Vikings and Cards battle in back to back draws
by Randy Pascal
With but one week of regular season play remaining, the high school soccer standings are something of a murky quagmire, and games last Thursday did little
to clear the waters.
Going into the final stretch, there is not a single team in either the Premier Boys or Girls division that can boast of not having either a loss
or a tie on their record.
That tightness of competition was evident, once again, as the Lockerby Vikings (1-1-3) and St Charles College Cardinals (2-0-2) hooked up
in a 1-1 affair, and this directly on the heels of a battle between the girls team from the same two schools, that finished with the same exact score.
The boys encounter did feature some solid chances on both sides early on, as Lockerby defender Jack Wisniewski grazed the outside of the post with a
blast from 25 yards out, while the Cardinals' Anstide Uwiduhaye made a great run down the left flank, only to miss the mark from in tight.
The keepers were kept on their toes later in the half, as well, as Kevin (Rojas) Martin (Lockerby) drifted a shot just above the crossbar in the
22nd minute, while Aiden Martel (St Charles) failed to capitalize on a pair of direct kicks outside the box.
The Vikings opened the scoring when a centering pass from Martin would be deflected directly into the St Charles' goal by one of the Cardinals' defenders,
relatively early in the second half.
The Cardinals, however, would press from there, as Lockerby netminder Jacob Lebeau held them at bay until the 77th minute. Displaying his
ball-handling talents once again, Martel worked his way in deep for St Charles, moving the ball out front where Tayler Bedard finished things off.
"I thought we played good, but I think we can play more organized," noted Martin, a native of Cuba who moved to the area some three to four years ago.
"We have to look for more space, and we have to play hard."
Lining up both at striker and in the midfield the past few years, both with Lockerby and well as with his SDSC (Sudbury District Soccer Club)
team, Martin finds the latter to be a better fit for this team this year.
"Middle is good for me, because I can distribute the ball around, control the game and help my team." The Vikings close out their schedule Thursday versus
the Lively Hawks (0-3-0), while the Cardinals will play two more games still, battling the Confederation Chargers (1-3-0) on Monday and the
Notre-Dame Alouettes (3-1-1) some 24 hours later.
In the girls encounter, Emma Dionne (St Charles) and Kennedy Sikora (Lockerby) traded goals, as the teams fight it out with Confed for top
spot in the premier grouping.
The Macdonald-Cartier Panthères and Marymount Regals kicked off the five game slate with an entertaining 4-4 draw, as Ariane Saumure
netted the hat trick for the Panthères.
Alexis Belanger added the remaining goal, with Mackenzie Watkins, Cassidy Burton, Jordin Rancourt and Gia Grossi all finding the
back of the net for Marymount.
The Notre-Dame girls registered their first win, slipping past the Lasalle Lancers 2-1, with M Croteau and K Wyman handling the
scoring for the winners and Caresse Bouffard Couture replying in a losing cause.
In the only junior match of the day, Ryan Teddy scored twice in helping lead St Charles past Lockerby 5-1. Liam Nelson, Mbuyi N'Galamulume
and Matt Belanger joined Teddy on the scoresheet for the Cardinals, with Zachary Ross answering with the only Vikings marker.
Play resumes Monday with eight games scheduled in all, though the weekend of wet weather may put some of the non-turf contests at risk.