Stanners best Xavier, Regis in non-league action

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The Archbishop Molloy Stanners scored two non-league wins this week, beating Xavier, 2-0, and Regis, 4-2. The victories over the Bronx/Manhattan soccer teams were technically non-league, though they will count next season when the Brooklyn/Queens teams merge with the ArchDiocese.

According to Andy Kostel, head coach for the Stanners, the two ‘A’ leagues will join forces so that the four ‘A’ teams in the B/Q Diocesan, Molloy, St. Francis Prep, Holy Cross and Xaverian, do not have to play ‘B’ schools in league games.

“I think this citywide thing is going to change things,” Kostel said. “Better games are always better.”

Gabriel Ortega scored both Molloy goals against Xavier Sept. 17 in overtime and Michael Testa registered the shutout as the Stanners won 2-0.

“We didn’t play very well,” Kostel said.

Molloy was only marginally better against Regis two days later. Sitting their starting keeper, the Stanners trailed 2-1 at halftime, but tied it up as Nick Katsanos and Michael Berrios scored in regulation to force overtime.

With Testa in net in the second half and overtime, Antonio Trillo put Molloy up in the extra session — suffering an ankle injury on the play — and Katsanos scored his second as Molloy went on to win, 4-2.

Molloy is now 4-1-2 with non-league games on Thursday against Iona Prep and Friday against Kellenberg.

St. Francis Prep 3. Iona Prep 2. The Terriers won in overtime on Sept. 19, thanks to Pablo Retrepo’s game-winner. Chris Belac and Jason Pierre-Louis also scored and Chris Conti got the win in net.

Holy Cross 3, Stepinac 0. Paul Nitoli scored the first goal, Jeovani Parades the second and Tamer Mohamed the third as the Knights shut out Stepinac last Thursday. Daniel Cinelli and Anthony Fata combined for the shutout.

St. Francis Prep 6, Stepinac 1. Belac scored four goals, Bright Dzomeku had three assists and Nick Caputi had seven saves as St. Francis stopped Stepinac on Sept. 17. In non-league action, St. Francis Prep and Bayside battled to a 1-1 tie.

Christ the King 8, Cathedral Prep 1. The Royals opened the league season with a solid win over the Crusaders. Freshman Tonna Egbuchunam and junior Filippo Rappa scored three goals apiece, while seniors Kayode Sodeinde and Carlos Hernandez each scored one. Freshman Lukas Sacilowski got the win in net. CK is now 1-0 in league play and 3-2 overall.

St. John’s Prep 6, St. Edmund Prep 1. Sebsatian Garcia scored three goals, Edwin Montes added two and Ernedis Certuche had one for the red Storm in the league opener Monday. Colm Dillon anchored the defense along with Eric Mendoza and Marcos Ortiz. Nick Sens-Castet got the win in net. St. John’s is now 1-0 in league play and overall.

Monsignor McClancy 8, Bishop Ford 0. Peter Gonzalez and Danny Tarantino scored two for the Crusaders, while teammates Camilo Barrientos, Adam Brunengo, Victor Borja, Javier Caamano had one goal apiece. Anthony Carullo and Chris Jones shared the shutout in net. McClancy in now 1-0 in league play and 3-1-1 overall.

Reach Sports Editor Anthony Bosco by e-mail at or call 229-0300, Ext. 130.

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