Devils win battle of champs
Taha Ahmed scored in the sixth minute and Ross Showalter in the 46th as the defending Class AA boys soccer champion Clarence defeated Monsignor Martin champion St. Joe’s, 2-1, in the final of the Clarence Tournament.
The Marauders’ main rival, Canisius, kicked off its season and Monsignor Martin slate with a 3-0 home victory against Bishop Timon-St. Jude.
Derek Bartlo scored twice for the Crusaders, while Zach Cox and Connor Garrett combined for the shutout.
Pioneer upsets Amherst
Amherst field hockey, the defending Class B champions, kicked off its season on the wrong foot against Pioneer.
Morgan McAfee and Olivia Kempf each scored, while Bella Addesa notched two assists in the Panthers’ 2-0 victory.
In other ECIC action, Grace Burker recorded a shutout in Williamsville East’s 2-0 triumph against Sweet Home. Jessie Lovallo and Laura Kaplan each scored a goal in the Flames’ season opener.
Frontier’s Hohl earns SO
Twelve-year-old goalkeeper Nathan Hohl made 15 saves and earned his third shutout of the season in Frontier boys soccer’s 2-0 road victory against Orchard Park.
The win is the Falcons’ first against the Quakers since 2013 and pushes the team to 2-0 in ECIC I and 4-0 overall.
Camron Walsh scored Frontier’s first goal in the 12th minute, while Jon Czajka added an insurance tally with five seconds remaining.
Niagara Falls boys soccer also ended a losing streak, besting Lockport, 3-1, for the first time in over a decade.
Michael Ranieri scored all three goals, with the final tally coming on a penalty kick. Joe White and Jacob Moshholder had assists on the other two strikes.
Thursday’s girls soccer action was one-sided, featuring nine shutout matches. The closest battles were both 2-0 results, with Clarence besting Grand Island and Cattaraugus/Little Valley downing Pine Valley.
Story topics: Amherst/ Bishop Timon-St. Jude/ Canisius/ Cattaraugus/Little Valley/ Clarence/ Frontier/ grand island/ Lockport/ niagara falls/ Orchard Park/ Pine Valley/ Pioneer/ St. Joe's/ Sweet Home/ Williamsville East