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Varsity Girls Soccer
Win over Pius earns Wildcats homefield advantage throughout the playoffs
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Roshnee 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

The 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 Mitchell.

The 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.

Playing 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Eight 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.

St. 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.

Besides allowing the Wildcats to finish the regular season undefeated, Wednesday's win means they will have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.

The 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.

Wildcats 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.

One of those seniors is Jordan Lundin, who Barbour unabashedly describes as the best high school soccer player he's coached in his career.

"In 25 years, she's the best. She's a great team leader. A great player and just a joy to coach," says Barbour.

The 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.

(Posted: 2:30 a.m., May 22)

 

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