GDCI Field Hockey
Silver. Gold. Gold. The GDCI Field Hockey team is off to a great start grabbing awards at every venue thus far. On Wednesday, the Vikes took a large step forward earning a 2-1 win over rival South Huron to remain undefeated in league play. In fact, except for an overtime shootout loss to OFSAA host Burlington Nelson in the Waterloo Women’s tournament final, the Vikings are undefeated through 23 games. Against South Huron, Goderich got on the board quickly when co-captain Shea Frayne slammed home a loose ball just 3 minutes in. South Huron fought back to tie but the Vikings notched the winner when Paige Chebott fired home a rebound after a Riley Shore shot.
“We are really happy with how our season is going,” said co-captain Kendra Menchenton. “We managed to get a good result and it reminds us of how much we can accomplish if we keep working hard.” In their second match the Vikings handled a vast improved and stubborn St. Marys team 3-0, with goals from Grace Taylor, Shea Frayne and Sydney Pollock. Goalkeeper Sierra Edward earned the shutout. Goderich finished undefeated at the AK Pro Tournament in Toronto after two solid days of play. The Vikings went 4-0 and repeated the feat the following day defeating Norman Bethune, Riverdale, Monarch, Maxwell, Assumption, U of Toronto Schools, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Richardson.
At the Waterloo Women’s Tournament, the Vikings faced their strongest field of the season. The Vikings defeated three of last year’s Ontario medalists as well as the London city champions before falling 3-2 in a shootout to a talented Burlington squad. The Vikings thought they had won the game in regulation after scoring on a delayed penalty, but the umpires called the goal back and instead enforced the penalty.
“That was unfortunate, but we were happy with how we played against whom we played,” said coach Ray Lewis. “Nelson has a solid squad and Steve Clarke is a great coach. It really was a pool of death, and we could have just as easily not won a game and felt good about it.”
The Vikings will put their record on the line Wednesday at St. Anne’s vs. the home team as well as Mitchell, and Friday will take part in the Waterloo-Oxford Tournament.
The GDCI Field Hockey Team has been grabbing awards at every venue so far this season.