St Charles and Lo-Ellen set for soccer double-header
by Randy Pascal
There was a bit of drama involved, but for the second straight year, the St Charles College Cardinals will field an entry in both the girls and
boys premier soccer finals. While the young ladies took care of business with a workmanlike 2-0 win over the Lasalle Lancers, the SCC lads needed a
goal late in the second half of the overtime period, edging the St Benedict Bears 2-1 in the process.
It was something of a slow start for the Cards, who secured first place with a flawless 4-0-0 mark but trailed 1-0, at the half, after Michael Reich
broke the ice for the Bears. St Charles pressed effectively through much of the opening twenty to twenty five minutes of the second half, rewarded with a
penalty kick, which was converted by midfielder Jack Jordan.
While both teams had chances to net the game-winning goal before the end of regulation time, it was a somewhat innocuous play that ended up making the
difference. “I saw my player (Pedro Campos) running down the far wing,” explained grade 11 Cardinal Ryan Teddy. “I sent the ball in and my
buddy let the ball run by. He faked to go touch it, but let it go.”
“I guess the goalie wasn't expecting that.”
After looking a little sluggish out of the gate, St Charles enjoyed more of the general territorial advantage through to the final whistle, opting not
to change their mindset, mid-stream. “We stuck to the game plan, but we needed to pick up the intensity, start running on balls a little harder than we were
in the first half,” said Teddy.
The SCC girls will look to defend the SDSSAA banner they collected last spring after receiving goals from Hannah Whyte and Olivia Legendre
and a shutout performance from Katie Pichette, disposing of the Lancers.
The Cardinals will face the Lo-Ellen Park Knights, who kicked off the day-long set of semi-final encounters with a 2-1 (3-2) win, in penalty
kicks, over the Marymount Regals. As though it wasn't enough for the teams to extend the contest beyond the eighty minutes of regulation time action,
as well as two additional ten minute overtime sessions, even the shootout went extra long.
The Knights and Cards each converted on two of their first five penalty kick attempts, before Eden Santi drilled home the game-winning goal, for
Lo-Ellen. The final game of the evening has set-up a Tuesday double-header for LOE and SCC, as coach Paul Hatzis and the Lo-Ellen boys stopped the
defending champion Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes 2-0, earning their place in the final.
The Knights got on the board early when a cross from Max McCue was redirected perfectly by Mubaraq Olanrewaji, the 1-0 lead remaining intact
through until the end of the first half.
After keeper Rowan Mullin-Santone came through with both a penalty kick save and another stop on a breakaway, his teammates finally provided him a
little insurance, as Luca Nardi scored late to seal the win.
While the city finals are set for Tuesday at James Jerome (4:00/6:00), most of these teams will also be in town on Friday for NOSSA action, though a
second venue to complement James Jerome had not yet been secured in Sudbury.