Ross Royals assured of first in senior soccer
GUELPH – The Ross Royals locked up a first-place finish in the District 10 high schools senior boys’ soccer league standings Wednesday when they edged the Orangeville Bears 2-1.
“That was an important game,” Ross coach Adrian Renzetti said. “The boys came through well today.”
The defending champion Royals needed a goal late in the second half to claim the win in the close match. Ross had scored the only goal of the first half early in the half, but Orangeville knotted the score early in the second half.
Anthony Lie and Reshab Dahal struck for the goals for Ross.
Ryan Graham responded with the goal for Orangeville.
“It’s been a surprise for me this year,” Renzetti said. “We had a core of about six or seven guys from last year. We had a really strong team and so we weren’t sure how the other guys were going to fit in, but there are guys who have just continued to improve and step up. As a whole, we’ve done really well – surprisingly well which is good to see.”
Ross leads the league at 5-0-1 while Bishop Macdonell Celtics (2-0-4) Orangeville (3-2-1) and Centennial Spartans (2-0-4) are tied for second with 10 points apiece. They’re followed by the St. James Lions at 2-2-2, Guelph CVI Green Gaels at 1-3-2, Lourdes Crusaders at 0-3-3 and Centre Wellington Falcons at 0-5-1.
“This year it’s tight,” Renzetti said of the league. “I’ve felt that way all year. I’ve told these guys all year that every game was going to be close and we only had one game that was separated by two goals. Every other game has been a goal or tied. They know this and they know going into the playoffs, too, that it’ll be tight.”
The Royals finish in first using a strong defensive play that compensates for a lack of scoring. They haven’t scored more than two goals a game, but have allowed a leage-low four.
Regular-season play is to wrap up with four games Thursday – Ross against Centennial at the Gryphon Soccer Complex, Orangeville at St. James, Guelph CVI at Bishop Macdonell and Centre Wellington at Lourdes. Playoffs are to start with Tuesday’s quarter-finals.
Ross 3 Orangeville 2
Scoring details were not available. The result lifted the Royals by the Bears and into first place at 5-1-0. Orangeville and Centennial are tied for second at 4-1-1 while GCVI is fourth at 4-2-0.
Teams are to complete league play Thursday while the quarter-finals are to go Tuesday.
- Guelph Sports Journal