Stellar second day of play at OFSAA for GDHS senior girls soccer team
Gaels finish first in their pool and win quarterfinal match to advance to Saturday's medal round
Friday was a busy day for the Glengarry District High School senior girls soccer team at the provincial championships in the Windsor area, where the Gaels had to take to the pitch three times, including for an evening quarterfinal match-up with École secondaire catholique Sainte-Trinité (from Oakville).
Sainte-Trinité finished second in Pool B after preliminary play, while the Gaels topped Pool A, setting up the cross-over game with a berth in the medal round on the line.
GDHS coach Kathleen Tonkin tells me that “the quarterfinal game tonight was a grind,” describing the opponent as a “very skilled team.”
The Gaels prevailed 3-2 on the strength of goals Mya Campbell, Jada Campbell, and Nadia Jeaurond. It was the first time all spring that the Glengarry girls had allowed two goals against in a match, this one being their fifth in two days at OFSAA.
They began day two action with their third preliminary round contest, taking on Lakefield College, which entered the game having won twice on opening day, as the Gaels did. (See this previous story for day one details.)
Coach Tonkin notes this was “a tough one” but the Gaels notched the win, 2-1. Scoring were Mya Campbell and Brianna Bellefeuille. The victory secured first place in Pool A with one game remaining. This allowed the team some breathing room and the opportunity to rest some legs.
The final match of the opening round pitted Glengarry against École secondaire catholique Saint-Jean-de-Brébeuf (Welland), finishing as a scoreless draw. Maya Fitzpatrick was the Gaels goalkeeper for this one.
In other notes following the completion of pool play, the Gaels finished with 10 points, edging Lakefield (9). Glengarry outscored its opponents 10 to 1.
Mackenzie Community School (Deep River) competed in Pool C and finished first as well, scoring 14 goals while surrendering none.
Smithville Christian High School (from near Grimsby) topped all teams with 21 goals scored.
Then Mackenzie Mustangs won their quarterfinal last night, blanking North Lambton Secondary School (Forest) 5-0.
Other quarterfinals saw Lord Dorchester Secondary School take down Lakefield College 4-0, while Smithville Christian shut out Nicholson Catholic College (Belleville) 3-0.
The stage was then set, with the GDHS senior girls soccer team as one of the province’s top four squads heading into Saturday semifinal action, along with Mackenzie, Lord Dorchester, and Smithville Christian.
The last time this OFSAA ‘A’ senior girls soccer tournament was held was in pre-pandemic 2019, when Cornwall’s École secondaire La Citadelle won gold as the EOSSAA representative. In fact, EOSSAA reps won three of the last five events, with École secondaire catholique Le Relais (Alexandria) taking gold in 2017, and Glengarry District High School winning the title in 2015.