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High School Boys Soccer: Lake Shore off to impressive 7-1 start, St. Francis beats MMAA rival Canisius

Cole Beale scores in Hamburg’s win over West Seneca East. (Photo courtesy of Ron Larson)

Lake Shore has bounced back from its only loss this season to win consecutive games, both ECIC Division III victories. In its latest action, the Eagles defeated Pioneer 3-1 on Monday, (Sept. 17). Captain Wade Bergum scored his 19th goal of the season as the Eagles improved to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in division play. Wade’s younger brother, AJ Bergum, added a goal and an assist and Codie Taylor scored the other Lake Shore goal.

The Eagles won 4-1 at Maryvale on Sept. 14 as AJ Bergum scored twice and assisted on another for the Eagles. Taylor opened the scoring with a left foot finish, and Wade Bergum scored as well. Defensively, captain Jon Weber, Kenny Pierce, Jerry Yeates, and Kyle Tezanos turned in strong performances, as did goalkeeper Bryce Parker-Norton in rainy conditions. The Eagles next play at Cheektowaga on Thursday, Sept. 20.

In the first of three scheduled Monsignor Martin games against Canisius, St. Francis came away with a 4-3 overtime victory over its rival. Canisius tied the game in the last minute but Sam Eggleston connected on the game-winner just 40 seconds into the first overtime. It was his second goal of the game.

After spotting Canisius an early goal lead, Drew Bassini took a 53-yard shot on net that went into the goal. Eggleston put St. Francis ahead two minutes later on a pass from Aaron Hayes. Canisius tied it just before halftime. In the second, Patrick Schaefer put St. Francis back in the lead with a goal off of another Hayes’ feed.

In the game prior, St. Francis came away with a 3-1 win at Mercyhurst Prep. Matthew Gabalski finished with five saves and combined with Alex Davis for the win. Hayes connected in the first half on a cross from Tyler Simon to give the team a 1-0 lead. Mercyhurst evened the game on a penalty kick just before halftime. In the second half, captain Jason Jablonski scored on a penalty kick and Schaefer put home a rebound of a shot from Eggleston. The Red Raiders had lost a tough game on Sept. 12 to MMAA foe St. Joe’s, 1-0.

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