Saluki Senior boys still winless, but continue to improve says coach
By Pat Payton
The DCVI Senior girls soccer team settled for a Huron-Perth split last Tuesday (May 7) on home turf.
In the morning on the DCVI pitch, Monica Ryan’s squad was full value for a 4-0 victory over the winless Mitchell Blue Devils. Sparking the Salukis’ offence was striker Kayley Thompson with a pair of goals, while the singles were scored by Ursula Wood and Emily Vink. Goalkeeper Emma Bentley recorded the shutout.
The afternoon game at the arena fields against F.E. Madill Mustangs from Wingham was a physical affair between the two sides.
A first-half goal stood up as the game winner as Mustangs claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win. The Wingham team allowed few scoring chances.
“It was an unfortunate goal (off a St. Marys defender),” coach Ryan said. “The Wingham defence was strong and we couldn’t get through.”
The Salukis’ defence and netminder Bentley also played a solid game. Defensive standouts included captain Felicity Vernooy, Alicia Harrison, Rachael Bentley and Katie Brine. Coach Ryan calls Brine her “captain of the defence.” Playing strong games up front for St. Marys included Emma Bryans, Ursula Wood and Ally Muir.
The result left Madill with a 3-2 league record, while the DCVI Senior girls slipped to 2-4 in the conference standings. In six H-P games to date, Salukis have scored just six goals, but have also allowed only eight against.
Coach sees improvement
The DCVI Senior boys (0-6) lost both their home games last Tuesday and are still looking for their first H-P win. Coach Ian Moore said Salukis played a “good game” in a 2-0 loss to Mitchell in the morning at DCVI. In their afternoon match at the arena fields, the Senior boys were edged 2-1 by F.E. Madill, with Connor Aarts scoring the lone St. Marys goal.
“We’ve come a long way, considering we were losing games 5-0, 4-0 and 5-1 earlier this season,” coach Moore noted. The DCVI Senior soccer teams were scheduled to play in Exeter on Monday (May 13) of this week, playing Central Huron Phoenix and the host South Huron Panthers. The Salukis travel to Stratford next Tuesday, May 21 to play St. Mikes Warriors and Goderich Vikings.