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Canisius defense shines

Defense continues to be the focal point for Canisius boys soccer. It paced them to the state Catholic championships last year. And this year, it has them off to a 3-0 start. On Wednesday it blanked St. Joe’s, 1-0, in a Monsignor Martin matchup.

The Crusaders have yet to be scored on this year and goalkeeper Chris Alaimo didn’t need to do much work to preserve the shutout.

“My defense is the strongest point on my team,” Canisius coach Sam Belsito said. “My back four are some of the best around. They’ve gone through this. They won a state championship last year and three of the four of them are back from that. They’ve played under pressure. They’re very confident back there.”

Zach Denz scored midway through the first half after a scramble off a corner kick for the only goal of the game.

Meanwhile, after defeating St. Francis on penalty kicks in the championship game of the Lockport Tournament on Saturday, Nichols scored early and held on for a 1-0 win against the Red Raiders on Wednesday.

John Ennis scored in the first minute and Peter Calleri recorded the shutout for Nichols (4-1).

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Coaches from the winning team should email scores@buffnews.com within 30 minutes of the conclusion of their contest.

Coaches need to provide the final score along with the following information they have in the past called in to us:

• Is the game a nonleague or a league contest (with what league).

• At least two “highlight” players (leading scorers or statistical standouts, game-winning goal and/or assist, goalie and saves, etc.). Please include players’ first and last names, with the correct spellings, along with their position and year in school.

• Any other notable information about the contest. For example: if any records were broken (please also supply the old record); if teams have a lengthy win streak going (or had one broken); if it is the first time in several seasons that one school has beaten another; implications in the league standings (or playoff race when the time comes);

• The winning team’s overall and league records, and their next game, especially if the next game it is a big matchup;

• The head coach’s phone number so, if need be, we can follow up to obtain more details and reaction about the game.

• Football scores should be called into The News as soon as possible on Friday nights via 849-4461. Callers should have the complete box score (including all scoring plays) as well as key statistics and plays from the game.

We appreciate the time and effort high school coaches put into reporting their scores to The News.