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Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Sacre Coeur Griffons to battle in soccer final
by Randy Pascal

There will be some new faces to the dance when the bulk of the 2017 SDSSAA Soccer Finals are staged Tuesday (May 23rd) at the James Jerome Sports Complex. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Premier Boys gold medal encounter.

The Sacré-Coeur Griffons continued their historic run, advancing to a Division I boys soccer final for the first time in school history thanks to a 1-0 win over the Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes, with Justin Lamontagne finding the back of the net for the game's only goal and goalkeeper Zachary Ducharme made it stand with a clean slate.

Though his team looked solid in amassing a regular season mark of 4-2-0, Griffons' head coach Justin Fay was thankful there was another gear in play for the playoffs. "What we did today was something we haven't been able to do all year, holding the opposition to zero goals," he said.

"Defending a lead has been difficult for us, but the guys did a great job today at shutting down the game. Communication and controlling the game was key to our success." Despite boasting some top end individual talent on the roster, Fay suggested his Sacré-Coeur lads have not yet necessarily received the respect they deserve.

"I would say that I'm not surprised by our success this year, but I'm sure the rest of the city is. The guys have been working extremely hard. We've always been viewed as underdogs, and that's fine by us."

The Griffons will look to pull off one more upset in the league final on Tuesday, when they meet up with the defending champion St Charles College Cardinals. A goal by Aristide Cruchaga was all that was needed to give the Cards a chance to repeat, as St Charles blanked the St Benedict Bears 1-0 in the remaining semi-final.

Meanwhile, the Macdonald-Cartier Panthères girls team have conjured up visions of the two-time OFSAA championship squad led by the likes of Cloe Lacasse and Karolyne Blain. The Panthères bounced the Lockerby Vikings 4-0 behind a two goal effort from Ariane Saumure, with Alexis Bélanger and Lina Audet adding one goal apiece.

The Panthères will now try and slow down the St Charles Cardinals' girls team, who picked up their sixth win in seven games (to go along with one tie), registering a 3-0 semi-final triumph over the Lo-Ellen Park Knights.

Action on Tuesday at James Jerome begins at 2:00 p.m., as Lockerby and St Charles tangle in the junior boys final, followed by the girls final at 4:00 p.m. and the senior boys at 6:00 p.m.

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