Four in a row for soccer Knights

BAA Track and Field Championships today in Kincardine
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By Josh Howald

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys soccer team took a perfect 4-0 record onto the field yesterday in Walkerton.

Coach Watson Morris was impressed with the two victories by his squad last week, but said Tuesday’s game against the rival Sacred Heart High School Crusaders would be the true indicator of how far the Knights could go this season. Regardless of yesterday’s result, however, KDSS will remain in first place as SHHS went into the game with a 1-1-1 record.

Yesterday’s game against the Crusaders concluded a short Bluewater Athletic Association regular season schedule played out over three weeks. Watch The Kincardine Independent and its website, www.independent.on.ca for details on the final BAA standings and the playoff format and schedule. The playoffs could begin as early as tomorrow (Thursday).

Last Tuesday, KDSS was in Hanover to take on John Diefenbaker Secondary School in another rain soaked game of soccer. This one was a low-scoring affair, with JDSS earning the more dangerous scoring chances in the early going. Keeper Kyle Hunter kept the teams even until the 40th minute when Dax Tompkins scored the eventual game-winning goal off a series of beautiful passes. Shaun McCarthy charged and dangled his way the length of the field in the 70th minute to score a stupendous goal that gave KDSS a bit of insurance. Hunter recorded the clean sheet.

Thursday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine, the Knights yet again braved dreadful spring weather for a match against Saugeen District Secondary School from Port Elgin.

Riley Cherrette opened the scoring in the 53rd minute with an intense breakout goal. The SDSS Royals evened the score quickly, but Chris Coady put Kincardine back in front with a bullet shot on a penalty kick. SDSS again pulled even, but in the 70th minute Sam Colquhoun headed home the game-winner off a brilliant corner kick.

The KDSS girls soccer team, meanwhile, had a chance to finish in first place yesterday with a win over SHHS. The Knights were still undefeated, but slipped out of top spot in the BAA North Division standings after a 2-2 draw against Saugeen District on Thursday.

There was no shortage of goals on Tuesday in Hanover for the girls. Georgia Fields scored four times and Ariel Luinstra recorded a hat trick for the Knights in an 8-1 pasting of the JDSS Trojans. Macy Miller scored once to round out the scoring.

On Thursday at the Davidson Centre, Emma Vanhaelemeesch and Riley Funston each scored for the Knights in that 2-2 tie with the Royals. Murray Martin replied with both goals for the Royals. That left Kincardine with a 2-0-1 record heading into yesterday’s match. The Royals were 3-0-1 with no more games to play. A KDSS win yesterday (Tuesday) would move the girls into a tie for top spot with the Royals. Since the teams tied on Thursday, head-to-head would not work as a tiebreaker. With the next determining factor likely to be goals for and against, that 8-1 win over the Trojans last Tuesday may turn out to have been an important one.

For results and playoff details from BAA girls soccer, watch next week’s Kincardine Independent and keep an eye on our website, www.independent.on.ca.  As in boys soccer, the BAA quarter-final games could begin as early as tomorrow (Thursday).

*UPDATE:

The KDSS boys were defeated 1-0 by SHHS yesterday. The Knights will host JDSS of Hanover tomorrow at 3:15 p.m. in a quarter-final match-up.

The girls, meanwhile, fell 3-1 to the Crusaders. The girls will face SHHS again tomorrow in Walkerton at 2 p.m. in a quarter-final contest.

 

TRACK & FIELD

BAA athletes and officials alike will be hoping for a day of nice weather today (Wednesday).

Hundreds of competitors from around the BAA will be in Kincardine today for the BAA Track and Field Championships, hosted by KDSS at the Davidson Centre.

A number of KDSS athletes will be vying for a BAA title and a spot at the CWOSSA Track and Field Championship meet later this month in Kitchener.

Watch next week’s Kincardine Independent for results, details and a full page of colour photos.