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Catholic boys, girls soccer finals set

One day after its football team recorded a big win over St. Joe’s, the Canisius soccer team followed suit.

The Crusaders eliminated their rivals from the Msgr. Martin Association playoffs on Sunday with a 4-1 semifinal win. Kevin Armstrong’s goal gave Canisius a 2-0 lead in the first half. Alex Cancilla added a goal and an assist.

In the other semifinal, St. Francis eliminated host Nichols, 2-0. Sam Eggleston scored seven minutes into the game on an assist by Brennan Macy. The second score was an own goal by Nichols in the second half. Matthew Galbalski had six saves for the shutout.

St. Francis (11-7-3) will meet Canisius (11-4-2) for the title next Sunday at St. Joe’s at 2 p.m.

GIRLS: Nardin knocked off six-time defending playoff champion Nichols, 2-1, in penalty kicks in the North division semifinals of the MMA playoffs. Abby Tezak, Sarah Donohue and Mayah Krouse scored in penalty kicks.

Nichols scored first in regulation on a goal by junior Val McNamara. Donohue answered for Nardin on a direct kick three minutes into the second half.

Seniors Lauren Constantino and Isabel Williams scored 18 minutes apart in the first half as Sacred Heart eliminated Mount Mercy, 2-0, at the UB South Campus. Ally Dryer had eight saves for her eighth shutout.

Nardin (14-5) will meet Sacred Heart (10-3) for the title on Sunday at noon at St. Joe’s.

Junior Stephanie Busha scored off a corner kick with 10 minutes left in the first half as Immaculata surprised host Cardinal O’Hara, 1-0, in the South division semifinal. Kathryn Halloran had 25 saves for her fifth shutout. Immaculata (6-7-2) will play Christian Central (13-2-3) for the title on Sunday at 10 a.m. at St. Joe’s.