Sunday, September 21, 2014

Muskie soccer squads ousted

The Muskie girls’ soccer team put a difficult day yesterday behind them by nabbing a win this morning at the OFSAA ‘AA’ championships in Collingwood.
Maggie Jean scored the only goal of the game 20 minutes into the first half, and Liz Allan and Amy Penner combined for the shutout, as Fort High (1-2) blanked the Southwood Secondary School Sabres (Cambridge) 1-0.

“This is an awesome feeling . . . the girls are so excited,” enthused Muskie head coach Alyssa Holliday.
“The girls played extremely well on defence,” she noted.
“We really played our game today and we were making much better passes than we did all of yesterday.”
Maryam Seid’s cross into the 18-yard box of the Sabres (0-3) was deflected by Jessica Baxter over to Jean standing on the doorstep.
And the Grade 10 striker made no mistake in firing home the Muskies’ first goal of the tournament.
The victory was especially sweet after a rough pair of outings yesterday, which saw the Muskies fall 6-0 to the second-ranked Belle River District High School Nobles and then 4-0 to the eighth-seeded Archbishop Denis O’Connor Chargers (Ajax).
The losses eliminated the black-and-gold from playoff contention.
The Chargers led 3-0 at halftime after playing the first half with the wind at their backs and Fort High never could recover from the deficit.
“The second half, the girls played well defending our net,” noted Holliday, whose team caught a bad break when Hailey Beaudry accidentally redirected a Chargers’ corner kick past Penner for one of the Ajax markers.
The Muskie girls were looking to finish the tournament with a .500 record by getting a win over the unseeded Holy Trinity Catholic High School Titans (Simcoe) in their final game this afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Muskie boys (0-3) appeared ready to join their female counterparts in the win column against the unseeded Jean Vanier Catholic High School Cougars (3-0) this morning.
But the black-and-gold couldn’t hold a 1-0 second-half lead and eventually fell 2-1.
Ian Jodoin scored with 10 minutes left in the first half to give Fort High its first goal of the tourney.
But the Cougars tied it 10 minutes into the second half, then forged ahead five minutes after that and held on from there.
“We pushed hard with two free kicks and a corner kick in the last few minutes but could not equalize,” lamented Muskie head coach Shane Beckett.
Fort High dropped a heart-breaking 1-0 decision to the top-ranked Ecole secondaire catholique l’Essor Aigles (Tecumseh) to open the tournament yesterday.
Then they were blanked 4-0 by the unseeded Holy Trinity Catholic High School Titans (Courtice) in their second game of the day.
The Titans scored twice in each half against Muskie keeper Ben Whitburn as Fort High was ousted from any shot at the playoffs with the loss.
The Muskies wrapped up play against the seventh-ranked St. Joseph’s Rams (St. Thomas) late this morning (the outcome was unknown as of press time).

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