By Josh Howald
The season was on life support, but it has been revived.
KDSS' Andrew Benney, left, heads the ball upfield as Geordie Farrell, right, and an OSCVI Falcon keep their eyes on the ball during Friday afternoon's CWOSSA qualifier in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)
The Kincardine District Secondary School boys soccer team got a second chance, and made the most of it.
The Knights were ousted from the Bluewater Athletic Association playoffs in the quarter-finals last Tuesday in Hanover. The Sacred Heart High School Crusaders shut out Kincardine 2-0 in that elimination game. Crusaders keeper Brady Osterndorrf posted the clean sheet in goal, blanking the KDSS strikers.
"Basically Sacred Heart shut us down with a strong defence," said Kincardine's co-captain Andrew Benney. "They capitalized on their opportunities, despite us dominating the possession all game."
However, with West Hill Secondary School beating Georgian Bay Secondary School 3-2 in the BAA final on Thursday, Kincardine received a chance to extend their season and grab a spot at this week's CWOSSA tournament.
The OSCVI Falcons were in town Friday, with the winning school getting a CWOSSA berth. The teams traded penalty shot goals in the first half of this game, played at the soccer pitch on Bruce Ave. in Kincardine. KDSS controlled the play in the first half and had several excellent scoring opportunities, but couldn’t score a go-ahead goal. Still tied after regulation, extra time became necessary. Jesse Lynch was the hero, making a great run and fending off defenders before burying the game winner with seven minute left in extra time. From there, the Knights defence brought things home, eating up the clock.
“It was a pretty satisfying win,” said Benney.
Coach Watson Morris said Geordie Farrell was the player of the match in this game, rising to the occasion.
The CWOSSA soccer tournament is being held in Simcoe, beginning Friday.