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A slate of high-school soccer finals set for Tuesday
2022-05-22
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The SDSSAA Premier Division finalists have been set with both teams which navigated regular season play undefeated making their way through in the search for a banner.

As for the Junior Boys final, well, that was a little more predictable, even as early as mid-April.

In girls play, the Horizon Aigles overcame the absence of league leading scorer Kiara Levac (out with a fever), receiving goals from Brooke Dugas and Danika Lalonde in slipping past the Lo-Ellen Park Knights 2-1.

Yet that drama paled by comparison to the second semi-final as the Confederation Chargers and Coll├Ęge Notre-Dame Alouettes went to penalty kicks before CND pulled out the victory with a 2-1 (3-2) scoreline.

The Chargers opened the scoring with a heavy wind at their backs in the first half, with Abbey Walker scoring off a scramble before Emma Coutu turned and fired quickly in the second half, perhaps surprising Confederation keeper Kylee Hitchen with the equalizer.

A pair of 10-minute extra sessions would see no scoring, giving way to the soccer version of a shootout.

Arijana Tuttle, Natalia Begic and Emma Coutu all scored for the Alouettes, with Kylee Hitchen and Chelsea Leduc finding the back of the net for the Chargers, leaving Notre-Dame goaltender Mia Binks to turn away one final shot from Brooke Campeau for the win.

"That was a really good save," said Tuttle, the team captain still quite excited moments after the end of the contest. "It was a really good swhot and Mia saved it."

As for a strategy heading into the PK session, the multi-sport senior noted that they did have a particular shot in mind - even if it did not appear obvious on every single strike from the shooters.

"We thought that their keeper was not as strong on the ground so we tried to focus hard to the corners, hard to to the corners, and that's what happened," said Tuttle.

Like so many of the games contested at the James Jerome Sports Complex this spring, this encounter featured regular gusts of wind, though Tuttle suggested in kind of waned in and out of their minds.

"I feel like we were a little nervous with the wind at first, but then we saw no wind and I think we played even harder," she suggested. "We were down after the first half so we had to show that we wanted it more in the second half."

The Senior Boys Premier final will feature the St Charles College Cardinals and Lo-Ellen Park Knights, closing out a day of title games with their head to head battle Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at James Jerome.

The Cardinals received a first half goal from Kamal Oduwole and another in the second forty from Roy Salarin, backing up the clean slate posted by keeper Alex Chartier as SCC blanked a valient St Benedict Bears side by a final score of 2-0.

Meanwhile, Maliq Olanrewaju handled all of the scoring for the Knights, enjoying a four goal performance as Lo-Ellen doubled Confederation 4-2. Landon Doyle and Quentin Harris scored for the Chargers.

Finally, given that St Charles and Lo-Ellen fielded the only entries in the Junior Boys soccer ranks, it was a given that we would have at least one Knights - Cardinals final.

Lo-Ellen may hold a slight upper hand entering the match-up, having beaten SCC in two of their three meetings to date (2-1 and 2-0), though the 5-4 win for the Cardinals did come on May 17th, the last time that these teams went toe to toe this month.

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