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Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018
Last week of soccer leads into post-season play
by Randy Pascal

The Lasalle Lancers and St Benedict Bears girls soccer teams were not having a whole lot of luck picking up wins against the balance of the SDSSAA Premier Girls Soccer competition.

That, however, did bode well when the two sides faced each other earlier this week at the James Jerome Sports Complex. Jacklyn Krueger (Bears) and Mackenzie Gauvreau (Lancers) traded first half goals which stood throughout the final forty minutes as Lasalle and St Ben's played to a 1-1 draw.

"This is kind of more of a rebuilding year," admitted 16 year old grade 11 midfielder Brooklynn Howard of the Lancers. "Most of our team are grade nines and tens. From our first game to the last game we played, we just grew so much."

"Last year, we had a lot of grade twelves, and I was a rookie. This year, I had to take on a different role, bring the grade nine and tens out of their shells, talk to them on the field, make sure they know what's going on, where they need to be."

This week wrapped up regular season play, with the playoffs set to kickoff on Monday. The Sacré-Coeur Griffons boys helped secure a second place finish with a 3-1 win over the Confederation Chargers, with Noah Gascon netting a pair of goals and Justin Lamontagne adding the other.

Kyle Preseau replied in a losing cause for Confederation, which missed the post season dance with a record of 1-5. The Griffons were one of three teams to finish with twelve points - St Charles College and St Benedict were the others - but league tie-breaker rules would slide the Bears into third place, meaning a quarter-final rematch Thursday against the Lo-Ellen Park Knights (1-3-2).

That game could be a dandy, as the teams tied 1-1 this past week, with Gio Mastroianni (STB) and Jon Grebe (LOE) trading tallies. The second boys quarter-final sees the 5th place Lockerby Vikings (2-1-3) battling the 4th place Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes (3-1-2).

On the girls side, Bianca Toppazzini scored the only goal of the game as Lockerby earned a first round playoff bye, finishing second thanks to a 1-0 win over Notre-Dame. Contenders in most every other year, the 2017 Alouettes missed the playoffs with a record of 1-4-1.

Though the Macdonald-Cartier Panthères matched the Vikings with an undefeated mark of 4-0-2, they still could do no better than third place (St Charles showed the way at 5-0-1), and must now meet the Marymount Regals (2-3-1) in quarter-final action Monday at noon.

They will be followed by the Lo-Ellen Park Knights (5th - 3-3-0) versus the Confederation Chargers (4th - 3-3-0), with semi-final games set for Tuesday, starting at noon and finishing at 8:00 p.m.

All finals will take place on Tuesday, May 23rd, with the teams already pencilled in for the junior boys gold medal game. The Lockerby Vikings (3-2-1) will look to pull off the upset when they face St Charles (5-0-1) at 2:00 p.m., with the girls final at 4:00 p.m. and the senior boys at 6:00 p.m.

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