Ar­dens clinch fourth straight Moose Jaw League ti­tle

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Af­ter nine league games where ev­ery­thing seemed to come easy, noth­ing came easy for the Swift Cur­rent Comp. Ar­dens in the cham­pi­onship fi­nal against Wey­burn on Tues­day in Moose Jaw.

The Ar­dens faced some se­ri­ous ad­ver­sity when they fell be­hind 2-0 af­ter 12 min­utes be­fore Cas­sidy An­dres re­sponded with four straight goals to lead the Ar­dens to a 4-3 win and their fourth con­sec­u­tive Moose Jaw High School Soc­cer League ti­tle.

An­dres scored in the 25th minute to cut the lead to 2-1 at half­time. The Ar­dens’ reign over the Moose Jaw League ap­peared per­ilous early in the sec­ond half when Wey­burn was awarded a ques­tion­able penalty kick but sniper Sab­rina Mainil missed the goal and a chance for a sec­ond two-goal lead.

An­dres and the Ar­dens would make Wey­burn pay for their mis­take when she scored three sec­ond-half goals be­fore Wey­burn re­sponded with a third goal to en­sure a ner­vous con­clu­sion to the game.

Em­i­lie Er­land­son, Cassandra Furey-Cameron, Kelsey Ther­rien, and San­tana Gowan all had as­sists, while Brit­ney Cleave­ley earned the win in goal.

The dra­matic win clinched a fourth straight un­beaten sea­son as grade 12’s Cas­sidy An­dres, Em­i­lie Er­land­son, and Kaylee Kyle all made league his­tory by fin­ish­ing un­beaten in 45 games dur­ing their fouryear ca­reers.

“It felt good since we came back from los­ing,” said Kyle. “It was kind of scary but it felt good to fi­nally win four years in row while I was on the team.”

“It feels great be­cause I don’t think that any­body has done it,” added An­dres. “It makes me feel like us three girls are re­ally strong be­cause when we came in most of us were in the start­ing line-up. I think we played hard all four years so I think that we de­served to win ev­ery sin­gle game and tie one.”

“We just stayed strong as a team and worked to­gether,” said Er­land­son of their in­cred­i­ble four-year run. “We have grown up to­gether and we know how each other plays. So just stay­ing to­gether as a team helped us win.”

The Ar­dens added an­other medal to their col­lec­tion Satur­day when they won the SHSAA 3A South Re­gional Cham­pi­onship.

The host Ar­dens de­feated the Wey­burn Ea­gles 1-0 to win Re­gion­als for a third straight time over their south­ern ri­vals.

The Ar­dens led most of the way af­ter Kelsey Ther­rien’s cor­ner kick was knocked into the Wey­burn goal by their goal­keeper in the ninth minute. The Ar­dens did not al­low a shot on goal but were un­able to cap­i­tal­ize at the other end against the ri­val Ea­gles.

Cassandra FureyCamer­on picked up the win dur­ing a quite af­ter­noon in the Ar­dens’ goal.

“I think we worked mostly on our pass­ing which was re­ally nice,” ex­plained An­dres. “We just tried to work around them be­cause it was way too windy to throw balls in the air and do all those things. I think we worked well as a team, just pass­ing the ball around, try­ing to get balls for­ward. Even though we didn’t score lots of goals it was nice to have that one to keep us in the lead the whole time.”

“We played bet­ter than we usu­ally do and our pass­ing was a lot bet­ter,” added Er­land­son.

The Ar­dens will be in Wey­burn Fri­day and Satur­day for the eight-team Pro­vin­cial Fi­nals.

The Ar­dens are hop­ing to im­prove on a fourth­place fin­ish last year when they up­set Regina Rif­fel be­fore los­ing their last two games.

Kyle said that the team’s pass­ing, an­tic­i­pa­tion, and get­ting first to the ball would be the ar­eas of em­pha­sis when they met up with some of the prov­ince’s tra­di­tional pow­er­house schools at Provin­cials.

“We have to pass the ball well and not get down on each other when the go­ing gets tough be­cause Provin­cials are re­ally hard,” added An­dres.

Photo by Scott Anderson

Ar­dens mid­fielder Kaylee Kyle (right) helped her team to a third straight South Re­gional ti­tle on Satur­day with a 1-0 win over Wey­burn.

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The Swift Cur­rent Comp. Ar­dens made his­tory last week with a 4-3 win over Wey­burn to clinch a record fourth straight Moose Jaw High School Soc­cer League ti­tle.

Photo by Steven Mah

There wasn’t much room to ma­neu­ver for Cas­sidy An­dres (right) and the Swift Cur­rent Ar­dens dur­ing the South Re­gional cham­pi­onship game Satur­day.

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