Athletics Week in Review: September 20

Let the 2016-17 athletics season begin!

Soccer

In what became a fiercely contested and closely matched ISA event, SMUS hosted the Senior Boys Soccer tournament last weekend.

The Blue Jags A team, thanks to goals by Finn Goodyear and Ben Wingert, opened with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Brentwood. Then, in the game of the tournament, a sensational last-second marker by Dennis Siegrist secured a 2-2 draw with St. George’s.

A win versus Southridge the following morning would see SMUS top its pool and qualify directly to the tournament final. Alas, despite territorial pressure and a majority of possession, the elusive goal never materialized in a 0-0 deadlock.

The bronze medal match against West Point Grey Academy proved something of an anticlimax, with the offence again misfiring in another scoreless draw. SMUS did manage to finally score in extra time to place third.

Centre back Jon Sudul performed well all weekend, with Jasper Bosley recording two clean sheets.

In the B event, some wonderful goalkeeping by Nick Papaloukas kept the Senior boys development team in every game. The Jags were perhaps unlucky to drop their opener 2-1 to St. George’s, but then bounced back nicely to defeat Mulgrave after penalties. The final game of the day was another 1-1 draw, this time versus St. John’s. A superb goal by Adam Moulden was cancelled out by the Eagles with just under two minutes to play. This time, the penalty shootout did not go in SMUS’s favour.

The following day, SMUS dropped its final match to Aberdeen Hall. The Kelowna-based visitors were good value for the victory as they captured the title.

Field Hockey

Following a tryout featuring 60 girls, the 1st XI field hockey team took part in the Friendship Cup at the Cowichan Sportsplex.

Led by Anna Mollenhauer, Abby Fraser, Angel Tsui and Cordel Tromp, SMUS won all four of its games, notching 18 goals without reply. Tsui and Chloe Fitzgibbon shared the goalkeeping duties. The tournament proved to be an excellent opportunity to integrate new faces into the team in advance of league play and the always highly competitive ISA championships.

The development team also enjoyed its first action, matching up midweek versus local rivals Reynolds and Oak Bay before games in the Friendship Cup. Every player involved improved tremendously over the course of the four days.

Many other fall sports start competition this week. The girls volleyball teams travel to the SFU tournament this weekend, while cross-country has its opening league race. Grade 9 rugby hosts Brentwood and Shawnigan later this week.

Good luck to all athletes this year. Vivat!

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