Athletics Review: October 7, 2007

Senior Boys A Soccer
Playing two back-to-back matches on their home pitch, the Senior Boys A team performed with confidence in defence and on the attack. The boys enjoyed a comfortable 4-2 win over Belmont earlier in the week, with Oscar Duran impressing all with a nifty hat trick of goals.

In their second game, the boys came close to another victory but were caught in a draw with Oak Bay. The Senior Boys conceded a late penalty in the dying minutes of the game. Benson Ling, who made some miraculous stops and played strong all afternoon, almost prevented the penalty shot. A comprehensive victory and a hard- fought draw capped off a positive week for the Senior Boys A Team.

Senior Boys B Soccer
The Senior Boys B Soccer squad played against Parklands on their home turf. The team displayed both effort and co-ordination on the field in their best effort so far this season. For much of the game, the action was end-to-end, but a very skilled Parklands striker scored a series of goals.

At the end of game, the team was dominating the play and were rewarded by three beautifully-fashioned goals – Taylor McMillan’s long lob over the keeper’s head, a devastating header by Andrew Crow, and a bullet from Yoo Shin Choi.

This week, the team goes up against St. Andrew’s.

Senior Girls Volleyball
The Senior Girls Volleyball team beat St. Andrews, St. Margaret’s and Esquimalt. The girls worked on a variety of plays and serving consistency during play. Samm Dark and Katrina Macintosh performed especially well.

The team’s next matches are Tuesday, Oct. 9 against St. Margaret’s, Reynolds, and PCS.

Junior A Volleyball
The Junior A Volleyball team started league play this week against Belmont and Claremont. Despite a particularly strong performance in their first game against Belmont, SMUS girls lost 20-25. The team was aided by consistent passing from Stephanie Yang and Brenna Nixon, as well as strong work in the front court from Tanya Rossa and Mary Lapp.

Junior B Volleyball
The Junior Girls Volleyball B team is off to a great start. The team had an exhibition game at St. Margaret’s School on Monday. The team played three games of two sets. The team won one and lost one set against both St. Margaret’s and Oak Bay, but won both against St. Andrew’s. Rebecca Mulroney and Angel Huang served especially well.

The first regular season game is this Wednesday, Oct. 10 at St. Margaret’s starting at 3:45.

Field Hockey: Reds
Last Monday, the team won 2-0 against St. Margaret’s. It was a solid game against an undermanned but experienced SMS team. The Red team created multiple chances with creative plays and maintained a determined defence. Both goals were netted by Henriette Commichau.

On Wednesday, the team was in tough against Oak Bay, but came up with their best performance of the season, burying the Oak Bay team 4-1. In spite of going behind early, the Reds took the game to Oak Bay and in the second half, began converting the numerous chances that were created. The penetrating runs down the right hand side by Ceilidh MacLeod and Kathryn Wizinsky, helped put Oak Bay on the back foot throughout. A very solid defensive display by the Reds, led by sweeper Emma Abrioux, snuffed out any chance of counter-attacks.

The girls will play in the Bridgman Cup Tournament on Oct. 12-14.

Field Hockey: Blues
The Blue team made significant strides in skill, though they came up short against an experienced GNS team. Coaches Steve Bates and Graham Lilly were impressed by the improvements shown by all the players.

The Blue team plays GNS again this Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Senior Cross-Country
Last Thursday, the Senior Cross-Country Team had 17 members racing at Beacon Hill. Tyler Olsen made the top five in the Grade 9 division, while the Grade 10 Boys’ Team of Mark Wizinsky, Leo Marchand, Alex Zapantis, and Josh Edgar captured 2nd place. In the senior division, Heather Buckingham and Christine Schweitzer were tops for the girls, while Mike van der Westhuizen, Riley Gudgeon and Tony Chuang were the boy’s top finishers.

The next meet is on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at Cedar Hill.

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