Gaels, Royals to meet in D10 soccer final

Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal

GUELPH – The teams that finished in the top two positions in the quick District 10 high school girls’ soccer league season are to meet for league honours Thursday.

Both first-place finisher Ross Royals and runner-up Guelph CVI Green Gaels advanced to the championship match with semifinal victories Tuesday.

Ross defeated the fourth-place St. James Lions 1-0 while GCVI edged the third-place Bishop Macdonell Celtics 6-5 in a shootout after they’d battled to a 1-1 standoff in regulation time and 20 minutes of overtime.

Jordan Faveri scored the lone goal for Ross in their victory and they’ll host the final Thursday at 4 p.m.

For GCVI, they needed a goal with about a minute to go in regulation time to take their match with Bishop Mac into overtime.

“They have a lot of confidence in each other,” GCVI co-coach Matt Suhadolc said. “We know we can put anybody on the field and we’ll end up getting a good result. Just knowing that you can come back from a goal, it doesn’t matter so much because we know we can always come back.”

The Celtics hampered the Gaels during regulation time, especially in the second half, by keeping most of the GCVI attacks to the outside.

“It was more an issue of playing with the wind,” Suhadolc said. “We wanted to play up through the middle so them pushing us to the side just kind of slowed us down a bit.”

The Gaels came close to ending the contest two minutes into each overtime half. In the first half, Jasmine Hasmatali had a shot from the right side strike the goal post and stay out while Kristen Kohlmeier put the ball into the Bishop Mac net in the second half, but the play was ruled offside.

“One off the post and one that could’ve gone,” Suhadolc said. “They played really well for being a man down for the overtime, but our girls just kept pushing, pushing, pushing to just tire them out and eventually even though we won in penalty kicks, it was a good result.”

Injuries and players having to leave due to prior commitments left the Celtics shorthanded.

The stalemate sent the match to a shootout that needed six shooters from each team for a decision to be reached. Through the first five-player round, each team scored on all but its third shooter. The Gaels claimed the win on a goal by Rhiana Quarrington.

Bishop Mac’s Katherine Guardiero and GCVI’s Carla Pizzaro-Steffler contributed the regulation-time goals, both scoring in the second half.

The championship combatants met once during the regular season with Ross winning 2-0 May 9.

“We’ve only seen them one time in the middle of the season,” Suhadolc said. “We had some girls away for other activities. It’s going to be a tough game.”

Also on the line is the lone D10 berth in the CWOSSA AAA championship tournament May 24-25 at Kitchener.

Bishop Mac’s season will continue with participation as the D10 representative in the CWOSSA AA tournament at Owen Sound May 24-25.