Athletics Week in Review: October 15

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The Senior boys soccer team continued to display impressive form, registering two more comfortable wins to remain on top of the Tier 1 Victoria league.

Belmont, fresh off a 0-0 draw with fancied Oak Bay, provided the first opposition on October 7. Though conceding an early goal to a Callum Montgomery free kick, the Bulldogs lived up to their nickname, defending resolutely for the next hour. Finally, after waves of SMUS pressure, Brian Im connected from in close and scored again just three minutes later. Two more late goals then ensured what on the surface appeared a straightforward victory, even if it had been anything but.

Against Claremont, Ryan Cui notched a highlight reel goal to open the scoring, chipping the ball over the keeper from an almost impossible angle. Matty McColl then continued his scoring rampage, collecting a hat trick. Montgomery, and Jake Wilmott, with his first of the season, also found the back of the net in a 6-0 victory. Ben Edwards and Mitchell Newman shared the shutout.

Next up are games vs GNS and Reynolds.

You can browse and download more Senior boys’ soccer pictures at the SMUS photo gallery.

At the junior level, SMUS likewise remained on top of the City table, producing some fine goals in an entertaining 5-2 triumph over Mt. Douglas. This set the stage for a much anticipated matchup vs highly regarded Oak Bay.

Though the Bays edged the possession stakes and put together some impressive multi-phase attacks, the Blue Jags defence, well marshaled by center backs Bryn Haydock and Jonathan Sudul, coped fairly comfortably, with goalie Jasper Bosley also more than up to the task.

As the game moved past the hour mark, SMUS began to engineer some grade A scoring chances, with one Felix Butterfield effort superbly saved. Then, in the 66th minute, came a simply wonderful goal, as Jim Newman rose in the box to head home powerfully from a perfectly placed cross.

In the end, after a wonderful, skillful display by both teams, this marker stood as the winner.

You can browse and download more Junior boys’ soccer pictures at the SMUS photo gallery.

In Senior girls volleyball, SMUS won both its league matches, starting with a 2-0 decision vs PCS. All around strong play vs Reynolds included a stellar effort from grade 10 Semele Smith, who produced a 12 point serving run to spark a comeback victory over the Roadrunners.

The team moves on to league games at PCS before departing for the Western Canadian Independent Schools tournament in Wilcox, Saskatchewan.

This will be an exciting opportunity for the Grade 11 athletes new to the team. It will be a particularly valuable experience as SMUS hosts this WCIS event in October, 2015.

The cross-country team competed at Beaver Lake October 8 in its second race of the season. In ideal conditions, 38 SMUS runners took to the trails to test their abilities. In the Grade 10 boys’ division, Aubry Williams had a superb race to finish in 2nd place. In the Senior boys’ competition, Michael Wong-Harrison put forth a gritty performance in placing 7th. On the girls’ side, Karla Yanez was the top Junior in 8th place, while Acacia Welsford once again led the Senior Girls by virtue of a 6th place finish.

The league season continues next at Juan de Fuca.

Grade 9 rugby team made the trek to North Vancouver, taking on Collingwood. Despite warm conditions, the heavy Klahanie Park surface limited the open play favoured by both teams, with the game something of a war of attrition in the midfield. Flanker Kason Grewal led a solid defensive effort with some big tackles, while centres Luke Rainier-Pope and Ephraim Hsu, in addition to left wing Adam Gheis, made the most of their opportunities. In the end, a late tally by Hsu, direct from a turnover, was the difference in a 14-7 victory.

Next up is a trip to Brentwood, with a chance to nab the top Island position in the offing.

In field hockey, after a ten day hiatus from games as the public schools got prepared following the labour unrest, the girls Senior A team was back in action. Two convincing wins, 6-1 against Oak Bay and 6-0 against GNS, reflected a balanced attack between forwards and midfielders, and suggested the squad is in a good position to reclaim the Maud Tully Cup, emblematic of Victoria high school field hockey supremacy.

The Thanksgiving weekend break saw SMUS entered in the prestigious Bridgman Cup, the oldest competition in BC and one which again featured a deep and talented field. Pool games vs Cowichan, West Vancouver and Charles Best produced only a 1-2 record, with the middle game of the three a real frustration as the Blue Jags’ poor finishing allowed the Highlanders to escape with a 1-0 win.

In the cross over playoffs, SMUS then fell 1-0 to Island rival Frances Kelsey in a shootout before finishing in style with a 5-0 triumph over Heritage Woods. Kasey Boyle and Abby Fraser paced the attack, with good support from Siri Knudsen, Chloe Keeler-Young and Anna Mollenhauer.

Despite the 11th place overall finish, the event, as always, was a tremendous experience. Playing against powerful AAA opposition has, as in past years, proved to be an important springboard to success in the annual SMUS Invitational (to be held at UVic and GNS October 17-19) and the Island Tournament.

You can browse and download more Senior girls’ field hockey pictures at the SMUS photo gallery.

The developmental field hockey team had a very busy week and indeed, was forced to split the squad to meet all the scheduled commitments. Led by another two goals from Kenny Shokoya, one team battled to a 2-2 tie against Claremont before also drawing 0-0 vs QMS. The other lost 4-0 to Brentwood’s junior team and 2-0 to Lambrick Park. The juniors from both groups will now combine for the October 17-18 ISA tournament at Shawnigan.

Pictures by Brady Doland

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