Nichols and Nardin, the top two teams in the Monsignor Martin girls soccer A League last season will face each other in a nonleague game today in the Clarence Tournament. It should be a good one. The schools met three times last season, a 0-0 draw, a 5-4 overtime victory for Nichols and a 2-0 triumph in the Monsignor Martin playoffs for the Vikings.
"We're very young this year. We have only 17 players," said Nardin coach Frank Cotroneo.
On Wednesday, the Gators edged Grand Island, the defending Niagara Frontier League champion, 3-2, on Olivia Jerge's goal with about a minute and a half left in the second overtime.
Jerge, a first team all-league selection for Nardin last season, took an up-and-over pass from Brigid Molloy and went in on the GI goalie.
"Their goalie played every angle correctly, but Olivia flicked a shot over the keeper's head into the goal," Cotroneo said.
Another returning all-league performer, Molloy, a sophomore from West Seneca, scored the first two Nardin goals.
Three more for Fronczak
According to St. Joe's soccer coach Mike Thoin, Marauders forward Joe Fronczak has "a great knack of finding the net."
It's no exaggeration. Fronczak scored all three goals for St. Joe's Wednesday in a 3-0 victory over International Prep at Grover on Wednesday in the Clarence Tournament.
It's the second straight hat trick for Fronczak, who had three goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over Orchard Park. "He's playing really smart," Thoin said of the junior striker.
"We're off to a good start with a young team. I'm very pleased," said Thoin, whose Marauders will face host Clarence today.
The host Red Devils won Wednesday’s second game, 5-0, over Nichols as Ross Showalter and Gehrig Lahti scored two goals each.
"I-Prep was very skilled and bigger than we are," Thoin said. "Clarence will be a good test as well. We play them and Orchard Park every year. We try to schedule the best teams we can get . We only have three other teams in the Monsignor Martin large schools league. We play 19 games scheduled."
Storm halts East Aurora
Senior Katherine Jancevski scored three times and added an assist and junior Ellie George had a pair of goals for East Aurora in 6-0 ECIC III girls soccer win over Lake Shore. The game was stopped midway through the second half because of the rain storm that moved through the area.
Tatyjana Scalisi scored all four goals for Williamsville South in a 4-4 ECIC II draw with West Seneca East. The game ended in a tie after play was stopped with two minutes left in regulation because of a thunder and lightning storm in West Seneca.