Athletics Wrap-Up

Though the Senior and Junior boys soccer successes of the past week have drawn the lion’s share of attention, many other SMUS teams have also been in action. Here are some of the results.

Grade 8 and 9 Rugby
October 3 saw both the Grade 8 and Grade 9 rugby teams in action against Shawnigan. After days of torrential rain, the sun finally shone through, with the Grade 8 players again looking very good with ball in hand through skillful passing, running and support play. Ball retention in the rucks also showed great improvement. In a back and forth contest, SMUS led 19-12 late on. However, the size and speed of several of the Shawnigan players then resulted in two scores. Nonetheless, the SMUS team continues to improve in all areas of play, with tackling to be a focus at the next practices. On the day, players who stood out included prop/hooker Rhys Williams, lock Kieran Phillips, lock/centre Tony Liu, No. 8 Tucker Forbes, and centre Aidan Kerr.

At the Grade 9 level, in a match played at Shawnigan, SMUS overcame a ragged start to hit stride after halftime en route to a 52-26 win. Edward Zhu made a strong debut, while winger Roy Oh also made his presence felt. Sam Kahn and Jasper Bosley controlled play in midfield, while Quinn Ngawati ran powerfully in registering four tries.

Field Hockey (developmental)
The SMUS developmental field hockey team enjoyed two matches this week. In the first, rookie goalkeeper Puroshini Pather and defender Rachael Benjamin both turned in strong performances in the 0-0 draw. The squad then had more offensive chances in a game against Brentwood. Tegan Wilson, assisted by Kenny Shokoya, swept in her first goal of the season, before a well-placed shot by Samantha Biberdorf secured the 2-1 win.

Senior Boys Soccer (developmental)
On the soccer front, the Senior boys developmental soccer squad lost 5-1 to Parkland in Tier 2 league action. In a physical encounter, SMUS, through Matt Shin, quickly matched the visitors opening goal, only to see the Panthers’ more clinical finishing carry the day.

SMUS enjoyed a decent amount of possession, with midfielders David Boroto, Jason Wang and Jeremy Chan working hard to move the ball through midfield. However, an overall lack of precision left strikers Saeed Shokoya and Matt Leung somewhat isolated. Down 3-1 midway through the second half, SMUS pressed home its attacks, but left itself open to counterattacks which Parkland capitalized upon.

Two days later at Mt. Douglas, SMUS showed a lot more discipline and tactical awareness. Goalkeeper Harrison Giles made some fine saves and generally the defense was successful at closing down the opposition. Shokoya’s speed tested the Rams back four on several occasions, but in the end, a very even match ended up 0-0.

Cross Country
The cross-country team finally hit stride, with the early weeks hampered by both rainy weather and a late race change venue which resulted in many runners missing a vital turn.

However, in the October 3 race at Beaver Lake, Ben Parker (8th place) and Acacia Welsford (4th place) recorded top 10 individual finishes in their respective categories. The 20 SMUS runners combined for a team silver medal in the girls race and 4th place in the boys competition.

The next race is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Beacon Hill Park.

Up Ahead
The first October weekend will be a busy one, with both the Junior and Senior girls volleyball teams in local tournament action, while the aforementioned Senior girls field hockey team competes in Ontario.


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