Knights ousted in CWOSSA final

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By Josh Howald

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys soccer team made the most out of a second chance last week, but had to settle for second best.

Despite being eliminated in the Bluewater Athletic Association semi-finals, the Knights still qualified for the CWOSSA A soccer championship tournament at RIM Park in Waterloo last week.

Kincardine won the opening game of the four-team event, but ran out of steam in the CWOSSA final.

KDSS first met Waterford, and played a brilliant second half according to head coach Watson Morris.

"(The team) maintained their composure and displayed admirable maturity and control in the face of a Waterford team that came unglued both emotionally and defensively," said Morris in an e-mail Friday afternoon.

Riley Cherrett, Kyle Hunter, and Ben Christie were named the players of the match in the 2-0 win that sent Kincardine to the CWOSSA final. It was Christie's first foray with the varsity club after missing the bulk of the season with an injury.

In the CWOSSA final Emmanuel Christian, Morris said his team played a strong first half and earned numerous scoring chances, but just couldn't capitalize. The second half showed a tired Kincardine team which struggled to execute at the level it had demonstrated all season.

Emmanuel Christian prevailed with a 2-0 win to win a CWOSSA title and advance to the OFSAA provincial championship tournament, but Morris said his team played cohesively and rallied around each other throughout.

Players of the match were Will Sharp, Fabio Hernandez-Lopez and Sam Colquhoun.