Thrilling end to provincial run
Allowing only three goals in regulation time, the Glengarry District High School senior boys soccer team went undefeated at the recent Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) tournament.
The Gaels, who were also undefeated at the regional qualifying round, posted a record of six wins and one tie at the provincial championships, winning the finale in thrilling fashion.
The locals won the gold medal game by a margin of 6-5 on penalty shots, edging Ridley College, a private St. Catharines school that has a soccer academy.
Ethan Attridge netted the clincher, after Liam Filion, Lochlan MacDonald, Hunter MacPherson, Liam MacDonald and Hamish MacLeod had earlier hit the twine for the Gaels.
GDHS had advanced to the final with a 3-1 semi-final win over Louis Riel. Gaels scorers were Lochlan MacDonald, with two, and Cameron Poirier.
In the quarter finals, Hunter MacPherson and Cameron Poirier scored in a 2-0 win against Jean Vanier.
In the opener, Lochlan MacDonald netted two in a 2-1 victory over George S. Henry Academy.
Lochlan MacDonald repeated the feat during a 5-0 shutout versus Walkerton. Hamish MacLeod, Bailey Pidgeon and Craig van Loon rounded out the offence.
After a 0-2 tie with Holy Cross, Hunter MacPherson and Liam MacDonald did the scoring in a 2-1 win over Ridley College.
With three shutouts, obviously, the defence was one of the big reasons the Gaels brought home gold.
Goalie Logan Keurentjes and sweeper, his brother, Aaron, “played amazing throughout the tournament,” said coach Glen Campbell.
CHAMPIONSHIP PHOTO: The Glengarry District High School senior boys soccer team poses after winning the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations tournament. Back, left to right: coach David Filion, Liam Filion, Kenneth MacMillan, Ethan Attridge, Liam MacDonald, Hamish MacLeod, Hunter MacPherson,Cameron Poirier, Sheldon MacCallum, Aaron Keurentjes, Berry Wassihun, Dove Rickerd, Laurent Rivard, coach Glen Campbell; front, from left, Ben Horton, Jared MacLeod, Seamus Hardy, Craig Van Loon, Kevin Doyle, Logan Keurentjes, Lochlan MacDonald, Bailey Pidgeon, Crew Rickerd, Rocco Bhagwandin.
TOUGH TYKES: Standout Connor Hamelin of the Glengarry tyke Gaels led the offence in the 39-6 win. With him is Glengarry teammate, fleet-footed Charlotte Jackman of North Lancaster who celebrated not just the win but her 9th birthday the next day. As a point of interest, Charlotte wears the number 13 jersey in honour of her late grandfather, big Jimmy MacGillivray of Kirk Hill who died in 2015.