Junior Boys Soccer
In the third week of league play the boys had two difficult matches away from home. In their first game against Spectrum, the boys made things difficult for themselves by conceding a couple of early goals. Slowly, however, their attacking play started producing some results and, before the half, the boys had grabbed one goal back with a beautiful strike from Jorge Canedo. In the second half, the team came on strong and managed to bring the score level to three goals each, with goals came from Juan Pedro Gandoulf and Georgious Ikanomou. Unfortunately, in the dying minutes of the game, Spectrum managed to grab a late winner to steal all three points away.
In their second game, the team travelled to Lochside Park to play Claremont. With six starting players either sick or injured, the boys travelled with a weakened squad to take on a strong Claremont side. The game was, at first, a lop-sided affair, with the hosts attacking in waves. But the team defended heroically. The backline of Derek Hyde-Lay, Peter Harrison, Sam Reid, and Fynn Kehl was especially effective at holding Claremont at bay. By the end of the first half SMUS was down 2-0, but by no means out of the contest. In the second half, Juan Pedro Gandoulf caught the Claremont defence half-asleep, and with the help of Jorge Canedo managed to put one past the keeper. SMUS were unlucky, however, to concede a penalty midway through the second half and were not able to claw their way back into the game.
This coming week the boys will be training as usual and their next match will be at home to Stellys on Monday, October 19.
Senior Girls Volleyball
The Senior girls volleyball team had league play against GNS and Vic High this week. The night began with a game against GNS and due to GNS’ powerful attackers and experienced play, SMUS struggled to defend their court and lost both games in two straight sets. During the second match we played against Vic High. Fortunately, the girls’ serving was much more consistent and powerful, so we easily beat them in two straight. Great job Tanya in your great serving and setting!
Last week saw some tough competition for the SMUS teams, but to their credit, there was some very determined and, at times, brilliant play, even if the results were not that favourable to SMUS.
On Monday, we hosted AAA powerhouse Mount Douglas up at the UVic water turf, who included in their line up, national team player, Paige Norris. SMUS team #1 lost 1-0 on an unfortunate goal from a penalty corner which escaped goalkeeper Selby Knudsen. The game itself was very even and featured very solid checking, particularly in the midfield, where Kirsten McLeod had her strongest game of the season and stalwart defender Emma Abrioux read the game very impressively to step up to cut off interceptions. The forward line of Janine Hsu, Paula Weech and Cleo Valentine posed problems for the Mount Douglas defence all game, but were not quite unable to break free and convert their scoring chances.
Two days later, team #1 had a big match up against our across-town rivals, GNS, on another beautiful day in front of a large crowd at UVic, who included the India Men’s National Hockey team (playing Canada later in the week). With Nuraiyah Kassam before the game urging the India team to support SMUS, it was unusual to say the least to enjoy the vocal support from players who are all superstars back in their home country! The match itself was a very open affair, and, at times, featured some superb team build up from SMUS, particularly for the two goals scored by Teryl Noble in the first half – the second of these went the whole length of the field and featured a dazzling run by right winger, Janine Hsu, and was one of the best goals to be scored by SMUS in a long time.
Unfortunately, GNS was able to capitalise on some weak defending and went on to win 4-2. Even though it was one of the most exciting games to have been played this season, it was rather disappointing to be on the wrong end of the scoreline, especially as so many parents and supporters had come out to watch. The India men’s team definitely enjoyed the game, and went on to beat Canada in two games on the weekend, 2-0 and 4-3, in front of a packed crowd on the same turf at UVic.
SMUS team #2 played one game this last week – against Reynolds on Monday. Through a variety of factors, the team were unable to field a full team, so borrowed a few Reynolds players until some of the SMUS 1st team were able to join in after the end of their match against Mt Doug. Goals from Paula Weech and Cleo Valentine help seal a 2-0 win.
This coming week will see a crucial match for the SMUS team #1 against AA City Champions Lambrick Park on Wednesday, followed by a match against a much-improved Francis Kelsey on Friday.