Senior boys move in fourth place alone
By Pat Payton
The DCVI Senior girls soccer team posted their first win of the Huron-Perth League season last Tuesday on home turf.
Five different Salukis scored goals in a convincing 5-0 victory over Mitchell Blue Devils. Becky Knarr (bicycle kick), Alli Struthers, defender Sarah Black, Emma Bryans and Felicity Vernooy (penalty kick) all put the ball in the Mitchell net.
Robyn Lewis picked up the shutout for St. Marys.
In their second game of the day, the DCVI Senior girls (1-3-2) lost 3-0 to the strong F.E. Madill Mustangs (3-1-2) from Wingham.
Salukis played Central Huron Phoenix and South Huron Panthers at Exeter on Tuesday of this week. Next Tuesday, May 22, the Senior girls meet St. Mikes Warriors and Goderich Vikings in Stratford as they complete their H-P regular schedule.
Going into games this week, only two points separated the top four teams in the Senior girls standings.
Senior boys move into fourth
The DCVI Senior boys team has been playing well and steadily improving, under the direction of new coach Cieran Brennan. Salukis (2-1-2) moved into sole possession of fourth place with a win and a tie last Tuesday at DCVI.
In their opening game of the day, a first-half goal by striker Toto Saiyasen stood up as the winner as the Senior boys defeated their Mitchell counterparts 1-0.
“We started working more as a team, each playing a factor,” coach Brennan replied when asked why Salukis were able to pull out the hard-fought win. “Once we get more team bonding and unity, it will help them further.”
Striker Thomas Wrigley, who had a couple of good chances in the second half, had a strong game for St. Marys. Other scoring threats were Saiyasen and Matt Wrigley. Alex Zulu and Sean Slater defended well for Salukis, especially in the second half when the Blue Devils pushed unsuccessfully for the equalizer.
The shutout went to Jayden Aylward.
New formation helps
In their second game of the day, the Senior boys battled the second-place F.E. Madill Mustangs to a 0-0 stalemate. Aylward again got the cleansheet.
Mustangs (4-0-2) finished the game still undefeated in league play.
“Communication and team ethic” are the two things Salukis must improve on going forward, coach Brennan explained. “It’s okay to ask to be subbed off, it’s not okay to put in a sub-par performance. It’s not okay to jog when you’re supposed to run. It’s basically everyone working for each other.”
A new formation (4-3-3) has also helped the DCVI Senior boys in recent games, the coach noted. “It’s given us a lot more balance and a lot more options when we push forward,” he said.
The Senior Salukis also had a doubleheader on Tuesday of this week, when they were scheduled to play Central Huron and South Huron at Exeter. Next Tuesday, May 22, Brennan and his Salukis complete their regular schedule with league games against St. Mikes and Goderich in Stratford.
Going into games this week, Stratford Central Rams topped the Senior boys standings with a 5-0-1 record.