Friday, July 31, 2015

Muskie girls fall in opener

The Muskie girls’ soccer team knew it was walking into a lions’ den.
Alas, somebody apparently tipped off the lions ahead of time.

The second-ranked Belle River District High School Nobles scored all their goals in the first half in a 6-0 blitzing of Fort High this morning in their first game at the OFSAA ‘AA’ soccer championships in Collingwood.
The Nobles wasted no time taking advantage of a Muskie team suffering from an extreme case of the jitters going into the squad’s first appearance at the all-Ontarios since 2008.
“In the first half, we were flat-footed and nervous,” admitted Muskie head coach Alyssa Holliday.
“Second half, we talked and regrouped, and went out strong and controlled the game,” she added.
“We had possession 90 percent of the time in the second half and had some good shots, but their goalie saved them all.”
Amy Penner, who blanked the Dryden Eagles in the NorWOSSA final last week in Kenora, surrendered all six goals before shutting out the Nobles in the second half.
The Muskies the squared off with the eighth-ranked Archbishop Denis O’Connor High School Chargers (Ajax) at noon (all times CDT), with the outcome not known as of press time.
The girls then will wrap up preliminary-round play tomorrow against the Southwood Secondary School Sabres (Cambridge) at 8:30 a.m. and the Holy Trinity Catholic High School Titans (Simcoe) at 1 p.m.
The top two teams from each pool advance to the quarter-finals later tomorrow.
As for the Muskie boys’ soccer team, the four-time defending NorWOSSA champs began play at the OFSAA ‘AA’ championships in Leamington late this morning against the top-ranked Ecole secondaire catholique l’Essor Aigles (Tecumseh).
That outcome also was unknown as of press time.
The black-and-gold then took on the Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School Titans (Courtice) at 2 p.m.
They will face the Jean Vanier Catholic High School Jaguars (Richmond Hill) at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow before wrapping up pool play at 11:30 a.m. against the St. Joseph’s Rams (St. Thomas).
The top two teams from each pool advance to the quarter-finals later tomorrow.

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