Lions settle for second following tie with Royals
GUELPH – The St. James Lions were longshots to grab a first-place finish in the District 10 high school senior boys’ soccer league Tuesday on the final day of the league’s regular season, but they had to settle for a second-place finish after battling the Ross Royals to a 2-2 standoff.
To finish first, the Lions had to finish ahead of the Bishop Macdonell Celtics on points as the Celtics held the tie-breaker thanks to beating St. James during the regular season. However, Bishop Mac was hosting the eighth-place Centre Wellington Falcons Tuesday.
At Ross, the Lions and host Royals scored once in each half for the tie.
Kean Lam and Nick Pavone-O’Reilly had the goals for St. James while Arman Moghandasi and Gray Yates connected for the goals for Ross.
Bishop Mac finished first at 6-1-0 and were followed by St. James at 5-1-1, Lourdes Crusaders at 4-2-1, Orangeville Bears at 3-3-1, Ross at 2-3-2, Centennial Spartans at 2-4-1, Guelph CVI Green Gaels at 2-5-0 and Centre Wellington at 0-5-2.
The quarter-finals are to go Thursday and St. James is to host GCVI at 3:45 p.m. and Ross is to play at Orangeville at 3:45 p.m.
Bishop Macdonell 4 Centre Wellington 2
Joseph Raso scored twice and D. Elkhasa and John Gorski added single goals for Bishop Mac in what turned out to be a playoff preview.
Krishan Gomes and Atlas Nguyen responded with the goals for Centre Wellington.
The teams are to meet again at Bishop Mac Thursday at 2 p.m. in the quarter-finals.
Orangeville 2 Centennial 0
Jaden Cork and Ryan Graham scored for Orangeville while Garrett Graham had the clean sheet in net.
Orangeville is to host Ross Thursday at 3:45 p.m., the same time the Spartans are to play the Crusaders at Lourdes.
Guelph CVI 1 Lourdes 0
Luka Vukadinovic had the game’s only goal while Andrew Salgo picked up the shutout.
GCVI is to play at St. James at 3:45 p.m. Thursday and the Crusaders are to host Centennial at 3:45 p.m.
Orangeville Bears secured a first-place finish in the league with a win over the Centennial Spartans on the final day of the regular season. However, both get byes in Thursday’s quarter-finals.
Orangeville finished first at 5-0-0 while Centennial was second at 4-1-0, Ross third at 2-2-1, Centre Wellington fourth at 2-2-1, St. James fifth at 1-4-0 and Guelph CVI sixth at 0-5-0.
Thursday’s quarter-finals have St. James playing at Centre Wellington at 3:45 p.m. and Ross hosting Guelph CVI at Franchetto Park at 4 p.m.
Orangeville 4 Centennial 3
Sebastien Valenzano fired in a pair of goals for Orangeville while Andrew Paolucci and Cole Murray also scored.
Centennial received goals from Isaac Hayes, Ethan Glascott and Fraaz Kamaldeen.
Ross 5 St. James 1
Luke Schrives led Ross with a two-goal outing while David Agyare-Tabbi, Gatlany Puot Riek Deng and Jack Nethercott added single goals.
Henry Huoang netted the lone goal for St. James.
- Guelph Sports Journal