Athletics Review: April 18, 2011

Junior Girls Soccer
The first game of the season for Junior girls was a tough game versus Reynolds Soccer Academy. Reynolds got an early goal that put SMUS down one. The girls fought hard but unfortunately, Reynolds then got their second goal, putting them up 2-0. The squad of 18 had a great second half with a few opportunities from Ali White and Shannon Toogood. Abbey Piazza played a solid game in the middle of the pitch and stepped up to take the penalty shot from a handball in the 18 yard box. The Reynolds keeper made a spectacular save to deflect the shot just wide of the post. Jenna Dhillon played solidly in both outside middle and defence positions. It was a great first game for the squad as it showed the strengths and weaknesses of the team, so that they can move forward in their preparation for the upcoming games.

Unfortunately, this week many key players were away and injured the team was unable to get the results we deserved. On Tuesday, the team took on Spectrum for their first home game of the season. The girls battled all game and both teams had some great opportunities. Yasmin Roudsan played a great game up front and was able to provide some great scoring opportunities. After losing our keeper to a knee injury, Orla Glen took one for the team and got in between the sticks. She made some amazing saves to keep the game tied at 0-0 and earned herself MVP of the game.

Thursday the Junior Girls left everything on the turf. After two early goals from GNS, the girls played hard to prove themselves. They had a second half shutout thanks to the great defence shown by Leanne Farmer and Jenna Dhillon. Sarah Taylor and Ellie Patmore battled hard against GNS’s strong central midfield line. We were very pleased at how the team played without having any subs.

The girls are excited to go into next week with a full squad!

Senior Badminton
The Senior badminton team was very busy last week, as they were involved in one exhibition game and two competitive league games. First, the team took on Oak Bay last Tuesday, and the game was extremely close, due in large part that the team was missing four players out of the starting rotation. Candice Ip, Ethan Lee and Brian Yam were at Mt. Washington with the experiential program, and Helen Ip was on a school UBC visit. However, the team showed character and depth as they pulled off the 6-5 victory. Both Paul Min and Robbie Thomas looked impressive on the boys’ side, while Monica Lee and Bell Udomkitthanakul showed flair in the girls’ doubles.

At Mt. Doug on Wednesday, the team was in tough against a powerful side. The boys doubles proved to be the clincher, as Victor Ma came through admirably and sealed another 6-5 win for SMUS. Grade 8 sensation Auralia Au also caught the eye of the spectators, and played like a true veteran in her match.

Finally, SMUS hosted Seaquam (Fraser Valley) last Thursday in exhibition play. Once again, a shorthanded SMUS side played well against this solid team, but it was not enough – the team lost in a squeaker 6-5. Joe Ekthumrong and Frank Chang showed significant improvement in the boys’ ranks, and young Jessica Jiang won her debut match as well.

The team now heads into this week with a record of 2-1 and is currently sitting in 2nd place in the league. The team hosts Lambrick Park on Tuesday, and that will conclude round one of the league round robin. It certainly will be nice to have our full lineup again this week, and the team will continue to work harder than ever in practice to improve both team chemistry and shot consistency.

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