Athletics Review: No Cliché Too Small

With the long weekend it was a light week for sports at SMUS, but we realize this is no time to get lackadaisical. We’re scoring more than the other team, taking it one game at a time, keeping our focus, putting in a total team effort, answering the call and — there’s no question about it — bringing our A-game so we can silence the critics.

Two Minutes With… Orla
by Lizette Grayling

From field hockey to soccer, basketball, student council and many other extra-curriculars, Orla discusses what sports mean in her life in this edition of “Two Minutes With…”.

Field Hockey
by David Kerr

The Senior Field Hockey team played in the BC provincials and earned an excellent 4th place finish. In pool play, the girls recorded a 5-0 win over GW Graham (two goals each from Emma Donald and Jenna Dhillon and a first ever goal for Emma Loughton); a scoreless tie against LFA; and a tight 2-1 loss to South Okanagan Secondary School.

SMUS then reached the semi-final in the crossover game with a dramatic 3-2 shoot out victory over Crofton House after Emma Donald tied the game with only 10 seconds to go! In the shoot out Arden Mollenhauer and Charlotte Queen scored and Shinai Sorensen made four superb saves.

The girls then lost to the eventual winners of the championship, Collingwood, in the semi-final: 2-1, but managed to score the only goal that Collingwood conceded in the whole tournament — a great deflection from Ethel Kiggundu. It was a moral victory for the girls as Collingwood received no less than five green cards and one yellow card, and were clearly rattled! Kasey Boyle also almost tied the game in the last minute.

Perhaps all the emotions and energy took it out of the girls, as they then lost 2-0 in the bronze medal game to South Okanagan, in a game which they dominated, but could not find the net in spite of a hitting a post.

So a 4th place finish was the team’s goal and, considering this was the first time back to provincials for many years, the girls are all very excited with the performances and an excellent season. The field hockey program is now firmly on the map at SMUS.

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