By Joel Azzano
LISTOWEL – On Tuesday, May 1, the DCVI Senior soccer teams travelled here for Huron-Perth League action.
In the first game, Saluki boys squad was up against the host Listowel Lightning. The ‘Lukes were playing strong the whole game, putting the Lightning under a lot of pressure. However, a lucky bounce gave Listowel a goal and a 1-0 win.
St. Marys coach Ciaran Brennan was impressed with the team’s performance despite the loss, confusing it for a tie.
You would think a team just off a 45-minute bus ride would easily handle a team that had already played. Stratford Northwestern was the other team the Salukis played that day. After some good warm-ups and strategy, it looked like it was both teams’ first game of the day.
DCVI played strong again and kept the pressure on for the whole game, and it payed off. Salukis’ forward Liam DeNeve got the ball in the 18-yard box and with a defender on his back took a left-footed shot that hit the near post and crawled over the line and fully into the net.
Following that, there was some controversy, off a goal kick. A Northwestern player was close to the outline, but pressured the ball and gained possession and scored–drowning out the yells of St. Marys players that he was illegally substituted. After argument from both teams about the goal, the referee blew the whistle for half-time.
The strategy for the second half for Salukis, who had the wind at their backs, was to play the ball high and have the wind carry it downfield. This worked well, resulting in a goal for the ‘Lukes.
Tom Wrigley lobbed, with the help of the wind, a ball into the box and Toto Saiyasen got on the other end and beautifully placed the ball into the back of the Huskies’ net.
After some chances for Northwestern and some controversy, the Senior Salukis (1-2-1) posted their first win (2-1) of the H-P season.
The DCVI Senior girls (0-2-2) weren’t quite as fortunate on May 1, dropping a pair of 3-0 decisions to Listowel and Northwestern.