KDSS soccer teams on the ball

Perfect week for the Knights

By Josh Howald

It was a good week for the Kincardine District Secondary School soccer program.

The Kincardine District Secondary School girls soccer team celebrates a goal against John Diefenbaker Secondary School of Hanover last week at the Davidson Centre. Yesterday, the girls posted a 2-1 win over Walkerton Central School, while the boys played the Riverhawks to a 4-4 draw. Both teams are in action tomorrow (Thursday) in Walkerton against Sacred Heart. (Josh Howald photo)

It was nothing but wins for the Knights, who went a perfect 4-0 in Bluewater Athletic Association regular season soccer action last week. Two wins each for the boys and girls squad leaves KDSS in good position as playoffs quickly approach in this shortened season.

Getting on a roll is crucial when the regular season consists of just five games. The KDSS boys have certainly done that, starting the season on a three game winning streak and outscoring the opposition 15-1. The Knights have sole possession of first place overall in the BAA South Division.

Five goals is usually enough to win a soccer game, and the Knights have been taking that approach. After opening the season with a 5-0 win, KDSS posted a 5-1 win last Tuesday over John Diefenbaker Secondary School. Thursday, they scored five more times in a shutout victory over the Saugeen District Secondary School Royals.

Tuesday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine, Derrick Andrew paced the attack with three goals for KDSS. Gerrit Satosek had the other two Kincardine goals, while Adam Holley replied for Hanover’s JDSS Trojans. Holley’s goal came from the penalty spot, and was the first time this season any shooter has sent a ball to the back of the Kincardine net.

Thursday, Kincardine was in Port Elgin to take on the SDSS Royals. Andrew opened the scoring in the game’s first minute, and Satosek stretched the lead to two goals midway through the first half. Andrew Benny put this one away with a goal six minutes into the second half, and Jesse Lynch made it 4-0 a short while later before Benny completed the scoring with his second goal of the afternoon in the final minute of play.

The Knights are the only team remaining, including the BAA North Division, with an undefeated record. Divisional rivals Walkerton Central and Sacred Heart played to a 0-0 draw last week.

The KDSS girls, too, have found their scoring touch. After being shut out by Chesley in the season opener, the Knights broke loose to score four times in a win last Tuesday against JDSS. KDSS posted a pair of wins, albeit over opponents with a combined total of zero victories.

Kincardine got goals from the feet of four different players in Tuesday’s game, an entertaining affair on a lovely day in Kincardine. Bre Goulding, Maddie McFadden, Cassandra Howse and Christine Benney each scored in a back-and-forth 4-2 win over JDSS. The Trojans got goals from Marnie Snoek and Julia Wiermier.

Two days later, strong goalkeeping and a great looking second half goal gave the Knights a 1-0 win on the road over the Royals. Kincardine’s only goal came when Jessica Satosek sent a lovely cross into the 18-yard-box, which Maddie Duncan hammered off the crossbar and down over the goal line. It was all the Knights needed on this afternoon, with Cassidy Colhoun stopping all shots for the clean sheet.

The win moved the girls to within one point of first place overall in the BAA South. Chesley and Walkerton Central High School are both sporting 2-0-1 records with seven points, while the Knights have six points and a record of 2-1. Walkerton Central beat the cross-town Sacred Heart High School Crusaders 2-0 in other girls action last week.

Kincardine will face both those Walkerton schools this week. The WCHS Riverhawks were in Kincardine yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), while KDSS will be in Walkerton tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon to face the Crusaders (1-0-1). The SHHS boys are nipping at Kincardine’s heels in the boys standings, one point back at 2-0-1.

And just like that – the regular season will be over. Due to the late start, a short season has become even shorter, with the first round of the BAA playoffs beginning next week. Quarter-final games will begin one week from today.

In BAA North Division action last week, the league leading OSCVI girls shut out the winless Grey Highlands Secondary School Lions 2-0, while the West Hill girls squad edged out St. Mary’s 1-0 in an all-Owen Sound match-up. In boys action, the WHSS Raiders beat the SMHS Mustangs 2-0.

In BAA girls rugby action, SDSS was crushed 40-0 by GHSS and 51-0 by West Hill. St. Mary’s dumped Sacred Heart 36-5 and the Riverhawks 32-10. In junior boys play, GHSS beat SDSDS 29-12 and the Royals shut out West Hill 43-0. In senior boys rugby, the Lions beat SDSS 27-12; West Hill squeaked past the Riverhawks 12-10 and shut out Georgian Bay 15-0. Finally, St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart played a scoreless draw.