How Sweeep It Is
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.