KDSS ousted in semi-finals

WDSS wins BAA title with upset win

The soccer season came to an abrupt end Thursday morning for the Kincardine District Secondary School junior girls soccer team.

Allie Mohr and a WDSS midfielder battle for a loose ball in the BAA semi-final last week. (Josh Howald photo)

The Knights, who finished second in the Bluewater Athletic Association (BAA) standings, hosted the BAA Final Four Tournament, but were trounced 5-1 by Walkerton in the semi-finals.

It was of little consolation to the Knights that later in the day, Walkerton upset the undefeated West Hill Raiders to win the BAA championship. West Hill earned a 4-0 win over Sacred Heart in the other semi-final game. Both teams earn berths in the CWOSSA tournament.

“It is disappointing,” said coach Rob Gleeson of the semi-final loss.  “I thought we had a shot at winning this tournament.”

Things began well enough Thursday morning. Just 12 minutes after the opening kick, KDSS was awarded a penalty. Kayla Fair made no mistake from the spot and gave KDSS an early 1-0 lead.

However, it was all Walkerton from that point. The Raiders built up a 3-1 before the half, and allowed just one quality scoring opportunity in the second half. Sara Gossell broke loose early in the half but had a bullet shot stopped by the WDSS goalkeeper.

“We were outplayed,” said Gleeson following the game. “They had lots of chances and they finished them today. (Goalkeeper) Sam (Bianco) was outstanding, but we let her down.”

Bianco was good. After a questionable call by the referee, a free kick was awarded from the edge of the 18-yard box. It was struck perfectly and Bianco had no chance.  The fifth goal came on a rebound from a diving save she made to her left in order to stop a point-blank shot. Her best stop of the game came with about 15 minutes remaining, when she dove to get just enough of a shot to deflect it inches wide.

With time winding down, Gleeson inserted his Grade 10 players into the game in order to finish their junior soccer careers on the field.

“It was an excellent season,” he said. “This was a great group of girls; they were a very cohesive bunch. They supported each other and they always stayed positive.”

Gleeson said the juniors excelled as a team, but on the field were led by impressive performances from Bianco, Fair, Allie Mohr and Alex Brough.

The Knights dropped just one regular season contest during the regular season, to West Hill.

West Hill finished with an 8-0 record and was heavily favoured to win the BAA tournament.

However, the WDSS Raiders got a pair of goals from striker Lynn Duncan to upset the Owen Sound school 2-1.

 The CWOSSA tournament is in the Kitchener area and begins tomorrow.