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Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018
Regals post second straight 1-0 win, edging the Chargers
by Randy Pascal

The Confederation Chargers might well have outchanced the Marymount Regals Monday afternoon at the James Jerome Sports Complex, but it was Allie Weiler who would convert, lifting the Academy girls to a third straight win.

The game's only goal came in the 19th minute of play as Weiler took full advantage of the wind at her back, sailing a direct kick from thirty yards out up and over the head of Confederation keeper Sydney Riddle as Marymount racked up their second straight 1-0 victory.

Maintaining the shutout was no easy task for Regals' netminder Tyanna Soucy and her back-line. The Chargers pressed with an assortment of weapons. Freshman Kona Haas darted down the right flank in the 29th minute, but drilled her shot far left.

With the wind at their backs in the second half, the pressure mounted. Jamie Lemega rolled a shot just wide in the 45th minute, Aryanna Spry bounced a shot off the football cross-bar midway through the half, and Madison Laberge was a constant threat with the ball, forcing Soucy to make her toughest save with a soccer cross-bar deflection on a direct kick from 27 yards in the 61st minute.

The Regals were able to neutralize the attack, in part, thanks to the interior defensive tandem of Cassidy Burton and Maddie Fortier-McMahon, the duo merging a nice mix of complementary skill sets.

"I'm more aggressive towards the ball, whereas Cass is more patient, waiting for the ball to come," explained Fortier-McMahon, a 16 year old grade 11 student who has joined her school soccer team for the first time this spring.

"I like to jump in front of it, apply pressure for the pass, and Cass is usually behind me to pick it up." The quick transition exhibited by both young ladies proved helpful, showcasing short, accurate passes to start the flow of the play upfield, as opposed to simply relying on a series of clearing attempts to no one in particular.

And while both Burton and Fortier-McMahon enjoyed some competitive soccer training in their past, such is not the case for Soucy, an OFSAA gold medal winning wrestler who has stepped in nicely to fill the void in net.

"She's scary coming out of that net, no one wants to get hit by her," said Fortier-McMahon with a laugh. "She gets her job done. We try and keep her aware of what's going on, always talking to her and keep her informed. We try and drop back and help her as much as we can."

The end result has been a 3-0-0 start that has surprised even the talent involved. "Our team this year is really small, and we weren't sure how we would do, but we ended up being pretty good for not really having much subs," said Fortier-McMahon.

Earlier on Monday, the St Benedict Bears senior boys racked up their first win of the year, trimming the Confederation Chargers 2-0. The Bears were paced by strikes from Giovanni Mastroianni and Michael Reich, and the shutout netminding of Anthony Cimino.

In junior boys action, the Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes and St Charles College Cardinals played to a 3-3 draw, with Ryan Teddy, Praise Kyenge and Graeme Siren handling the scoring for SCC.

Meanwhile, the Alouettes senior boys improved to 2-0-0 with a 4-0 win over the Lively Hawks, preparing for a tougher battle on Tuesday against St Charles.

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