over Pius earns Wildcats homefield advantage throughout
By Fred Sherwin
Mitchell knocks the ball away from a St. Pius
player during Cairine Wilson's 2-0 win over
the X-Men on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Cairine Wilson Wildcats avenged the only blemish in an
otherwise perfect regular season on Wednesday by downing
the St. Pius
X-Men 2-0 on a pair of goals by Senna Koggel and Roshneee
Wildcats had to come back from a 2-0 first half deficit
to tie the X-Men 2-2 in their season opener. Since then
they've managed to reel off five straight wins to finish
at the top of the ladder in the A/AA division.
in their second game in as many days, the Wildcats got
off to a slow start against the X-Men who carried the
play for most of the opening half, but had nothing to
show for it.
best scoring chance in the opening 30 minutes came off
the foot of Dakota Chamberlain who was sent in all alone
against the St. Pius keeper in the 28th minute and tried
unsuccessfully to chip it over her head.
play was actually a foreshadowing of what was to come
in the second half. In a replay of Chamberlain's opportunity,
Koggel was sent in alone on the Pius keeper on a lead
pass from Jordan Lundin and succesfully chipped it over
her head for the opening goal.
minutes later, Koggel took a pass from Sydney Switzer
and fed Mitchell with a perfect ball. Mitchell then waited
for the defender to run by her before drilling a shot
into the back of the net.
Pius had a couple of chances late in the game but failed
to convert them, alllowing Kelly Brazeau to pick up her
fourth shutout of the season.
allowing the Wildcats to finish the regular season undefeated,
Wednesday's win means they will have homefield advantage
throughout the playoffs.
team is hoping to reclaim the title the most recently
held in 2011. They lost on penalty kicks in the semi-finals
in 2012 and were beaten by St. Francis Xavier in last
year's final. Despite the loss they were able to participate
in the OFSAA provincial championships as the host team.
coach Stu Barbour says his team's seniors are using last
year's experience as extra motivation to go to this year's
OFSAA tournament as the NCSSAA champions.
of those seniors is Jordan Lundin, who Barbour unabashedly
describes as the best high school soccer player he's coached
in his career.
25 years, she's the best. She's a great team leader. A
great player and just a joy to coach," says Barbour.
Wildcats will likely face SFX in the semi-finals next
Tuesday, while Pius will play Franco Ouest in the other
semi to set up a possible rubber match in the final.
2:30 a.m., May 22)
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