Bishop Mac claims senior soccer title in shootout
Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal
GUELPH – The fall of 2017 is turning into the season of championship-game overtimes and the District 10 high schools senior boys’ soccer final followed that trend.
The Bishop Macdonell Celtics prevailed 1-0 over the Orangeville Bears at the Gryphon Soccer Complex Tuesday in a game played in an on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again, on-again rainstorm that produced a brilliant rainbow in the first half, but no goals in regulation time or overtime.
“That was a very close game, a little closer than I wanted,” Bishop Mac coach Kevin Da Costa said. “But it was hard game with the elements and the rain and it was a tough team. It went right down to the wire, but I’m glad we finished it with a win.”
The Celtics connected for their second championship in three years and fourth overall when they prevailed 4-3 in a shootout.
Goalkeeper Tyler Grondinger of the Celtics stopped the final shooter for Orangeville, the 10th shooter overall in penalty kicks, to preserve the win for Bishop Mac. That save was the only one made by a keeper in penalty kicks. Of the other two shots that didn’t score in the shootout, one struck the crossbar and the other hit a goalpost.
Teo Favrin, Julian Kati, Joseph Raso and Devon Corbit scored in penalty kicks for the Celtics while Jaden Cork, Ryan Graham and Jeriah Valladares scored for Orangeville.
The game was an evenly-fought contest throughout, although a strong wind and periods of cold rain made the play a little sloppy at times.
“There were chances both ways,” Da Costa said. “It was a little sloppy, but I thought the rain had a little to do with that, the field was wet and the wind was really strong today so it was hard to possession it with the ball today. Overall, it was a pretty even game. Orangeville’s a great team and they had a great game.”
Both teams now have the big wait as both advance to CWOSSA championship tournaments June 7 to 9, 2018. The Celtics are to play in the AA tournament at Paris and the Bears are to play in the AAA tournament at Kitchener.
“It’s too bad we have to wait until the spring,” Da Costa said. “It’s a little bit of a disadvantage for us because we’ll go in cold, but we’ll do some tournaments to warm up in the spring. I can’t wait to get there. It’s going to be fun.”
The Celtics also feel they have some unfinished business at the CWOSSA tournament.
“We were there last year,” Da Costa said. “We lost in the final in a shootout, so a little bit of a turn of fate today by winning the shootout.
“Last year we lost in the final of D10 and we lost in the final of CWOSSA. So a little redemption today by winning D10 and hopefully we can get some redemption again in CWOSSA winning that, too.”
Ross 4 Orangeville 2
The Ross Royals claimed their third championship in five years and sixth overall with the title win Tuesday at Franchetto Park.
Cyril Zaki, Gatling Puot Riek Deng, William Rodenburg and Gray Yates scored the goals for Ross.
Christopher DuBois and Andrew Paolucci replied for Orangeville.
Ross and Orangeville had finished one-two in the standings with Ross at 6-1-0 and Orangeville at 5-1-1. Ross had defeated the Bears 3-2 Oct. 11 in their regular-season meeting.
The Royals advance to the two-day, six-team CWOSSA junior championship tournament at the Gryphon Soccer Complex that is to start Thursday and wrap up Friday.
Thursday is for round-robin pool play and Ross is to play St. Mary’s Eagles of Kitchener at 12:15 p.m. and Cameron Heights Gaels of Kitchener at 2:15 p.m.
The other pool consists of Monsignor Doyle Marauders of Cambridge, Huron Heights Huskies of Kitchener and Centre Dufferin Royals of Shelburne.
Semifinals and the gold-medal game are slated for Friday.