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2017-10-12 / Sports

St. Mary’s boys soccer remains undefeated

by TAYLOR NIGRELLI Reporter


Luke Szablewski of St. Mary’s centers a pass on 2-on-1 opportunity during the Lancers’ 0-0 tie against Depew Wednesday night. St. Mary’s shut down the Wildcats on defense, but struggled to get offensive opportunities. The Lancers remained undefeated with the tie, moving to 10-0-3 on the season. There are two weeks worth of games left to keep up the unbeaten streak. 
Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Luke Szablewski of St. Mary’s centers a pass on 2-on-1 opportunity during the Lancers’ 0-0 tie against Depew Wednesday night. St. Mary’s shut down the Wildcats on defense, but struggled to get offensive opportunities. The Lancers remained undefeated with the tie, moving to 10-0-3 on the season. There are two weeks worth of games left to keep up the unbeaten streak. Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com St. Mary’s boys soccer is still undefeated more than six weeks into the season. The Lancers had a hard-fought 0-0 tie against Depew Wednesday to remain unbeaten.

“We ran a very tight defense as usual,” St. Mary’s Coach Al Franjoine said. “We kind of centered it on the defense. We tried to break out on offense later in the game. We had three forwards. But unfortunately, their goalie played a great game. It was a great game by both teams.”

Goaltender Noah Winiarski was excellent in the game as he has been many times this season. He’s been a major factor in the success St. Mary’s has had.

“He was picked this week as the prep player of the week,” Franjoine said. “In 13 games, he has 137 saves with seven shutouts. He’s the hottest goalie in Western New York right now. He’s got a .35 goals per game average against. If we can keep him on target, we’ll be good.”

“The other two key players for us are Luke Szablewski and Nino Marino,” Franjoine said. “Luke is the league’s leading scorer. Right now he has 18 goals for the season. Our captain Nino Marino has been fantastic at controlling both the offensive attack and the defensive formation. Those three players are the key to the season. The defense, anchored by Noah, offense anchored by Luke and Nino.”

The team has an obvious goal of finishing the season without a loss. There are five games left in the regular season. The two toughest contests will be against Walsh and Christian Central Baptist. The Lancers will also take the field Thursday against Cardinal O’Hara.

“We have right now five games left, two of them are very tough,” Franjoine said. “That will determine basically our season. We play Walsh, which we only beat 3-1, but they were very competitive. It was a great, tight game. The other very tight game is coming up is Christian Central Baptist. We only beat them 2-1. That was another extremely strong team.”

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