Senior girls manage win over Panthers
By Joel Azzano
EXETER – On Tuesday, May 15, the St. Marys DCVI Senior teams travelled here to South Huron to continue their Huron-Perth soccer seasons.
After a warm-up, and 15 minutes of waiting, the girls game against Central Huron was suspended because the Phoenix thought the games were at their Clinton school.
Central Huron hopped on a bus to South Huron and arrived in time for their scheduled game against the boys.
Salukis got off to a slow start and paid for it. Central Huron placed a through ball on the ground and a DCVI player and a Central Huron player were both running after the ball neck and neck. The ball flew towards the net and went it the top corner. The Central Huron player closest to the ball wasn’t celebrating like you think a goal-scorer would. That was because it was an ‘own goal.’
St. Marys turned up the pressure, but to no avail, and dropped a 1-0 decision to the Phoenix.
Good start pays off
The St. Marys Senior girls finally got to play; this time it was against the home-town South Huron Panthers. Salukis got off to a good start and it paid off.
There was a scramble for the ball at the top of the 18-yard box and the ball fell to Laura Vink who scored. Mere minutes later, South Huron was on the attack, but defender Sarah Black hustled back and won the ball after a bit of a run. Black passed the ball to Livia Passarelli, who chipped it over the top to Emma Bryans who ran onto the ball and scored.
St. Marys (2-3-2) kept the pressure on for the entire game, but they could only get the two goals. Robyn Lewis posted another shutout in net in the 2-0 victory.
In their final game of the day, the Senior boys were up against South Huron as well. They got off to a much better start than the previous game, but unfortunately none of their shots went into the back of the Panthers’ net.
South Huron had a corner in the second half and the kicker put the ball high and to the near post. It rolled off a St. Marys defender and slowly crossed the line. Bad luck for the ‘Lukes again.
A couple minutes later, Panthers were on the attack and the referee blew his whistle for a foul and gave one player on each team a red card for pushing back and forth and yelling at each other.
Salukis amped up the pressure again, but again fell short and lost 1-0. The two losses on the day dropped the boys (2-4-2) in the H-P Senior standings.