It's OFSAA bronze for GDHS senior girls soccer team
Gaels snag provincial bronze over EOSSAA rival Mackenzie
Glengarry District High School has another provincial soccer medal, as the senior girls are OFSAA bronze medallists for 2022.
The Gaels snagged the medal, to finish as the province’s third-ranked ‘A’ senior girls soccer team, with a victory over EOSSAA rival, Mackenzie Community School (from Deep River), 3-0.
Of note, Glengarry also squared off with the Mustangs for the EOSSAA championship, with the Gaels winning 6-0.
As for the OFSAA bronze medal match, played on June 4, Mya Campbell scored twice and Nadia Jeaurond added a single to account for the Glengarry offence. Cassie Mcintosh was the goalkeeper who backstopped the shutout win.
As coach Kathleen Tonkin puts it, “Two EOSSA teams meeting in the bronze medal game at OFSAA is excellent.”
Our regional high school sports body has had much success at OFSAA in recent years for senior girls soccer, with three of the previous five gold medallists hailing from EOSSAA, including GDHS which won gold in 2015.
The Saturday afternoon win followed a morning loss in the semifinal, the Gaels’ only defeat the entire spring, when Glengarry was felled 3-1 by Smithville Christian High School (from near Grimsby), the team that topped the entire 20-school competition with 21 goals in their four preliminary matches. For comparison, Glengarry outscored its opponents 10 to 1 in its four pool games.
Coach Tonkin tells me that her Gaels held possession in the attacking zone for “probably 55-60 percent” of the playing time, so the loss was a particular “heartbreaker.” She adds that the Gaels matched up well “but just couldn’t put it in the net.”
The lone marker was notched by Kayla McPherson.
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The other semifinal saw Mackenzie blanked by Lord Dorchester Secondary School, the eventual OFSAA gold medallists, 3-0. Smithfield took OFSAA silver.
For details on days one and two, please see these earlier stories:
The OFSAA senior girls soccer tournament was last held in pre-pandemic 2019 when Cornwall’s École secondaire La Citadelle won gold as the EOSSAA representative.
Looking back on the Gaels’ season, the girls amassed a combined record of 19 wins, 1 loss, and 2 draws.
Unbeaten in SDGAA league play (8 wins, 1 draw with Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School) and zero goals allowed
One goal allowed in SDGAA playoffs, in the championship match with Char-Lan District High School
Four wins at EOSSAA en route to winning the title, with one goal allowed to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School (Russell) in the semifinal
Five wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss at OFSAA en route to capturing bronze
Three members of the Gaels offer their thoughts on the OFSAA experience and the soccer season.
Brianne Bellefeuille: “The days playing with the team were so much fun! I think we did amazing working together to achieve to where we got … bronze may not be what we wanted but it is such a great achievement to have! I’m so happy to have had a chance to make so many memories with the girls!”
Mya Campbell: “I had an amazing experience at OFSAA with my team! We all played so well, and I think I speak for everyone when I say we’re very proud of ourselves for how far we came. It was great spending time with our team on and off the field.”
Graduating player Kayla McPherson: “After having no sports for the last few years and now being a graduating student, I am truly so grateful and proud of our team for carrying us through this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am simply beyond happy that I got to end the season and year with this amazing team and I couldn’t be more proud of getting the bronze medal!”