How Sweeep It Is

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Robert Fisk

The girls’ soc­cer clubs at Alexan­der Galt High School demon­strated how pow­er­ful they were last month as all three teams cap­tured the ETIAC soc­cer Cham­pi­onship tro­phies.

BCS hosted the one-day play off for­mat on the girl’s side while Galt hosted the boys’ side on a beau­ti­ful Satur­day. The Se­nior Girls got things rolling when they de­feated Stanstead Col­lege 2-1 and the other Galt teams seemed to gain some mo­men­tum from their vic­tory as five of the six soc­cer teams from Galt would make the fi­nals. Ju­nior Girls:

Mrs. Chantler and Mrs. Dubeau’s club won the ETIAC reg­u­lar sea­son ban­ner on the fi­nal day of the sea­son so a Cham­pi­onship was no sure thing un­less the girls con­tin­ued to play well and they did. They took on BCS in semi fi­nals; a team they had dom­i­nated all sea­son. The girls from Galt were quicker, stronger and lit­tle more ex­pe­ri­enced than the girls from BCS and it showed on the score­board as they waltzed away with a con­vinc­ing win to ad­vance to the fi­nals.

In the Cham­pi­onship game they played Stanstead Col­lege. The Spar­tans ad­vanced to the fi­nal af­ter de­feat­ing Massey-Vanier 2-1 in a thrilling over­time game. The girls from Galt took noth­ing for granted and came out fly­ing against a much-im­proved Stanstead club. The Piper’s lead­ing scorer and cap­tain El­iza Stevens showed her lead­er­ship as she had done all year and scored the open­ing goal ten min­utes into the game. The Pipers pres­sured the Spar­tan de­fend­ers sev­eral times and al­most scored on a few oc­ca­sions, but the Spar­tan de­fend­ers kicked the ball away to safety and the score re­mained 1-0 at the half. Af­ter the break a de­ter­mined Stevens gave the lady Pipers some breath­ing room when she drilled a low shot just out­side the 18-foot box and beat the Spar­tan keeper to make it 2-0. Five min­utes later Stevens showed her dom­i­nance by com­plet­ing the hat trick and so­lid­i­fied the Cham­pi­onship for the Pipers. As the fi­nal whis­tle sounded the girls from Galt cel­e­brated on a very satis- fy­ing sea­son. Alex Bibeau recorded both shut outs on the day. The coaches said, «we were happy to see the girls raise their level of play in the fi­nal week of the sea­son and play to their po­ten­tial.» Ban­tam Girls:

Mrs. Huard’s girls squared off against the Rich­mond Raiders in the first semi fi­nal. Al­though they had beaten the Raiders all sea­son they took noth­ing for granted and came out work­ing hard from the open­ing whis­tle. Rich­mond matched their in­ten­sity and showed Galt they were here to bat­tle as well which made for a good game. Katherine Hack­ett got the Galt girls go­ing early when she slipped a shot past the div­ing Raider keeper ten min­utes into the con­test. Galt’s lead­ing scorer Shan­non Brouil­lette dan­gled through three Rich­mond de­fend­ers to give the Pipers a 2-0 be­fore the half ended. Hack­ett showed some slick ball han­dling of her own in the sec­ond half and gave the Pipers some added in­sur­ance with the fi­nal whis­tle sounded Galt was on top 4-0. Galt keeper Katie Til­ton recorded the shut out.

The girls knew they would be in for a tough fi­nal against MasseyVanier so they needed to stick to their game plan. Jade Vallee opened the scor­ing af­ter con­vert­ing a nice pass­ing play to give Galt a 1-0 lead, but it was the only marker of the half. Early in the sec­ond half Brouil­lette was fi­nally able to break free from the two Vik­ing de­fend­ers that shad­owed her the whole game to give Galt some breath­ing room. The Vik­ings played with some des­per­a­tion in the sec­ond half and pres­sured the Piper de­fense on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, but Kaylee Ro­bidas pro­vided the Pipers with some in­spi­ra­tional de­fen­sive play, as she al­ways seemed to sweep the ball away from trou­ble. Hack­ett se­cured the Cham­pi­onship for the Pipers when she nailed a free kick just out­side the 18-foot box over the head of the Vik­ing keeper to give them a 3-0 win. Huard said, «the girls ob­vi­ously had their hearts in the right place. They were ag­gres­sive, first on the ball, and most im­por­tantly played as a team. Our ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment all sea­son was re­flected to­day. I am so proud of them.» Ban­tam Boys:

Ever since their only loss to BCS a month ago the Ban­tam Boys had been play­ing some very good team soc­cer and looked very im­pres­sive as they did it. They opened up their semi­fi­nal against MasseyVanier and dom­i­nated them from start to fin­ish as they won 7-1 to ad­vance to the Cham­pi­onship game. Ja­cob Page and Vin­cent De­lange scored two goals each to pace the Pipers. Matthew added sin­gles in the lop­sided af­fair.

The boys from Galt faced BCS in the fi­nals as they looked to avenge from their only loss of the sea­son to them. Dur­ing the first half both teams moved the ball up and down the field very well, but the Bears were able to sneak one past Galt keeper Olivier Gre­nier to take an im­por­tant 1-0 lead at the half. The Pipers pressed to even the game and maybe they pressed too hard as the Bears made a quick counter at­tack and be­fore they knew it, the Pipers were down 3-0. scored on a nice shot to give Galt some life, but it was short lived, as BCS would score three more times to se­cure the Cham­pi­onship. Al­though the boys from Galt were dis­ap­pointed they en­joyed a suc­cess­ful sea­son of soc­cer as they only lost twice all year; all be it to BCS. Cross Coun­try Run­ning: The fi­nal race of the sea­son was held at BCS and al­though it was a nice fall day the con­di­tions were a lit­tle muddy in some ar­eas so the run­ners had to be care­ful. Meganne Labrecque Paquette showed why she was the best Ju­nior Girls run­ner in the ETIAC de­spite be­ing of Ban­tam age as she won her fourth gold medal in as many races. Perry Mackin­non did ev­ery­thing he could to beat the Rich­mond run­ner in the Ju­nior Boys cat­e­gory all sea­son, but he had to set­tle for sil­ver again. Af­ter weeks of hard prac­tice and train­ing Con­nor Kay looked to medal in the fi­nal race in the Ban­tam Boys cat­e­gory. His hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion paid off as the young Galt run­ner placed third to claim the bronze medal.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all of the play­ers and coaches that par­tic­i­pated in the ETIAC this year. It was a very sat­is­fy­ing sea­son as all of the schools ( Galt, Rich­mond, Massey-Vanier, BCS and Stanstead Col­lege) demon­strated good sports­man­ship in a healthy com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment. Stay tuned for more cov­er­age as the bas­ket­ball, hockey and swim­ming sea­sons are set to be­gin.

pho­tos cour­tesy

Shan­non Brouil­lette

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