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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Lady Raiders Recap

Paincourt | by Bayshore News Staff  

Walkerton Competes @ OFSAA " A " Girls Soccer


The Senior Girls Soccer team from Walkerton District had a very successful trip to OFSAA. The Lady Raiders would end with a 5th place finish. The three day tournament was held in the Chatham area on June 2 - June 4th

WDSS, (17th seed) faced Villanova College (1 seed) from the Newmarket area in their first game. This was a back in forth, mid -field battle. VC scored a late goal to win 1-0. In their next game the Lady Raiders played Stayner. Walkerton got out to a hot start and were up early 2-0 with goals by Tash Grabosky and Lynn Duncan. Stayner got one back for half time. In the second half there was a 10 minute span where WD scored 3 un -answered goals, all of them by Kathleen Whale !

That win meant that the Lady Raiders were still in a playoff hunt. On Friday they faced the heavily favourite Toronto Christian at 9:30am. WDSS jumped out to an early 2-0 lead only to see the Toronto school tie it up. Striker Lynn Duncan finally broke out of her shooting slump and score two first half goals. Emily Van Onye, Theresa Russwurm did an amazing job to control the mid-field and their star player. Another late goal by  Duncan and some key saves by 'keeper' Taylor Gray gave the Raiders a 3-2 win. This set up a do or die game versus  EJ Lajeunesse (Windsor).  Whoever won this game would go the playoffs, quarter finals. This game was played for the most part in the middle 50m, it resembled trench warfare more than a soccer game. Late in the game WD got two great chances and again Duncan converted on both giving WDSS a playoff birth. Stalwart 'Link', Jess Geense, though playing hurt, did an incredible job for WD in this game. Taylor Gray got the shut out while Megan Lamont and Diane Bushell anchored the fullbacks.

As WDSS earned a 1/4 final game with only a 2 hour break their opponent Smithville Christian had been idle for 5 hours. This situation would prove to be WD's Achilles heal. Smithville had scored 14 goals and given up one in the first 4 games. They scored just 1 minute in and Walkerton promptly marched down the field and tied it with another Lynn Duncan strike. The game went back'n forth with both teams getting several chances until Shawnna Sypke scored on a beautiful shot to make it 2-1 at the half. Despite the fatigue that as setting in, the Raiders kept up their game, until Smithville tied it up and the game went to overtime. In extra time the Raiders ran out of gas and lost. Smithville would go on to win a silver medal with Villanova earning a bronze. The fact that WDSS played so closely against two medalists earned them a 5th place using the RPI.

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