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Chaminade edges Molloy, will meet Canisius of Buffalo in CHSAA state final

Chaminade's Jake Serrano looks to control the ball

Chaminade's Jake Serrano looks to control the ball during the CHSAA boys soccer final between St. Anthony's and Chaminade. (Nov. 14, 2012) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Carney Mahon scored off a feed from Frey Hunter midway through the second half Saturday as Chaminade beat Archbishop Molloy, 1-0, in a CHSAA AA state semifinal in boys soccer at St. John's Belson Stadium.

Chaminade will play Canisius of Buffalo in the final at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John's Belson Stadium.

It will the second trip to the state final in the last three years for Chaminade (13-3-5), which won the CHSAA state title in 2010.

"It means a lot to getting back into the state final," said Chaminade coach Mike Gallagher. "We beat a good team with a good reputation."

Brian Westerman made three saves in the win for the Flyers.

The Flyers defeated league rival and nationally ranked St. Anthony's, 4-2, in penalty kicks in the Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA championship game on Wednesday night.

Gallagher said his team got a good look at Canisius, which beat Fordham Prep of the Bronx in the other semifinal, 1-0, on a goal by Austin Zaepfel in the 97th minute.

"We watched them play before our match today," said Gallagher. "They're a good team with a couple of really good players at the top."

It will be a quick turnaround for Gallagher's team, which will have played two games in less then 24 hours.

Playing games so close together isn't anything new for Chaminade or any of Long Island's soccer teams, which have all had to adjust their schedules due to Hurricane Sandy.

Gallagher tried to compensate for the fatigue factor by playing more players than he usually does. Gallagher played 19 players yesterday.

He usually plays 13 to 15 players.

"All throughout the playoff run we played 18 or 19 players," said Gallagher. "We didn't get much practice over the last two weeks and that caused a major fitness issue."

But Gallagher isn't using the lack of practice time or the close proximity of the games as an excuse.

"It is what it is," said Gallagher. "We're hoping that [Sunday] will be positive for us."

St. Anthony's girls one win away from a repeat:Jessica Lukas scored a first-half goal off a cross from Maggie Bill to give the defending CHSAA state champions all they would need in a 2-0 win over Sacred Heart Academy of Buffalo in the CHSAA state semifinals at the Nichols School in Buffalo. Tricia Hanley sealed the win with a goal in the second-half off a feed from Lukas. Kelly DiGregio (four saves) and Danielle Maurice (three saves) combined in the shutout. St. Anthony's advances to play Notre Dame of Staten Island in the state final at noon Sunday at Nichols.

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