dangerous shots.
“We really like this really challenging early season opportunity to play St. Joe’s. They’re always good. They’re organized and well-coached. … It’s usually a battle but it was a fun game to watch today,” Mike Silverstein said.
Clarence hosts Williamsville North in its ECIC I opener.
Also at the Clarence, I-Prep bounced back from its loss to St. Joe’s by blanking Nichols 3-0. Solomon Thang scored twice for the Presidents, while Abdullahi Hussein opened the scoring at 43:01 – the first of three goals in a span of 7 minutes, 42 seconds by I-Prep.
NT remains unbeaten
Break up the North Tonawanda Lumberjacks.
After having already matched last season’s win total in just three games, NT remained unbeaten this boys soccer season, battling Niagara Wheatfield to a 2-2 draw in the Niagara Frontier League on Thursday. John Paul Barone and David Powell scored for the Lumberjacks, who are being coached this season by Robert Brocklehurst.
Elsewhere, last year’s Section VI Class A-1 runner-up McKinley had no trouble dispatching Lafayette, 4-0, in D’Youville Cup play. Issak Sabtow, Aristole Muangala, Sajan Magar and Ernesto Cruz scored for the Macks, whose long playoff run ended last season at the hands of eventual state runner-up Grand Island. The Vikings routed CSAT 12-0 as Jake Nelson had four goals and an assist for GI.
GI girls soccer rallies past Clarence
In a battle between two of the top girls soccer programs in the area, reigning Section VI Class A champion Grand Island rallied to defeat defending Class AA champion Clarence, 2-1, in overtime in a nonleaguer at Clarence.
Abby Blair’s goal with 2 minutes left tied the game for the Vikings (2-0). They then went ahead for good three minutes into the first of two 10-minute overtime periods on Ana Mascaro’s goal.
“It was a great matchup,” GI coach Dave Bowman said. “It’s a good start. It feels good to win a game like that.”
Elsewhere, Niagara Wheatfield improved to 3-0 with a 4-0 win over North Tonawanda in Niagara Frontier League girls’ soccer.
Erin Weir had two goals and an assist, while Hannah Wilson made eight saves for the shutout.
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