Home openers at DCVI on Tuesday, May 7
By Pat Payton
STRATFORD – It was not an ideal day weather-wise, but it was a good start for the DCVI Senior girls soccer team here last Tuesday, Apr. 23 at the Packham Road complex.
All Huron-Perth games were played on the impressive, artificial-turf Cowan pitch, which was built just a couple of years ago.
Monica Ryan’s squad kicked off their conference schedule with a win and a loss. “Both games were played in windy and rainy conditions,” Ryan reported.
In their afternoon match, second-half goals by Ursula Wood and Kayley Thompson propelled the Sr. Salukis to a 2-0 win over the St. Anne’s Eagles from Clinton.
“The team battled the wind and the fresh legs of the St. Anne’s team in the first half,” coach Ryan said. “The Lukes were patient and worked together to get through tough conditions in the first half. The second half yielded two goals for the Lukes. Lots of pressure was provided by a strong midfield in the second half.
“A special shoutout to Emma Bentley for the shutout against St. Anne’s. Outstanding pressure and ball control in the midfield was provided by Felicity Vernooy and Izzy Reid,” she added.
In their morning game, the Senior girls lost 2-0 to Stratford Central Rams.
“The team started their day against a strong Central team in miserable conditions,” coach Ryan said. “We even saw a bit of hail in the first game.
“The defensive line of Alicia Harrison, Katie Brine and Rachel Bentley worked really hard with goalkeeper Emma Bentley to keep a highly-offensive team to a minimum of shots.”
The DCVI Senior girls were back in league action on Tuesday of this week in Listowel, playing the host Lightning and Stratford Northwestern Huskies. On Tuesday, May 7, Salukis play their first home games, facing Mitchell Blue Devils at 9 a.m. and F.E. Madill Mustangs from Wingham at 2:40 p.m.
Tough start for Senior boys
It was a tough start for the DCVI Senior boys team last Tuesday as they lost both their H-P games at Packham Road.
In their opening game in the morning, Salukis lost 5-0 to the Central Rams after falling behind 4-0 in the first half. “We had a much better second half,” coach Ian Moore reported. Community volunteer Evan Doupe is also helping to coach the Senior boys squad.
In their afternoon match, the Senior boys dropped a 5-1 decision to a skilled team from Clinton St. Anne’s, who recently tied an ‘AAA’ team from Strathroy 2-2 in exhibition play.
After the Eagles took an early 1-0 lead, Salukis’ striker Duncan Massie tied it 1-1 directly from a free kick. However, St. Anne’s took advantage of its chances and built a 4-1 cushion by the end of the first half.
It didn’t get any better for the St. Marys Seniors in the second half as Eagles–with a strong wind advantage–pinned Salukis in their own end of the field for long stretches.
In addition to Massie, other standouts for the Salukis were Evan Bennett, Toto Saiyasen, Sean Slater and goalkeeper Simon Duncan.
The DCVI Senior boys were also back in league action on Tuesday (Apr. 30) of this week in Listowel, playing the host Lightning and the Northwestern Huskies. On Tuesday, May 7, Salukis host Mitchell Blue Devils at 10:25 a.m. and F.E. Madill Mustangs at 4 p.m.