Thrilling end to pro­vin­cial run

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

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.

‘Amaz­ing’ de­fence

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

MAR­GARET CALDBICK PHO­TOS

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.

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