Don't expect a lot of scoring when St. Joe's and Canisius get together on the soccer pitch. The Monsignor Martin Association rivals played to a 0-0 draw Monday at St. Joe's in the first of their two regular season meetings. Last season, Canisius triumphed three times over the Marauders, each time by 1-0.
St. Joe's, ranked No. 5 in the Western New York Coaches Large School poll, has lost only to No. 1 ranked Clarence this season while Canisius came in with a 3-3 record.
Goalkeeper Chris Collins of St. Joe's made five saves in registering his seventh shutout in eight games this season. The Marauders put 13 shots on Canisius keeper Zachary Cox.
"Their keeper (Zachary Cox) was pretty good. We just could not find a way to punch one in," said St. Joe's coach Mike Thoin.
"The defense was rock solid on both sides," Thoin added. "Spencer Frome and Andre Torrico were strong in the back for us and John Uba was solid for them, too."
The return game between the teams will be Oct. 12 at the Stransky Complex in West Seneca.
Nichols tops Nardin soccer in OT
Nichols lost three times to Nardin last season including a shootout in the Monsignor Martin Association playoffs championship game.
On Monday, the Vikings broke through defeating the Gators, 5-4, on Maren Geiger's goal in the first overtime. Marisa Warren assisted on the game winner. The game was played at the Buffalo Soccer Club.
Geiger, a senior from East Amherst, scored four goals for Nichols, which led 1-0 and 3-1 only to see Nardin take a 4-3 lead. Eliza Roach tied it for Nichols with about six minutes left in regulation.
"It was an up-and-down, physical game," said Nichols coach Larry Desautels. Warren and her sister Camryn did a nice job for us playing against two of the top midfielders in our league. We were outshot but Bella Simoncelli made some great saves. She came out and challenged their shooters well and defended corner kicks well in overtime."
Sacred Heart improved its record to 3-1 in Monsignor Martin girls volleyball with a 3-0 triumph over Nichols (25-21, 25-18, 25-12) as Micaela Ryan led with eight kills. First place St. Mary's of Lancaster, ranked No. 1 among Western New York small schools, easily rolled over Niagara Catholic to run its record to 4-0 in the association.
Adimey's OT goal wins for Tigers
Senior co-captain Casey Adimey scored her second goal of the game a minute into overtime to give Amherst a 4-3 ECIC II field hockey victory at Williamsville East. Adimey also had the tying goal with a little more than a minute left in regulation. Madeline Smith and Sydney Doane had the other goals in the second half for the Tigers (4-1), who came into the game ranked ninth in the latest WNY Coaches poll. It was the first loss for Williamsville East, which was ranked third in the same poll.
Amherst goalie Julianna Ellis had 10 saves in the victory.
"I'm proud of the way we played," said Amherst coach Laurie LeGoff. "We were smart and poised and continued to execute as a team. The resiliency, focus and effort was tremendous."