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Nardin edges Mt. Mercy

No. 9 Nardin had its hands full with pesky Mount Mercy, but Alex Juliano scored the winning goal to break a 2-2 tie and give the Gators the 3-2 win in Monsignor Martin Association girls soccer.

“It was one of those trap games,” Nardin coach Frank Cotroneo said. “We dominated play with 27 shots on goal. They had two and they scored both.”

Juliano gave Nardin a 2-1 lead with a shot just inside the 18-yard box before Mount Mercy came back eight minutes later to tie the game, again. Then Juliano slipped by her defender and picked the top corner on a shot, again, from inside the 18-yard box for the game-winner.

The Gators are 9-3-1 overall and 6-0 in Monsignor Martin.

Elsewhere in Monsignor Martin play, Nichols’ Emma Elia whistled in the game-winner for the Vikings in their, 2-1, triumph over Sacred Heart.

Meanwhile, No. 2 Lockport remained unbeaten at 11-0 overall and 9-0 in the Niagara Frontier League after a 2-1 victory over Niagara-Wheatfield.

Jill Golding and Gretta Dry each added goals, while Gabby Rose contributed an assist for the Lions.

Grand Island had little trouble handling Niagara Falls as Marcy Barberic and Madisyn Pezzino each added a pair of goals while Sarah Bykowicz registered the shutout in an 8-0 romp. The Vikings are now 7-1-2 overall and 6-1-2 in the NFL.

Also in the NFL, Anna Kromer and Chelsea Gunderson scored goals in overtime for Lew-Port as the Lancers downed Kenmore West, 4-2. Lew-Port’s Cristina Catalano and Abby Neal scored in regulation, as did Lauren Lepovich and Sydney Blatner for Kenmore West.

Christian Central moved up to .500 on Tahelah Noel’s winner that led Central to a 2-1 victory over St. Mary’s/Lancaster.

St. Joe’s blanks Nichols

Defense has been St. Joe’s calling card this boys soccer season, but the Marauders have had trouble finishing off plays offensively. That wasn’t the case against No. 2 Nichols.

Tenth-ranked St. Joe’s knocked off the Vikings, 2-0, behind another stellar effort defensively in which the Marauders allowed just five shots on goal against Will Boerema. Hunter Walsh and Brendan Cryan scored goals for St. Joe’s.

“It was a nice start to the second half of the season for us,” Marauders coach Mike Thoin said. “We’ve been solid on defense all season and we hope that can continue.”

Elsewhere in Niagara Frontier League play, Casey Morgan scored the winning goal for Kenmore West in its, 3-2, overtime victory over Lew-Port.

Maryvale’s Tyler Diebold tallied a pair of goals for the Flyers in their 5-3 ECIC III triumph over Springville.

Aquino win a milestone

Lancaster girls gymnastics coach Donna Aquino reached a major milestone on Thursday, and hopes to add a few more before the end of the season.

The longtime coach captured her 300th career victory in beating both Frontier and Kenmore. Aquino, now in her 26th season as the Redskins’ coach and her 24th year as the Section VI chairperson, is shooting for her seventh consecutive sectional title and her 12th overall.

“Maybe it will be lucky No. 7 for us,” Aquino said. “That would be great finish to the year.”

St. Mary’s bests OP

Who’s No. 1 in local girls volleyball?

Right now, the nod goes to St. Mary’s/Lancaster.

In a battle of the area’s top ranked large and small schools, the Lancers defeated Orchard Park, 3-1.

The Lancers took the first set, 28-26, while OP captured the second, 25-23, while St. Mary’s won the finals sets 25-19 and 25-16.

Leah Meyer finished with 19 kills and six blocks in the win, and Abby Salamone had 35 assists.

Crusaders cruise

No. 1 Canisius didn’t have any trouble with St. Francis as the Crusaders won in straight sets, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22, in Monsignor Martin boys volleyball.

Brendan Blake had 11 kills for Canisius.