St. Joe’s notches big win
Things are starting to come together nicely for the St. Joe’s soccer team, including getting comfortable in overtime.
The Marauders defeated rival Canisius, 2-1, in overtime Thursday. It was their second-straight overtime win over a ranked team.
On Super Monday at Nichols, St. Joe’s upset top-ranked Williamsville East, 2-1, in overtime.
Canisius (11-3-0) came into the game ranked No. 3 in the large school poll, but St. Joe’s (6-6-1) found a way to come back from a 1-0 deficit.
“I like just about everything,” coach Mike Thoin said about his team. “Their work ethic is incredible. They had a hard time early in the year completing games. Now they complete games on a regular basis and into overtime. They figured out how to play and how to have some success.”
Canisius took a 1-0 lead when Matt Keating scored with about three minutes left in the first half.
St. Joe’s tied the game in the 70th minute on a goal from Brendan Cryan. Hunter Walsh scored the game-winner five minutes into overtime.
“They don’t panic and they don’t quit,” Thoin said. “They just keep coming and continuing to work. That’s what we talked to them about today, continuing to work. I’m very proud of them. They didn’t stop at all and they continue to grow as a group and do little things to get wins.”
In other Monsignor Martin boys soccer action, Jackson Spereuti had a goal and an assist for St. Mary’s in a 3-1 win over Cardinal O’Hara, and John Ennis had the game-winning goal for Nichols in a 3-2 win over St. Francis.
Aiden Gould and Eiki Sakugawa gave Bishop Timon/St. Jude a two-goal lead and it held on for the 2-1 win over Niagara Catholic.
Newfane clinches top seed
With a 4-0 win over Wilson, Newfane clinched the top seed in Class B-1 for the sectional playoffs.
It’s the first No. 1 seeding for Newfane. The Panthers (11-2-1) are ranked second in the Western New York Small School Coaches’ Poll and have been in the top 10 all season.
Newfane is also ranked No. 12 in New York State in Class B.
In Thursday’s Niagara-Orleans league win, sophomore Chad Gilson scored a goal and added two assists. Goalie Tyler Ribbeck recorded his fifth shutout for the Panthers, who finished second in the league with a 9-2-1 mark.
Senior captain Patrick Eadie leads the team with 12 goals and seven assists.
Agostino, Higgs win All-High Meet
Hutch Tech and City Honors won the boys and girls team titles at the Buffalo Public Schools All-High Cross Country Meet.
Hutch Tech won the boys title with 23 points, followed by City Honors and Olmstead. Senior Stefano Agostino of Hutch-Tech won the individual title with a time of 13:28 on the 2.5-mile Delaware Park course.
On the girls side, City Honors took the team tile, edging Hutch-Tech and Olmsted. Sophomore Brittnay Higgs of Olmsted won the individual title with a time of 16:33.
Milestones for Springville
Two players for the Springville girls’ soccer team hit career goal milestones in an 11-0 win over Maryvale in ECIC III action.
Alena Woodarek scored three goals to bring her career total to 103. Tia Woodarek notched six to hit 100.