Three goals in final achieves three goals for Ross Royals

GUELPH – It was mission accomplished by the Ross Royals as they claimed their fourth consecutive District 4/10 high school girls’ field hockey title with a 3-0 win over the Orangeville Bears Monday at Varsity Field.

While winning the championship was the main goal, the Royals had a couple of other goals for the game.

“Four in a row, that was the goal,” Ross coach Cisca Campolongo said. “We came into this game with three objectives. One was four in a row. Another was for me to try to get everybody in because I’ve never been able to do that in a final because they remained so tight and so tough. And lastly our other goal was to make sure that they didn’t score on us because my goalie would have a shutout for the whole season. That was pretty awesome that they could do all three so that really put the level up for them.”

“It was a team effort,” said Sarah Taylor who was named Ross’s MVP of the game. “We worked as a team and we just capitalized on our opportunities.”

The shutout win did mean the Royals went through the entire D4/10 season without allowing a goal. They had six shutout wins and a scoreless tie in the regular season, outscoring their opponents 19-0 in the process. They also outscored the opposition 12-0 in playoffs as they had earlier scored a 5-0 win over Wellington Heights Wolverines in the quarter-finals and 4-0 win over Centre Wellington Falcons in the semifinals to go with their championship-game shutout win.

“We wanted to do that for our goalie,” Taylor said. “Also to keep them from scoring just keeps our confidence up and it keeps us pushing forward.”

The last team to go through the regular season without yielding a goal was Ross in the 2007 season. They also posted shutout wins in the quarter-finals and semifinals, but lost the final 2-0 to the Centennial Spartans.

Centennial actually went through both the regular season and playoffs without giving up a goal in the 2006 season. They outscored the opposition 23-0 getting five wins and a tie in the regular season and 7-0 in the playoffs with wins in the semifinals and championship match. They had a bye in the quarter-finals.

Monday, Ross scored all three of its goals in the first half while Acacia Douglas-Henke did the usual by recording the shutout.

Leah Penner opened the scoring for Ross in the eighth minute while Taylor scored a pair of goals six minutes apart later in the quarter.

Both Ross and Orangeville advance to the CWOSSA championship tournament Wednesday and Thursday at Kitchener’s Woodside Park.

“That’s going to be tough, tough competition, but these kids are coming to me and saying ‘OK, we’re going to make it to Day 2. We’re going to do it. We’re going to do it.’ If they’re going to put in the effort and they’re going to work hard, then at least we’re going to be competitive and stand a chance. We’re going to do the best we can because they want to make the most of their day and their time there.”

“If we keep working hard, keep a positive attitude toward it and go into the games with a positive attitude, I feel like we’ll be successful in it,” Taylor said.

Ross will be in Pool B with Kitchener Resurrection (second in D8) and Waterloo CI (second in D6/11) while Orangeville will be in Pool A with D8 champion Kitchener St. Mary’s and D6/11 champion Kitchener Bluevale.

Pool play is set for Wednesday with the top two in each pool advancing to Thursday’s playoffs.

 

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