Athletics Week in Review: October 22

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It was a week of high drama, with the CAIS U15 girls soccer honour at stake, Senior girls volleyball visiting Saskatchewan and SMUS hosting its own Invitational Field Hockey tournament.

The CAIS event actually finished more than a week ago, when the U15 girls soccer team traveled across the country to Halifax for the CAIS Championships.

On opening day, SMUS shrugged off any lingering jet lag to defeat The Study from Montreal 5-2, King’s-Edgehill School from Windsor 3-1, and Toronto’s Holy Trinity School 5-0.

Twenty four hours later, SMUS moved into the championship round. The games, versus Halifax Grammar School, The Study (again) and The Country Day School from King, Ont., proved to be considerably more challenging, as was playing on an absolutely enormous field. The players banded together to produce three more victories to move into the tournament final four.

The championship semi-final, a rematch against King’s-Edgehill School, in no way mirrored what had been a straight-forward pool victory. In the end, after regulation time and overtime failed to produce a goal, the teams went to a penalty shootout. Eventually, in the seventh round, Nesha Colgate hammered home a shot to the top corner. When goalkeeper Kaia Gyorfi then made one more save, the Blue Jags qualified for the final!

Funny enough, the final match played on Canada’s East Coast pitted two Victoria schools against each other, with SMUS facing off against GNS. Playing eight games in three days had clearly taken its toll on both sides, with injuries and fatigue being definite factors. Congratulations to GNS, who notched an early marker and then did enough to keep the hungry SMUS team at bay, on their 1-0 win. Similar kudos to all the SMUS players who performed so well, led by the excellent duo of Taylor Noel and Sara Cui. VIVAT!

You can browse and download photos of the U15 girls soccer team’s CAIS Championship win at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

Senior girls field hockey, following the intensity of the Bridgman Cup earlier this month, hosted its own six-team Western Canadian Field Hockey Invitational. The team opened in style, scoring early and often in its opening matches and going on to win all five round robin encounters (versus Brentwood, GNS, Southridge, York House and Ridley College from Ontario).

In the final against Brentwood, in front of a boisterous crowd and being streamed live on the web, SMUS, while dominating first half action, managed a single Olivia Donald tally. When Brentwood equalized late, it all came down to penalty strokes. Fortunately, Aveen Glen, Anna Mollenhauer and Flora Stanau connected from the spot, while Maia Roberts saved three times.

With the win, SMUS extended its hold on the trophy for a fourth consecutive year. Next up are league games versus Mount Douglas and Lambrick Park before Island AA tournament play commences October 24.

The Junior team was not quite as fortunate, still finishing an impressive third in its ISA pool on goal average, after a draw versus Crofton. In winning a cross-over game to finish fifth overall, Abby Fraser paced the attack and was well supported by Alexa Matthews and Meggie Edwards.

You can browse and download more photos of the Senior girls field hockey team’s play at the Invitational Finals at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

And you can watch the complete, live-streamed final game on SMUSTube.

The Senior girls volleyball team competed in the Western Canadian Independent School Volleyball Championships in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. The team finished the event with six wins in nine matches. Unfortunately, a 15-13 loss to Crofton House in the third game of a quarter-final match-up consigned the squad to a fifth place finish. On the plus side, SMUS did defeat host Notre Dame in two straight sets to wrap up the tournament. Congratulations to Thana Fayad, who received the Best Hitter award, while Beta Willeboordse was judged Best Server, and Silke Kuhn was named the team MVP. SMUS looks forward to hosting the WCISVC in 2015!

This week, SMUS hosts league matches against Lambrick Park and Reynolds before moving on to the ISA tournament October 24-25 at Brentwood College.

You can browse and download more photos from the Senior girls volleyball team’s competition at the Western Canadian Independent School Volleyball Championships at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

Senior boys soccer remained on course for an October 23 top-of-the-table showdown versus Oak Bay by winning another two league games. First, not without some difficulty on a wet and slippery track, SMUS downed GNS 4-2. The Blue Jags then journeyed to Reynolds. After an early Roadrunners goal, regular service was restored in a 4-1 SMUS victory. Brian Im, Matty McColl (2) and Alec Keech recorded the goals. With the wins, the team remains unbeaten, running its season record to 10-0.

At the Junior level, the team continued its scoring surge, defeating Stelly’s 7-2 and Spectrum 8-2. These victories kept SMUS at the top of the local league with playoffs on the horizon. Ben Keep, Donovan Sturdy and Aidan Kerr have all shown consistently good form.

The last cross country league meet of the season took place at Juan de Fuca on October 14. A record-breaking 39 SMUS runners took part in the event. On the girls’ side, Maia Watson finished 4th in the junior division, while Acacia Welsford also placed in the top 10 in the senior division. More significantly, both teams finished in second place.

In the boys’ competition, all the SMUS runners performed strong, only to see the results voided after course marshals led many competitors the wrong way.

Beaver Lake is the site of the October 22 Island Championships. Good luck to all seeking qualification to the BCs.

Rowing continued its short fall season, participating in the Greater Victoria Youth Rowing Society’s October Classic Regatta. The event was the first competitive experience for a number of the senior crews.

Once again, the weather co-operated fully, with sunshine, mild wind, and good water for all races. The development of all the SMUS rowers during the past seven weeks was certainly evident.

Congratulations in particular to the Junior A Novice Men’s 8 and Junior A Novice Women’s 8+, which won gold medals; the Junior B Women’s Novice 8+, which finished second; and the Junior B Novice Boy’s 4X, which placed third.

The season culminates at the end of the month with the inaugural interclub Cake Race at the SMUS Rowing Centre.

You can browse and download more photos from the GVYRS October Classic Regatta at the SMUS Photo Gallery.

photos by Stephanie Anter, Sara Cui and Brady Doland

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