Socer teams fall to West Hill


Both Kincardine District Secondary School junior soccer teams were defeated at home Thursday afternoon.

The Knights played host to West Hill Secondary School School of Owen Sound in wet conditions at the Davidson Centre.

Jessilyn Wolfe, left, battles a West Hill midfielder to the ball during the second half of Thursday’s junior soccer game between KDSS and the WHSS Raiders. KDSS lost 1-0. (Josh Howald photo)

In the boys game, KDSS jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but the Raiders fought back to make it 2-1 before the half.

West Hill tied the game just two minutes into the second half. The ball was sent out to the top of the 18-yard box after a goalmouth scramble, and a West Hill striker jumped on the loose ball and fired a hard shot to the top right hand corner of the net.

WHSS’ winning goal was a bit of a fluke, coming with just more than 10 minutes remaining in the game. A long volley from just inside of centre tipped off the goaltender’s hand before dropping into the net, just inside the goal line.

KDSS had several chances to tie the game, but could not even the score.

In the girls game, KDSS and WHSS played a scoreless first half in the water.

The Raiders scored the only goal of the game about 15 minutes into the second half. A series of turnovers from both teams in the KDSS 18-yard box ended with the Raiders popping the ball high up over KDSS’ goaltender Sam Bianco’s head for the game winner.

Bianco played quite well in this contest, preventing the Raiders from taking a larger lead. She made several big saves in the second half to keep the Knights in the game. KDSS wasn’t without its chances, as Jessilyn Wolfe was stopped on a breakaway and the team earned several corner kicks as time wound down.

Tuesday in Walkerton, the lady Knights played WDSS to a 1-1 tie, again in cold, damp conditions. After falling behind 1-0 , French scored five minutes into the second half to tie the game.

In other BAA junior boys soccer action, the SHHS Crusaders shut out the Chesley Cougars 3-0 last week.

The Knights were in action again yesterday in Owen Sound against the OSCVI Falcons, and will return home for a game with Grey Highlands of Flesherton tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon. Both games are at the Davidson Centre.