With the Grade 11 class away on out trips and the public schools finally back in session (but only just getting their own athletic teams in order), it was a relatively quiet week for SMUS on the sporting front.
However, the cross country team continued to prepare diligently for its upcoming season. Some 38 athletes from grades 9-12 will kick off their race season today (Wednesday, October 1) at Lambrick Park. On the boys’ side, both Michael Wong-Harrison and Lucas Simpson have shown much promise through the early training sessions. Veteran Acacia Welsford and rising star Maia Watson should be in contention in their respective girls’ divisions. The squad remains determined to qualify for the Provincial Championships in November.
The developmental field hockey team opened its account with a decisive 4-0 win vs Queen Margaret’s. In a game played on the fast water turf at UVic, two goals by Kenny Shokoya and singles by rookies Tireny Wuraola and Angel Tsui proved to be the difference. SMUS is excited to be part of the Lower Island competition, which will give the players both valuable experience and a chance to hone their skills.
The Junior boys soccer squad, looking to emulate the success of the Senior team a week ago, took part in the ISA tournament at Shawnigan.
In the opening match, the players came out of the blocks quickly, with Ben Wingert scoring a brace in the first half to open up a 2-0 lead. Harry Shaw and Jim Newman then also connected after the break to confirm a 4-0 victory.
Following a torrential downpour, SMUS then won its second pool game 4-1 over St. George’s. Aidan Kerr and then Wingert registered early markers, while goalkeeper Jasper Bosley made some timely saves. Bryn Haydock, Ben Keep and Matt Hagkull combined well to thwart opposition attacks, with Finn Goodyear then securing the points with two sweet second half strikes.
The following morning, the group turned in a very steady effort in defeating Shawnigan 3-0. Harry Shaw and Duc Khuong staked SMUS to a comfortable lead before Edwin Kim completed the scoring from the penalty spot.
SMUS and GNS then met in a winner-take-all final. Though playing their fourth game in 24 hours, the teams threw caution to the wind and created numerous chances at both ends. Finally at the sixteen-minute-mark, Newman buried a powerful shot to stake the Blue Jags to a 1-0 lead.
Somewhat surprisingly, this turned out to be the only goal, even though Max Olberg and Shaw each blasted shots off the woodwork. Jonathan Sudul returned from injury to bring some welcome organization and calm to the midfield, while Donovan Sturdy rescued one very dangerous situation with a fine tackle.
Congratulations to the entire squad on capturing the ISA crown. Hopefully, momentum from the performance will carry over to the start of league play today at St. Andrew’s.