Athletics Review: October 11, 2011

Senior Boys Soccer
The boys had a challenging game on Tuesday against a very determined St. Andrew’s team. Joe Erlic scored two minutes in with a header from a corner kick, but St. Andrew’s did not give up and scored once before the half and right at the start of the second to go up 2-1. After a lot of SMUS pressure and some skilled play, Keiler Totz finished off a feed from Rory Brodhurst to level the score at 2-all. SMUS continued to pressure and Junior call-up Michael Baart completed the comeback with a clinical finish to give SMUS the 3-2 win. On Thursday, Mark Kiggundu, Mauricio Montiel and Rory Brodhurst all had hat tricks as SMUS toppled Parklands in a very strong effort.

Field Hockey
The field hockey girls played a lot of matches last week. The A team had two excellent games in the league. Last Monday, they played Reynolds and won handsomely 5-0, including a highlight-reel goal by Grade 9 Kasey Boyle. This was followed up with a tight 2-2 tie against local rivals, Lambrick. Goals by Jenna Dhillon and Arden Mollenhauer, and some attacking play by the whole team almost earned a victory, but a goal from Lambrick made it a tie.

At the Bridgman Cup, SMUS performed very respectably. The girls played their first game against the powerhouse Handsworth, the best team in the province right now. The team competed well, but ultimately lost tight games to Oak Bay and Little Flower Academy from Vancouver. So, the final game for placing was against Lambrick again, who won 1-0. Considering we had up to six Grade 9 players on the field and no Grade 12 players for most of the games, this was a great chance to play against high level opposition and learn plenty, and the team did very well.

The A team are now off to Ontario to compete in an international tournament at St Johns Kilmarnock school in the Waterloo region, from Wednesday through Sunday. We wish the girls well!

Junior Boys Soccer
In the penultimate week of the league season, the boys travelled to Glenlyon Norfolk School. The turf field, a new surface for some of the players, proved ideal for the boys’ passing game. Within five minutes, the team went up by one goal when Michael Baart struck from close range. By the end of the first half, Alex Carrion and Borja Lopez each added one, Max Gaethje managed two and Michael Baart grabbed a second. Being up six goals at the start of the second half, the boys conceded a couple of goals to GNS. Eventually, Michelangelo Cernucan, Simon Gray, Ryan Cui, and Bryce Fenton started to dominate the midfield, which allowed Michael Baart to get forward and score a third to complete a hat trick. The game ended 7-2.

On Wednesday, a slightly depleted squad (four players were missing through injury and illness) hosted Mount Doug. Some changes were made in defence and in midfield: Owen Sudul partnered Graeme Hyde-Lay in the heart of defence, and Michelangelo Cernucan shared the centre midfield duties with Max Gaethje. The changes proved effective, and by the end of the first half, the boys were up 5-0, with Max Gaethje completing another hat trick and Borja Lopez scoring a brace. Again, the boys found themselves beginning a second half with a solid lead. After ten minutes, SMUS went up two more with goals from strikers Alex Carrion and Jose Basave. Unfortunately, soon after scoring these goals, the team conceded two. By the final whistle, however, Owen Sudul, playing in a more advanced midfield position, scored a great goal from inside the box, and Max Gaethje came on late to finish the game off 9-2.

The team will host St. Andrew’s on Wednesday in the final game of regular league play.

Senior Girls Volleyball
The team had a busy week of league play and tournament action. The team showed much improvement with a very strong night of league play at the season home opener on Tuesday finishing the night with five wins and only one loss. The team also participated in the Camosun Chargers High School Tournament this Thanksgiving weekend. The tournament was well attended with many strong local teams as well as a few powerhouse teams from the lower mainland. SMUS finished first in their pool after the first day of play with strong performances throughout the squad, led by veteran players Sophia Ducharme, Ali Pollen and Shayla Baumeler. The team advanced to a very difficult first round playoff match early Saturday morning and ended up on the consolation side of the tournament draw. The team continued to compete in two matches on Saturday and finished the tournament tied for 11th place out of a field of 20. This week, the girls continue with league play as they enter the middle of a very exciting and promising season.

Junior Girls Volleyball
In league play, SMUS lost to Lambrick Park and Mt. Doug in two sets, but defeated the Claremont B team.

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