Friday, August 29, 2014

OFSAA soccer draws released

Who they will face at the OFSAA ‘AA’ provincial soccer championships this week no longer is a mystery for the NorWOSSA champion Muskies.
How good their opponents are remains to be seen.

The draw for the girls’ and boys’ tournaments in Collingwood and Leamington, respectively, was released over the weekend.
In the 20-team girls’ tournament, Fort High is in Pool ‘B’ for its first OFSAA appearance since 2008.
The Muskies will begin play bright and early Thursday (7:30 a.m. CDT) against the second-ranked Belle River District High School Nobles, which won the Southwestern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association championship.
The Muskies then face the No. 8-seeded Archbishop Denis O’Connor High School Chargers (Ajax) at noon (all times CDT).
On Friday, Fort High has another early wake-up call for an 8:30 a.m. start against the Southwood Secondary School Sabres (Cambridge) before concluding pool play against the Holy Trinity Catholic High School Titans (Simcoe) at 1 p.m.
There are no seedings for the Muskies or the other two teams in their pool as they were picked randomly to be part of the pool after the first eight seeds had been determined.
The top two teams in each of the four pools will advance to the quarter-finals, which begin Friday at 4:15 p.m.
The semi-finals then are set for Saturday at 7:30 a.m., with the bronze-medal match at 11:30 a.m.
The gold-medal match will follow at 1:30 p.m.
The four-time NorWOSSA champion Muskie boys, meanwhile, will get the Mount Everest of challenges right off the bat against the top-seeded team in the tournament, Ecole secondaire l’Essor Aigles (Tecumseh), on Thursday at 11 a.m.
Then they’ll take on the Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School Titans (Courtice) at 2 p.m.
On Friday, the Muskies will square off against the Jean Vanier Catholic High School Jaguars (Richmond Hill) at 8:30 a.m. before wrapping up pool play against No. 7 St. Joseph’s Rams (St. Thomas) at 11:30 a.m.
As in the girls draw, the Muskies, Titans and Jaguars are not seeded because of being randomly selected for their pool following the assignment of the first eight seeds.
The quarter-finals will feature the top two finishers in each pool beginning at 4:15 p.m. on Friday.
The semi-finals then go Saturday at 8 a.m., with the bronze-medal game at noon.
The gold-medal match will follow at 12:30 p.m.

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