The Archbishop Molloy Stanners held off a valiant St. Francis Prep comeback to take the CHSAA league opener for both teams on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Alley Pond Park, 3-2.
The defending CHSAA state champion Stanners, coached by Andy Kostell, got off to a fast start, as Mike Berrios kicked off the scoring 15 minutes into the first half and Steven Doyle added another 15 minutes later. Molloy led 2-0 at the break.
The St. Francis Terriers then came roaring back with back-to-back goals by Chris Belac to knot the score at 2-2. Doyle, however, scored the game-winner for the Stanners with 10 minutes remaining in the second half, taking a feed from teammate Anthony Trillo and blasting the ball past the keeper from 20 yards out.
Molloy also tied Bayside, 0-0, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, and tied Long Islands St. Anthonys, 1-1, Friday, while St. Francis Prep defeated St. Marys (Manhasset), 2-0, Saturday and tied Keio Academy Friday, 1-1.
Holy Cross 6, Xaverian 0. The Knights and new head coach Dominic Cinelli got off on the right foot last Thursday, as Paul Nitoli, Gio Parades, John Zizzo, Weadley Gene and Tamer Mohammad all scored in their shutout win over Brooklyns Xaverian Clippers. Daniel Cinelli and Anthony Fata combined for the league-opening shutout.
In non-league action, the Knights also beat New Jerseys Father Wood 1-0 and scored an 8-1 win over Monsignor Bonner in Philadelphia.
Reach Sports Editor Anthony Bosco by e-mail at TimesLedger@aol.com or call 229-0300, Ext. 130.
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