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Playoff action wraps up Cambrian soccer seasons
2023-10-21

The Cambrian Golden Shield women's soccer team may have been pushing their luck, just a little.

After picking up a win and a tie opposite an Algonquin Wolves crew that have captured the OCAA banner four times in the past nine years, the locals had the unenviable task of drawing the Ottawa entry a third time for quarter-final action this past Wednesday.

Despite earning home field advantage for the # 4 vs # 5 matchup, Cambrian could not extend their undefeated streak against Algonquin to three games, blanked 2-0 in Sudbury as Samantha Jones scored twice (34th and 64th minutes) and Paige King registered the shutout.

All in all, it was a very solid season for the Shield, posting a record of 6-3-1 and continuing to attract some very nice out-of-town talent to complement a core of local girls.

This fall, the new recruits included keeper Jocelyn Way from Schomberg (ON), a former Laurentian Voyageur who opted for a change of direction, academically speaking, during her time up north.

"I knew after Laurentian that I was going to come here (Cambrian) for paramedics," said the 22 year-old graduate of the Physical Education program in French at L.U. "This is one of the better paramedic programs in the province."

"Evan (Cambrian coach Evan Phillips) had heard through the grapevine I was coming to Cambrian," added Way. "He reached out - and he's a very convincing man. But it made sense. I was coming for school, I still had eligibility and the girls are great."

While Way acknowledged some definite differences between the OUA and OCAA (much larger gap in talent from top to bottom in OCAA - generally speaking), the manner in which she moves around her goal area does not differ greatly.

"I would say it's actually pretty similar," she stated. "There was an adjustment, but more so becayse this is a new team for me."

Her season was an eventful one, to say the least, taking on the challenge of playing a little centerback as the injury bug forced Phillips to move his pieces around a little more than expected.

"I told him I'll do whatever the team needs me to do; I'll go wherever you need me to go; but I have never played centerback before in my life," Way said with a smile. "My first game was nerve-wracking as hell."

Meanwhile, the Cambrian men came through with an encouraging 3-1 win in their qualifying game against the St Lawrence Surge, mid-week, but proved no match for the powerful Humber Hawks on Saturday, beaten 8-2 on the road.

In an ultra exciting mid-week affair in Kingston, coach Jason Garforth and company would see Brett Holmberg open the scoring for St Lawrence in the opening half, with Musa Joof pulling the visitors even in the 36th minute.

The score remained 1-1 until Josh Vivero netted the game-winner with but three minutes showing on the clock, with Luca Geada adding an insurance marker as time expired.

Greater Sudbury Soccer Club