7:30 a.m., June 1)
Riel successfully defends senior girls soccer championship
By Fred Sherwin
Lanos heads the ball over St. Joseph jaguars keeper Carolyn Wong to tie the game
in the final minute of the NCSSSAA senior girls Tier 1 soccer championship on
Monday. The Louis Riel Rebelles would go on to win the game 3-1 in extra time.
Riel Rebelles are heading back to the OFSAA provincial 'AAA' soccer championships
after successfully defending the senior girls Tier 1 NCSSAA title on Monday with
a 3-1 win over the St. Joseph Jaguars in extra time.
Rebelles were led by Chelsea Lanos who scored the game tying goal with just over
30 seconds left in regulation and then tallied the game winner in the first half
of extra time to give Louis Riel the win.
Rebelles dominated the game from start to finish, but their inability to solve
the Jaguars' back line combined with their lack of finish on the few occasions
they did, put them on the brink of defeat until Lanos' unlikely goal in the waning
seconds of the second half
game tying goal was set up by Rebelles keeper Kelsie English who sent a free kick
down the middle of the field where it took a couple of bounces in front of a hard-charging
Lanos. The diminutive striker managed to get her head on the second bounce and
volley tha ball over Jaguars keeper Carolyn Wong who had come out of her net to
try and challenge Lanos on the play.
ball landed in the middle of the penalty box and then rolled into the net as Wong
desperately tried to get back into position.
was the second time in less than a year that Lanos had rescued her team from the
jaws of defeat. She pulled off a similar feat in the final minute of the OFSAA
quarterfinals last year.
a really good feeling, biut I owe a lot of the credit to our goalie she delivered
a perfect ball," said Lanos.
her part, English said she was just trying to get the ball as far down the field
as possible on the play.
kicked it as hard as I could and hoped to cause an opportunity. I did it out of
desparation," English said..
Lanos is the shortest player on the team, standing just 5'3", but she used
every inch of her frame to head the ball over Wong.
before the play, she had all but given up when the referee raised one finger to
signal there was just one minute left in the game and the Jaguars had control
of the ball in their end.
saw the ref put one finger up and I dropped my head for a moment," said Lanos.
sending the game into extra time, Lanos scored the eventually game winner early
in the extra session on a well-placed shot that snuck inside the far post. She
nearly scored the hat trick in the second half of extra time, but Wong just managed
to get her right hand on the ball and deflected it past the left post. Two minutes
later Jamie Ryan beat Wong to make the final 3-1.
Jaguars played inspired soccer with seven players out of their line-up, including
four of their top players who are in New Jersey attending a showcase tournament.
two points in the game they were down a man, once when a player had to come off
the field to tape her feet and again during the last two minutes of regulation
when a player had to leave the pitch with a leg injury.
Howard scored the Jaguars' lone goal early in the second half on a perfect cross
from Breanna Humpreys.
the Rebelles and the Jaguars were to leave for their respective OFSAA tournaments
on Tuesday. The Rebelles will represent the NCSSAA at the AAA tournament in Windsor
and the Jaguars are heading to the Quad-A tournament in Hamilton.
Rebelles, who already lost their top player from last year in Haisha Cantave due
to her being ruled ineligible as a member of the national under-17 team, will
likely have to play without English, who has a conflict with volleyball, and Asha
Mohhidini who qualified for the OFSAA track and field championships.
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