Gaels senior girls, boys advance to day two of EOSSAA soccer

Tournament continues Wednesday in Alexandria with playoff round

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Both senior soccer teams, girls and boys, from Glengarry District High School will play on the second day of the EOSSAA ‘A’ tournament in Alexandria, following successful efforts on the pitch today at Island Park.

The girls continued their strong combination of offence and defence, allowing nary a goal while scoring 16 in their two games. Glengarry, which has surrendered just one goal all spring (league regular season and playoffs, and now EOSSAA), pounded the Ernestown Secondary School Eagles (from Odessa) 12-0 to kickoff play, following that up with a 4-0 result over the Mackenzie Community School Mustangs (Deep River).

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Gaels senior girls push the offence against Mackenzie. (Sean Bray photo)

Reflecting on the strong day for the Gaels, coach Kathleen Tonkin said she was “super proud” of the girls, adding that the key was the Glengarry players “moved the ball around a lot” keeping the opposition on their toes.

GDHS finished first in its pool (2-0), with Mackenzie second (1-1). The Mustangs blanked the Eagles 4-0 in their other game to finish second. Both teams advance to day two.

In the other pool, the Notre Dame Catholic High School Celtic Warriors (from Carleton Place) went two and oh on the day, scoring 7-1 and 4-2 wins, to take first, while St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School Ravens (Russell) were one and one, their win coming against the Rideau District High School Lions (Elgin), 4-0.

The girls EOSSAA semifinals will start play on May 24, kicking off at 9 a.m. Glengarry will square off against St. Thomas on the north field, while on the south pitch Notre Dame will entertain Mackenzie.

Winners of those matches will battle for the EOSSAA championship at noon.

The Gaels entered the tournament as the top seed, with the Warriors ranked second.

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The Boys

As for the boys, the Gaels are defending EOSSAA champs, having won the event when it was last held in 2019. That year, the boys went on to win gold at OFSAA as well.

In 2022, though, Glengarry was seeded third in the SDGAA playoffs, bounced in semifinal action last week by La Citadelle.

Ironically, their path to playing at this year’s EOSSAA tournament is thanks to those very same Patriotes, well technically their school board, which pulled the plug on the squad’s participation. Gaels coach (and EOSSAA convenor) Glen Campbell got the call late Monday night, leaving an opening in the schedule, which the Glengarry boys filled.

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The Gaels put on the offensive pressure in front of the Mackenzie goal box. (Sean Bray photo)

In what Campbell described as one of his squad’s best games of the season, the Gaels started their day with a 1-1 decision against second-ranked St. Mary Catholic High School (Brockville). Later, Glengarry played to a 3-3 result with Mackenzie, the fourth seed.

Their two ties were enough to secure second place in the pool, while the Crusaders took first as they beat the Mustangs 4-3 in their other game.

The opposite pool featured top-ranked École secondaire publique Le Sommet, from Hawkesbury, which went one and one on the day. The Jaguars overpowered Notre Dame 7-2, but were felled 4-2 by the SDGAA champion Dragons from Cornwall’s École secondaire publique L'Héritage to end up second in the pool. The Dragons prevailed in their other game, dominating the Warriors 7-0 to grab first place.

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The Dragons (purple) battle the Jaguars (blue). (Sean Bray photo)

Those results set the stage for interesting match-ups on day two, with EOSSAA semifinal play booked to start at 10:30 a.m.

On the north field, league rivals L'Héritage and Glengarry will collide, while on the south pitch, St. Mary and Le Sommet will duel.

The boys championship is booked for a 12:30 p.m. start.

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