GDCI Field Hockey

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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.

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The GDCI Field Hockey Team has been grab­bing awards at ev­ery venue so far this sea­son.

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