DCVI soccer squads battle elements, opponents in Exeter
Varsity boys team extends winning streak to three games with 4-0 victory Thursday
Hailey McLean of the DCVI Junior Girlsâ€™ soccer team converted a pass from teammate Alex Binning to score one of five DCVI goals against Stratford District Secondary School on Thursday, May 5th. The Jr. Salukis take to the field again on Thursday at St. Mi
By Pat Payton
EXETER - The DCVI soccer teams battled both the elements and their opponents here last Tuesday (May 3) at South Huron, and came home with two victories and a tie in four Huron-Perth Conference games.
The St. Marys varsity boys soccer team posted a pair of victories in less-than-ideal playing conditions.
In their opening match, the Salukis blanked a solid St. Michael Warriors side 1-0.
In the first half, St. Mikes had DCVI pinned in their own end, but thanks to some "incredible" stops by goalkeeper Jack Switzer, the game remained goalless at the half-time break. "Jack was easily our man-of-the-match," coach Richard Farmer said.
In the second half, Warriors continued to attack, but St. Marys slowly crawled back into the game â€“ thanks to strong defensive work from Ryan Hodkinson and Dan Zulu. Salukis' hard work paid off when Julio Fontes beat the St. Mikes keeper to the ball and put it in the back of the net for the game's only goal. It was Fontes' second game-winning goal of the young season.
In the second game, the DCVI boys squad faced off against a very strong South Huron team, who before this day were undefeated. It was a wild affair with strong rain and one extremely muddy soccer field to play on.
The first half was completely dominated by the Salukis. RJ Martin opened the scoring, and was soon followed by Carson Brock, Alton Douglas and Owen Littlejohn, who each added a goal of their own. Littlejohn's goal came on a penalty kick (after Martin was taken down in the box) and would stand up as the game winner.
At half-time, DCVI held a commanding 4-0 advantage. However, South Huron was a different team in the second half, connecting for two early goals to get back in the contest. Getting late in the game, Panthers clicked for a third goal to trim the St. Marys' lead to just one.
"The boys were able to regain their composure and thanks to strong work in the middle of the field from Peyton Lobb and Roger Sebben, DCVI hung on for the 4-3 win," coach Farmer added. "This was a crucial game for the boys as South Huron seems to be our biggest rival for the WOSSAA single 'A' spot."
Two close matches for Sr. girls
The DCVI Senior girls soccer team also fought through the elements while battling a couple of strong league opponents in St. Mikes and South Huron.
In their first game against the Warriors, Monica Ryan's Salukis were down 2-0 in the second half when Audrey Littlejohn made a perfect cross to Emily Shrubsole, who pulled DCVI to within a goal.
"Unfortunately, we could not tie it up, but it was a well-matched game and we'll be ready to play again if we see them in the playoffs," the coaching staff reported.
In their second game, Salukis and South Huron settled for a 0-0 stalemate. DCVI's Matt Luyten had a stellar game in net, stopping a number of shots.
"Our defence turned on the wheels when needed and stayed strong throughout the game. Midfields and forwards had some good ball control and passes as well," the coaches added.
Last Thursday's results
At Clinton Central Huron last Thursday, the DCVI varsity boys team improved its record to 4-1 with a convincing 4-0 victory over the St. Anne's Eagles.
It was Salukis' third straight win, moving them into a two-way tie for third place with South Huron (4-2). St. Marys goal-scorers were Ben Turner, Alton Douglas, Carson Brock and Roger Sebben.
Picking up the shutout was RJ Martin. "RJ had very little to do as we were in St. Anne's end for almost the entire game," coach Farmer reported. "A very dominant performance by the boys."
Strong performances on the wings by Diego Franco-Farmer and Jake Littlejohn as well as Ian Partridge, who had a solid game in the midfield.
Also at Central Huron, the DCVI Senior girls watched their record slip to 2-2-1 when they lost a disappointing match to St. Anne's. Despite showing better control and getting some nice scoring opportunities in the second half, Salukis dropped a 1-0 decision.
"We were missing regular goalie Matt Luyten, defensive rock Ellen Thorup and strong midfielder Becky Walsh," coach Ryan reported. "Eve Grieg stepped up to play net, so we were missing some fire power there as well.
"The team is going to work on using their speed and skills more aggressively in future games in order to get back to a winning record and hopefully make the playoffs," she added.
Junior girls hit the field
The DCVI Junior girls, meanwhile, had their first games of the season at home last Thursday.
In their first match against Listowel, Salukis were slow to get going. The Lightning went ahead in the first half, but St. Marys rallied and came back to tie it on a goal by Alex Binning. Unfortunately, the Lightning took over in the second half and won the game 4-1.
The Junior girls came back strong for their second game against Stratford District, winning by a score of 5-1. Kiara McGregor had two goals, while the singles went to Alex Binning, Marcela Gil and Sydney Grant.
Great goaltending was provided by Alyce Ruthig, with solid performances by Paige Barr and Ella Boersma.
Upcoming: The Jr. Salukis play at St. Mikes on Thursday of this week, starting at 1:15 p.m.