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High School Extra: Canisius soccer shuts down Frannies

Mitchel Stein scored a goal and assisted on another, and the Canisius defense kept a lid on the St. Francis offense in the Crusaders' 4-0 Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association victory over the Red Raiders at Athol Springs. Abel Tefera, Bryce Chretien, Derek Bartlo had the other goals for the Crusaders.

"We didn't give up many opportunities. Our defense was really, reallyt strong and that makes the goalie's job a little easier," Canisius coach Chris Stuff said.

Mason Monteleone and John Bailey, who also had two assists, stood out on the backline for Canisius. Connor Garrett was in goal for the shutout as Canisius went to 2-0 in league play.

Joey Zachary and David Reilly each scored a goal and added an assist at Lew-Port defeated Kenmore West, 4-1, to take over first place in the Niagara Frontier League's Frontier Division. Grand Island kept pace with the Lancers by edging Niagara Wheatfield, 1-0. Jake Nelson scored the game-winner and Steven Pufpaff made eight saves for the Vikings' shutout. First-place North Tonawanda kept its hold on first place in the Niagara Division with a 2-1 triumph over Kenmore East.

Senior Carlos Reyes scored twice and seniors Cameron Townsend, senior Colin Fors, junior Jameson Reid and junior Ishaan Gupta also tallied for Williamsville East (3-0-1 ECIC II) in a 6-0 triumph over visiting Amherst. Reyes got the Flames off early with a goal in the third minute. He added his second in the 38th minute to help East to a 4-0 halftime advantage. It was the second win in two days for the Flames, who shut out West Seneca East, 3-0, on Monday.

Jonathan Bauer scored twice for Eden and Michael Spagnola assisted on both Springville goals as the teams played to a 2-2 overtime tie in ECIC III boys soccer. Matthew Sion of the Griffins got the tying goal in the 50th minute after Bauer had given his team a 2-1 lead just five minutes before.

Nardin extends unbeaten soccer streak in league

Nardin (4-1, 2-0 Monsignor Martin), which last lost a regular season league soccer game in 2015, extended its winning streak with a 4-0 victory over Sacred Heart (4-2, 2-1) Tuesday in a battle for first place in League A. Bridget Molloy scored twice and Abby Evoniuk and Lindsay Karas scored for the Gators.

"The key to our success was Olivia Jerge, a junior forward," said Nardin coach Frank Controneo. "She much have had at least 15 crosses that were on the feet. We had 33 shots on net. Their goalie (Alex Miller) was phenomenal -- probably the best we've seen this year even better than the Wilson goalie, Emily Kelly, who I think is phenomenal."

Abby Molloy, Bridget's sister, stood out on defense for Nardin, which was 10-0 in league regular season play last season and advanced all the way to the State Catholic finals, losing, 1-0, to Sacred Heart of Hempstead.

"The team is working hard to get to the states again," Controneo said. "We have a lot of new players. We had nine seniors leave last year and had to revamp quickly. The girls are doing a nice job of learning."

Lancers open league play with a win

St. Mary's of Lancaster, ranked No. 1 in the latest WNY small schools poll and fresh from sweeping through their own tournament with a 7-0 record last weekend, opened its Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association schedule by sweeping past Mount Mercy, 25-12, 25-8 and 25-5.  Senior Shea Andoncelli led the Lancers with eight kills.

Senior outside hitter Ally Jozwiak had 11 kills and served six aces for Williamsville East in a 25,-12, 25-11, 25-15 triumph over visiting Starpoint. The Flames (4-0, 4-0 ECIC II) are seeking their sixth straight division title and fourth Section VI Class A championship.

Eden boys win in volleyball

Eden, ranked second in Western New York boys volleyball, defeated Starpoint for the second time in a week, Tuesday, topping the Spartans, 25-15, 25-18, 25-20. The Raiders triumphed over Starpoint in Eden's own Can-Am Tournament last Saturday.

Drew Hesse had 13 kills and three aces and Josh Williams had six kills and two blocks for Eden.

"We played very well tonight, but Starpoint is going to be reckoned with come sectional time," said Eden coach Robert Pierce. "Our team is working really well right now."

Clarence took three sets from Lancaster in ECIC I, 25-18, 217, 25-16, getting 24 assists from Teddy Payne. Devin Dzierba had 13 kills and Patrick Weisinger nine for the Red Devils, who are ranked seventh in this week's coaches' large school poll.


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