Athletics Review: September 21, 2008

Senior Boys Soccer
The Senior Soccer boys started their 2008 soccer season with a few wins. The week began with a game away to Edward Milne School. In a very physical match, the team held their own, dominating the midfield for long periods of the game. Ben Beaudoin started off the scoring with a great strike. Our passing and shooting were too much for the Sooke team, and the game ended 3-1 in our favour.

The boys finished off their first week with a successful run in the ISA Tournament, hosted this year by SMUS. After the group stage of play the team was undefeated, conceding only one goal in four games. In the final match of the tournament, the team faced a difficult St. George’s side for first place. After going ahead twice through goals from Jamie Yorath, a late penalty was conceded. It was a heart-breaking finish to an excellent tournament, as our opponents went ahead for the first time in the game.

The boys played hard to the final whistle, and they should hold their heads high, as they showed great skill and character, and played some beautiful football to boot. With the display the boys put on this weekend, the season looks to be a very exciting one indeed.

The team will be playing GNS and Esquimalt this coming week.

Senior Boys B Soccer Team
After two weeks of practicing, the Senior Boys “B” squad took to the field on Tuesday of last week for their first game of the season against Shawnigan’s “B” team. Faced with a very physical Shawnigan side, the lads held their own for much of the game. Indeed, it took only five minutes for midfielder and co-captain Scott Dallen scored the team’s first goal – a powerful curving shot from the right corner flag that shocked Shawnigan and buoyed SMUS spirits.

On Thursday, the boys played the GNS “A” team on their home turf, and put in a similarly solid team effort. The defence was particularly solid, bolstered by strong performances from stopper and co-captain Kyle Bridge, outside defender and Brazilian sensation Orlando Jalles, and sweeper Hisham Ismail.

On Friday, the boys jumped straight into the ISA tournament hosted at SMUS, opening with a match against Shawnigan’s “A” side. They put in a strong defensive performance, limiting Shawnigan to only three goals. Scott Dalen nearly scored on a breakaway fed by a brilliant pass from hardworking midfielder Cameron Metcalfe.

Game two saw the lads facing St. John’s. After a close, see-saw contest, the boys came away with their first victory of the season. Assisted ably by Jordan Souc, the team’s Costa Rican secret-weapon in midfield, the boys were able to score three great goals. The first, a rebound from a nicely lofted shot by mid-fielder Ben Stieber, was knocked in at close range by forward Guillermo Rosique. Forward Chad Margolus used his huge presence up-front to notch a second goal, and assisted Scott Dallen’s third goal with a great pass inside the five yard box. Keeper Kieran Sharpe also put in a strong performance, before being injured late in the second half.

Game Three saw a rematch against traditional rivals GNS, and the boys did not disappoint, putting in, perhaps, their best performance of the season. Anchored by a gritty performance from sweeper Hisham Ismail, the lads shut down their opponents’ top player, and held them to one goal until the last minute. In net, keeper Ching Ping Hsieh was spectacular, keeping his focus despite several jarring collisions with GNS players.

In Game Four, the team faced eventual tournament champions St. Georges. In a very defensive game, the lads kept their composure and remained positive in spite of losing by a number of goals.

Their final game of the tournament, against Southridge, was a nail-biter. In end-to-end action, the boys again found their “groove” and played some spectacular soccer. Up front, Chad Margolus and Scott Dallen scored beautiful goals, while Mexican Jesus “The Bulldog” Vidaurri dominated the midfield with his physical play, and defender Alex Preis kept the ball from our zone with many a well-placed header.

It was only in the final minutes that Southridge was able to pull ahead by a single goal, leaving the lads to earn 8th place, which is an entirely admirable result for a “B” team playing in a ten-team tournament full of “A” squads!

Senior Girls Volleyball
The team was playing in the annual Camosun tournament and with only three official practices under their belt and with an incomplete team it was sure to be a challenge! On Friday the team played Lambrick, their last year rivals who they beat in the final to win Cities. The girls held their own but unfortunately SMUS couldn’t keep up with Lambrick’s consistent serving and strong offense and lost the match in two sets.

Next, SMUS played against Timberline (who eventually won the tournament) and although SMUS served well and had some excellent attacks by Kristen Porrelli and Kelsey Harbord the experience of Timberline was too great for the girls and they lost in two. Although they were discouraged they showed up on Saturday morning with high hopes of winning. Unfortunately, the team lost their final round robin game to Belmont putting them in the bottom tier of the tournament. The girls instantly got a chance to redeem themselves as they had to play Belmont in the first round of playoffs.

Fortunately with Brenna Nixon’s excellent defense and serve receive, Marlise Nussbaumer was able to set her attackers and the girls won in three sets! Finally SMUS was to meet Guildford, a Surrey team, for the consolation final. Unfortunately SMUS struggled on serve receive and Guildford beat them in two. Although the girls were discouraged they were reassured by the coaches that they will improve and this tournament is a challenge every year. We are optimistic about our upcoming season as we are working for success in the future.

Field Hockey
We welcomed back the Grade 10 and some Grade 12 players from camp and started off the league campaign against a very strong Lambrick team and lost 3-0. All the goals were scored in the first half when SMUS looked a little disjointed playing together for the first time in the season. It was very encouraging to see the grit and determination in the second half with good quality defending and some promising attacks, where we could have scored a couple of goals.

Notable achievers were Steffi Duvenage in goal, Meredith Witoski in the midfield, Janine Hsu on the right wing, Emma Abrioux as sweeper and our captain, Ceilidh MacLeod, also in the midlfield. Next game is against Oak Bay on Monday afternoon, and then against Peggy Baudon’s Vic High team on Wednesday, when we will be without half the team who will be on the Grade 11 out-trips. Many of our Grade 10 and Grade 9 players will have the opportunity to play and hopefully combat Ms Baudon’s crafty coaching moves.

Senior Cross Country
The Senior Cross-Country team were involved in their opening league meet at Lambrick Park last Thursday. After two weeks of being put through some serious training, the team was ready to strike from the get-go. On the Junior Girls side, both Jocelyn Stedman and Laura Simandl had superb races, while on the Junior Boys side, Cole Turner made his presence known with a well-fought race. At the Senior Level, Lisa Evans debuted very nicely for the girls, and both Leo Marchand and Paul Tut ran very smart races in the boys event.

The next meet is this Wednesday, as the team heads off to Beaver Lake. Races begin at 4:15 pm.

Grade 8 Rugby
Grade 8 rugby began their fall season of play this past Saturday with a visit to St. George’s School in Vancouver for jamboree games against two St. George’s sides plus Shawnigan Lake School. Eighteen of the twenty players were available for the day, with seven players playing in their first ever rugby games. The games were short 20 minute affairs, with plenty of player interchange occurring to ensure that everyone received lots of playing time, many in a variety of positions.

The results on the day were secondary to player development, though a win was recorded against Shawnigan, with close losses to both St. George’s sides. Though teamwork was the focus for the day, players worth mentioning for their promising play included newcomers Adrian Sanchez at flyhalf and Dawit Workie at fullback, along with Liam Hyatt at centre and Sam Reid at scrumhalf. Next Saturday, St. George’s make a return journey to begin the ISA season in earnest with a full 50 minute game.

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