2014 Boys' Soccer Schedule
Front Row~Osama Abughanem, Givon Blackwell, Drew Cannizzaro, Nick Barrus, Kassim Kassim, Tyler Mondo- Goodrich, Jack Kawalec
Back Row~Coach Bryan Booke, Isa Habeeb, Cole Rodgers, Baylen Oliver, Dalton Planty, Ian Smith, Christian Lawrence, Christopher Martin, Coach Kevin LeRoy
|9/23||West Seneca Christian||3:45/AWAY||4-0|
|10/3||ESDDA/Northern Region/Rochester Wild Cats||Rochester||5-0|
|10/4||ESDDA/ Northern Region/Millneck||Rochester||3-0|
|10/11||SMSD Homecoming vs. Penn||11:00am||3-0|
|10/18||Friendship Tournament||TBA /ROME|
|10/21||West Seneca Christian||3:45/HOME|
BOYS' 2014 SOCCER RECAP
Friendship Festival October 17 and 18
The boys varsity soccer team travelled to Rome, NY this past weekend and represented not only our school but our country in the 24th annual International Friendship tournament against two other Canadian teams. For the first time in school history the Bisons from St. Mary’s and the Wildcats from Rochester School for the Deaf put our rivalry and differences aside and came together to form one team to play against our neighbors from the north in some friendly exhibition games.
On Friday afternoon our “WNY UNITED” team took on the Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf from Belleville, Ontario. Considering that SMSD & RSD had never played together before, the coaching staff was pleasantly surprised as to how well they seemed to work together. It was the first time that either school had played 11v11 against another deaf team all season. We saw good communication on both the offensive and defensive sides of the field and it was nice to see the boys enjoying playing with each other for a change. The WNY UNITED team dictated the tempo of the game from start to finish and won 8-4. Nick Barrus had two goals off of nice assists from some Wildcat players and Cole Rodgers, Isa Habeeb and Tyler Mondo-Goodrich all played very steady defense. Chris Martin split time in goal with the keeper from Rochester and made a few key saves to keep our lead intact. At the end of the match the team was excited to play with each other again.
Our second game of the weekend was on Saturday morning against EC Drury School for the Deaf from Milton, Ontario. Having watched this team play the day before, our WNY UNITED team new that this was going to be a much harder challenge. EC Drury was a large team that had some skilled players and the advantage of having played together all season long. Unfortunately mother nature also played a significant role in how the match progressed. It was pouring rain throughout the entire game making field conditions less then favorable. EC Drury took advantage of some defensive breakdowns as well as some key injuries on our offense. The Canadians got the better of us in game #2 by the score of 6-0.
Overall it was a wonderful experience to not only have played against teams from another country but to play with RSD as friends.
Our last game is this Thursday at home against West Seneca Christian. Please come and support our squad as we look to end the our season on a high note.
Nick Barrus: 2 goals vs Sir James Whitney
October 11, 2014
The Bisons varsity soccer team took on the Panthers from the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf this past weekend in our annual homecoming. Overall, the weekend was wonderful. Our opponents arrived late Friday night and both teams had the opportunity to socialize before they would face off against one another the next morning in front of a very large crowd of St. Mary’s supporters. The Bison’s objective was to start quickly by pressuring our opponents with a barrage of offensive shots. Within the 1st 20 minutes of the game we had accumulated 15 shots on goal and Nicholas Barrus had scored twice. Before halftime, Dalton Planty tacked on another goal which gave us a 3-0 advantage. In the second half, the Bisons picked up where we left off previously by continuing with our offensive pressure from Drew Cannizzaro and Givon Blackwell. Both players helped by raising our shot total to 26 shots on goal which was by far our highest number for the season. Although we had plenty of opportunities to score, we could not punch another goal past the Panthers. The Bisons went on to be victorious against Division 1 PSD by the final score of 3-0. It was a great confidence booster for our team to get a win in front of our home crowd at such a great homecoming event. It should also be noted that this was Christopher Martin’s second shutout in goal for the season. The Bison’s have their last tournament of the season this coming weekend as we travel to Rome, NY to participate in the Friendship tournament against some Canadian teams. This will be a first time experience for all of us and we are very excited. Thank you all for your support.
October 09, 2014
The Bisons varsity soccer team played a hard fought match yesterday against the Falk School. Despite the 5-1 loss, the coaching staff continued to see progress and steps in the right direction. Some bright spots throughout the game included Dalton Planty scoring his first career goal at the varsity level by dribbling through a few of our opponents defenders at mid field and taking the ball on a breakaway to notch our only tally. Christopher Martin played solid keeper in between the posts making 16 saves. This Saturday at 11am is our annual homecoming game. We face off against division I school Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. Please come and support the team and wish the athletes good luck.
Overall Record: 1-6
October 3rd and 4th, 2014
This weekend the boys soccer team travelled to Rochester School for the Deaf for the ESDAA Northern Regional Soccer Tournament. This year’s tournament included RSD, SMSD and Millneck Manor. It was a round robin tournament which had each school play twice on Friday and then seeding for the championships on Saturday.
In our first match up on Friday, the Bisons took on The Rochester Wild Cats. Rochester scored early in the game and set the tone for the rest of the game. Our boys were just getting used to playing as a group this season when we were forced to make some lineup changes. Some SMSD players were forced to play in positions that they were not familiar with due to these lineup changes. The boys worked hard and got better as the game progressed but RSD capitalized on our mistakes early and it was too much for the Bisons to overcome. We lost 5-0.
In our second game on Friday, we faced Millneck. And we played a much better game. We worked as a team and were building our confidence. It was 0-0 after the first half. In the second half, Nick Barrus went on a scoring streak and scored 2 goals in the first 5 minutes of play. Christian Lawrence had both of the assists on the goals. Nick scored another goal late in the second from a Kassim Kassim assist. Isa Habeeb and Dalton Planty had great games as well. Christopher Martin was able to forget the last game and had some good saves too.
On Saturday, We faced Millneck again since RSD was seeded first and received a bye and advanced to the championship game. The Bison had many great scoring opportunities but could not find the back of the net. Millneck scored late in the first half and went into half time with a 1-0 lead. Millneck worked the ball around as a team and scored about midway through the second half to go up by two goals. The Bisons had a penalty kick awarded to them but Nick Barrus was unsuccessful and missed the far post by inches. Millneck got their third goal with 6 minutes to go in the game and cruised away with the victory.
RSD………….. 1st place
Millneck…… 2nd place
St. Mary’s… 3rd place
Nick Barrus and Dalton Planty were selected to the all-star team. St. Mary’s was awarded the Sportsmanship Trophy
September 30, 2014
The Bisons varsity soccer team played in their third match of the season yesterday against the Falk school. Our objective was to put more offensive pressure on our opponents by taking more shots on goal and testing Falks keeper. The boys took the message seriously because in the first 5 minutes of the contest Baylen Oliver took a shot from 20 yards out and blew it past their goalie for our first tally of the season. Unfortunately, when you start taking offensive risks, you leave your defense vulnerable and Falk was able to respond with a few goals of their own to take the lead. The Bisons were the better team in the second half with Dalton Planty and Givon Blackwell combining for nine shots on our opponent compared to only 4 shots from Falk. However, no goals were scored and the game ended in a 4-1 loss. This was our final tune-up game before we ship off to Rochester this weekend for the Northern Regional ESDAA tournament. Please wish our squad good luck.
Overall record: 0-3
Baylen Oliver: 1 goal/ 7 shots
Dalton Planty: 4 shots
Chris Martin: 7 saves
September 23, 2014
The boys varsity team lost against West Seneca Christian yesterday 4-0 in our 2nd match of the season. Although we saw a considerable improvement from our game last week, we still struggled to produce an offensive attack. Chris Martin stood tall in his first varsity career start in goal by making 10 quality saves. Givon Blackwell and Dalton Planty each had potential scoring opportunities but unfortunately could not connect for the goals. The Bisons have a full week to prepare before our next contest on September 30th at the Falk school. Our current record stands at 0-2
September 18, 2014
The Bisons Varsity soccer club looked forward to stepping on the field yesterday in their first true match in over a year against the Oracle charter school. We had some fresh faces (Tyler Mondo-Goodrich, Christian Lawrence, & Givon Blackewell) who were playing at the varsity level for the first time and were anxious to see what it was all about. Although our squad did not finish the contest with a desired result, their enthusiasm to be playing in a game that meant something could not be ignored. All three rookies showed the coaches that they had some of the necessary traits to play at this level and were willing to grow and get better as the season progresses. Our defense played solid but we struggled to mount any offensive attack. The lack of production took its toll on our defense and eventually the game became quite lopsided (13-0). That said, there were some bright spots. Standout performances came from our keeper(Dalton Planty) who made a number of key saves throughout the course of the match and Baylen Oliver who did his best to cover and control the middle of the field. Thanks to our supporters who came out to watch us play on a crisp fall day. Our next match is Tuesday when we travel to West Seneca Christian. Please wish us luck.
Coach Booke & Coach Leroy