7:30 a.m., June 6)
Louis Riel advances
to OFSAA semi-final with dramatic win over Colonel By
By Fred Sherwin
Riel Rebelles have advanced to the semi-finals of the OFSAA 'AAA' soccer
championships at the Hornet's Nest in Blackburn Hamlet after dispatching
the Colonel By Cougars in Friday's quarterfinals.
had revenge on their minds as they drew their arch rivals in the first round
of the playoffs. The Cougars ruined the Rebelles' bid for a perfect season
just a week ago when they upset them 2-1 in the city championship.
were 8-0 heading into the final game having won all six of their regular
season games and both playoff games. A misplayed ball by goalie Kelsie English
on a shot from just inside midfield would prove to be the difference in
the championship game which was played in a steady downpour.
With a week off
before the start of the OFSAA tournament, the Rebelles could have dwelt
on what could have bee,n but instead they focused their attention on winning
a possible provincial championship.
They opened the
tournament with a pair of wins over St. Ignatius Secondary School and Havergal
College on Thursday. They then downed Catholic Central 1-0 in Friday's early
game to assure themselves of a berth in the quarterfinals.
With a playoff
spot already locked up they lost 1-0 to Southwood Secondary School from
Cambridge in their final round robin game, which is they got to play Colonel
The Cougars managed
to squeak into the playoffs on goal differential. Following the round robin
portion of the tournament they were tied with Regiopolis-Notre Dame and
Iona with identical 2-0-2 records. Fortunately, they only gave up two goals
which was two fewer than Regiopolis and three fewer than Iona.
With both teams
having already played two games on Friday, the Rebelles and Cougars took
to the field at 5:15 p.m. in front of dozens of partisan fans to see who
would be advancing to the semis.
dominated the play in the first half and if not for the heroics of Colonel
By's Grade 10 keeper Rachelle Beanlands they could have easily been up by
one or two goals at the half. Instead, it was the Cougars who enjoyed a
lead at the break thanks to a successful penalty shot by Joanna Blodgett.
was easily the Rebelles' most dominant player as she was moved to striker
from her usual position on the wing. The Grade 10 student managed to direct
a half dozen shots toward Beanlands, but try as she might she couldn't beat
her provincial U16 teammate.
The Cougars managed
to hold onto the lead until the final 90 seconds when the Rebelles were
awarded a penalty kick to the left of the Cougars' net. As the set play
unfolded, Chelsea Lanos managed to get her foot on the ball and redirected
it past Beanlands to send the match into extra time.
team could settle things in the two 10-minute extra sessions the game went
into penalty kicks. It took seven rounds before English managed to block
a shot from Ariel Pelletier to give her team the win and erase the memories
of a week ago.
game came down to penalty kicks, it was the game within a game between Beanlands
and Cantave who had to leave the pitch twice because of injuries that made
the contest so interesting. Besides being teammates on the provincial U16
team, the two friends are also provincial level track athletes.
Cantave won a
gold and a silver in the junior girls 100 and 200 metres at last week's
OFSAA East Regional qualifying meet in Brockville, while Beanlands set a
meet record in the Open girls 1500-metre steeplechase. Both girls decided
to help their teams win a medal at the OFSAA soccer tournament rather than
compete at the OFSAA track and field championships which are going on at
the same time in Toronto.
happy I made the decision to come play with this team, Cantave said.
I miss track, but Ive got two more games here.
award for beating the Cougars is an 8 a.m. wake up call and a 9 a.m. game
against Chatham-Kent Secondary School who beat Lockerby Composite from Sudbury
Their one saving
grace is that they be able to sleep in their own beds and have a home-cooked
breakfast before the game.
If they emerge
victorious they'll face the winner of the other semi-final game between
R.S. McLaughlin from Oshawa and Nelson High School from Burlington in the
gold medal game at 1:30 p.m. Should they lose they'll play in the bronze
medal game at 1 p.m.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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