In an abbreviated pre-Thanksgiving athletics schedule, the Senior boys set the pace with two league wins.
The first, thanks to a pair of goals from Harry Shaw and a single marker by Ewan Halliday, saw SMUS comfortably win 3-0 over St. Andrew’s. The second encounter, versus a very capable Mount Douglas side, required considerable work and discipline. In the end, a Shaw strike and some resolute defence proved just enough.
The team now looks forward to an October 12 game against Lambrick Park.
The Junior boys managed a split of their two league games, dropping Glenlyon Norfolk School 5-0 but falling to Royal Bay 5-2.
Cross-country opened its season at Lambrick Park, with several runners turning in fine performances. Nicholas Hermann (12th) led the Junior boys squad, while Angel Lan (9th) squeezed into the top ten in the Junior girls race.
The Senior boys found the 6-km distance quite challenging, although Tucker Forbes (9th) ran well. Pride of place went to the Senior girls, who, with six finishers in the top 20, claimed the team silver medal. Aysha Emmerson (5th) and Maia Watson (8th) led the way.
The entire squad looks forward to the next league race at Cedar Hill.
The Senior girls lost 26-24 and 25-17 to Pacific Christian School in league play. Improved focus on defence will be key with Oak Bay the next opponent.
The Senior girls fell 3-0 to a slick Oak Bay outfit, but, thanks to a second half finish by Nadine Reis, once again clipped GNS 1-0. Elle Nelson, Suzie Stone and goalkeeper Jessie Cheng were again stalwarts. The squad then competed in the prestigious Bridgman Cup, battling valiantly against high powered opposition to finish 12th among the 16 teams.
At the girls development level, led by goalie Natasha Kis-Toth and midfielder Hannah Brombach, SMUS lost to GNS before drawing against Brentwood College. Andrea Alarcon and Fernanda Flores also performed well.
An 11-a-side home match at Grade 8 level versus St. George’s provided plenty of entertainment. An explosive start saw SMUS register three quickfire tries, before St. George’s replied with three of their own. There were several additional scores, with the visitors narrowly on top at the final whistle. Alejandro C., Calum W. and Owen V. ran and tackled impressively.
Duke Curran and Michael Moulden were again prominent in a wide open, high scoring Grade 9 match at Shawnigan.