Athletics Week in Review: April 25

Soccer

The Senior girls soccer team completed a demanding week, playing a total of five games without conceding a single goal. In a very competitive and physical encounter, SMUS first claimed an important league win at Royal Bay, riding a sterling defence and a 64th minute goal by Zoe Lott for the victory.

At the ISAs, the Blue Jags won three games, versus King David, Collingwood and West Point Grey Academy, but only managed a fourth-place overall finish, when losing to Southridge in a penalty shootout after 70 minutes of action failed to produce a goal.

Over the course of the tournament, Sara Cui, Nesha Colgate, Megan Johnson, Gabby Freer, Chloe Fitzgibbon and Emma Coetze all managed to find the net, while goalkeeper Kaia Gyorfi recorded multiple shutouts.

At Junior girls level, SMUS dropped league games to table-topping Reynolds and Claremont. Then, at the ISAs, the team won three of four games, losing to Glenlyon Norfolk School in a shootout before defeating Southpointe, Southridge and Crofton House. The latter was a huge win, with late goals by Margo Leggatt and Anna Brinham securing a 2-1 result.

Tennis

Tennis likewise had a busy week. Behind the strong doubles play of Jom Umpujh and Max Zhang, SMUS dropped Lambrick Park 10-1 in league action. At the ISAs, in both the Senior and Junior divisions, the boys placed 2nd and the girls 5th.

Badminton

The Senior girls took 2nd place at the ISAs with their only loss to top-ranked Crofton House in the final. The Senior boys won the gold, defeating St. John’s School in the final.

Squash

The squash team entered eight athletes in the Junior National championships in Toronto. Of these, Christian Y. (U15 Boys) and Brooke Herring (U19 Girls) won bronze medals for their third place finishes. Jay Herring and Lucas Q., though losing in the round of 16 in their respective divisions, both played strongly.

Rugby

Rugby faced a busy and challenging week. On April 17, both the Junior boys and 1st XV faced Oak Bay in the Boot Game series. The youngsters played very attractively in winning 44-19, scoring eight tries in the process. Andres Vega Perez was a handful in midfield, while Josh Mao notched a hat trick with some bruising runs.

The 1st XV matchup was a different story. In front on the usual boisterous Boot Game crowd at UVic’s Wallace Field, the Barbarians parlayed a size and power advantage to eventually subdue the Blue Jags.

SMUS, with Owen Weismiller and Luke Rainier-Pope marshalling the defence, hung tough for the first 40 minutes before the cracks started to show in what finished a 46-7 scoreline. Nick Papaloukas managed the sole SMUS try.

At the BC 7s, held at St. Georges, SMUS, going 1-1-1 in pool play, managed to gain a quarterfinal berth en route to an overall 7th place finish.

In the Middle School competition, both SMUS Grade 8 teams put forth strong efforts versus GNS, Central and Lansdowne. Ryan C., Louis C. and Dave D. were among those to impress. A fourth game, versus impressive City No. 1 Monterey, highlighted those areas of the game, such as defensive organization, which will require improvement prior to the season ending Jamboree in mid May.

The Grade 6/7s also fielded two teams, with the Black squad dropping Royal Oak and the Reds beating GNS and drawing with Monterey. Ty D., Ethan W., Sebastian E., Tomi C., Campbell W., Ryan K. and Reagan V. all performed very well. April 25th sees the Reds at Central while the Blacks host Shoreline and North Saanich.

VIVAT!

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