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Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018
Big saves by Berthelette lead to a scoreless draw
by Randy Pascal

Lockerby Composite junior soccer keeper Nolan Berthelette suggested his first call-up to the senior team, in the season opener no less, was nerve-wracking. It sure didn't show.

With Berthelette coming up with a handful of key saves, including turning aside the game's only awarded penalty kick, the Lockerby Vikings were able to play to a 0-0 draw with the St Benedict Bears.

"It was a first for me, playing with the senior guys," said the 15 year-old grade 10 student. "I think I held it together. I think I did a pretty good job for the team." The highlight was undoubtedly a diving stop to his right on the penalty kick off the foot of Gianfranco Carniel, though Berthelette acknowledged holding a slight advantage on that match-up.

"It would have been different if it would have been anyone else, but I practice sometimes with Gianfranco - he's my cousin," explained Berthelette. "When he kicked it, I kind of had a sense where he was going. It turned out positive."

A familiar face in local hockey rinks in the winter, with experience at both the "AA" and "AAA" level, the competitive soccer talent suggested no strong preference in his sporting pursuits.

"I kind of approach it as soccer in summer, hockey in winter," he said. "I put all of my dedication in both sports, when I'm playing at whatever time of year it is." The remaining Senior Premier Boys game on Tuesday would see the St Charles College Cardinals blank the Lively Hawks 4-0, with Kameron McCue posting the shutout.

Aidan Martel, Callum Roque, Jacob Kruk and Aristide Uwiduhaye accounted for the Cardinals offense, as the team looks to three-peat as city champions.

Confederation Chargers' Open Premier Girls head coach Brad Smith fully expects his team to remain in contention this year, and they did not disapoint in game one, doubling the Lockerby Vikings 4-2 on Tuesday.

Multi-sport talent Madison Laberge scored twice to lead the way, with solo markers coming from Courtney Ferguson and Morgan Greenslade. Bianca Toppazzini converted on a pretty feed from Veronica Dynes for one of the Vikings' strikes, with Jordan Heffern accounting for the other.

The Chargers overcame some lack of familiarity on the pitch en route to victory, though the situation improved over the course of the outing. "The coaches wanted us to just work as a team and get to know each other," said Ferguson.

"It's just really hard when you don't know everybody's names. We had to talk to each other, because that's one of the most important things in a soccer game." Despite beginning the encounter with a strong southern wind directly in their face, the Confederation girls seemed undaunted, jumping out to a 3-0 lead by the end of the half.

"When you got the ball up in the air, it was a lot harder to work with," admitted Ferguson. "We tried to keep the ball on the ground and work at a fast pace." The Marymount Regals looked impressive in their 2018 ice-breaker, receiving two goal performances from Allie Weiler and Jordin Rancourt in thumping the Macdonald-Cartier Panthères 6-0.

Mackenzie Watkins and Kaitlyn Chevrier rounded out the scoring and Tyanna Soucy maintained the clean slate in net for the Regals.

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