By Josh Howald
Nobody said it would be easy.
Kincardine striker Jason MacKinnon loses his balance after firing a shot on goal in last Thursday's playoff game against the JDSS Trojans. The Knights won that game, but were eliminated yesterday in Owen Sound. (Josh Howald photo)
The Kincardine District Secondary School boys soccer team was on a roll, but things came to a grinding halt yesterday in Owen Sound.
KDSS was shut out 3-0 by the top seeded OSCVI Falcons. OSCVI scored twice on penalty shots in the Bluewater Athletic Asssociation crossover quarter-final match-up.
That’s the year for Kincardine, while the Falcons fly into tomorrow’s Final Four tournament in Walkerton. OSCVI will be joined by the host Sacred Heart Crusaders, the West Hill Secondary School Raiders and the Walkerton District Secondary School Raiders. Walkerton buried St. Mary’s High School of Owen Sound yesterday 4-1 to qualify, while West Hill edged out the Saugeen District Secondary School Royals 2-1 to claim the final spot.
KDSS found itself in yesterday’s quarter-final after knocking out John Diefenbaker Secondary School of Hanover Thursday afternoon with a 3-1 win at home.
Andreas Derksen opened the scoring 15 minutes into this game, played at the Davidson Centre following a 4-1 playoff win by KDSS’ female counterparts. Kincardine controlled the play, and some smart soccer in the corner led to a KDSS corner kick. Numerous players were up in the air seeking the cross from the corner, but it was Jesse Lynch who connected and drilled the ball past JDSS keeper Devin Machina.
Machina was excellent in this game – KDSS could have been up by three or four goals when Lynch’s header found the back of the goal. But Kincardine’s two-goal cushion lasted only a matter of seconds. Hanover promptly earned a corner kick of its own, and a JDSS striker headed the ball with force off the ground and it quickly bounced up under the crossbar.
Jamie Waring gave the Knights some breathing room with a second-half goal to make it a 3-1 final.
Also last week, the St. Mary’s Mustangs advanced with a 4-1 win over the Peninsula Shores Phoenix.
KDSS finished third overall in the BAA thanks to a 6-1 beating of Chesley District High School in the final game of the regular season. The Knights finished with a 3-2-1 record.
Gerrit Satosek paced the offence in that contest, scoring three times for a hat trick. Jacob Siekierski, Sam Culmer and Andrew Benney each had a single goal.