Saints Soccer Advance OCAA Final Four

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Huge Playoff Win for St. Clair Men’s Soccer

Oshawa, ON (Oct 23, 2021) The St. Clair men’s soccer team advanced to the OCAA Final Four Championship with a hard fought 2-1 win in penalty kicks on Saturday night in Oshawa. The Saints are hosting the Championship at Acumen Stadium on October 29th and 30th.

The Saints got off to a great start with a couple of good opportunities early but could not find the back of the net. St. Clair went up 1-0 in the 33rd minute on a nice goal by Massimo Pollard (Windsor; Holy Names) assisted by Evan Mendonca (Wallacetown; West Elgin). St. Clair got in trouble late in the first half when Mateo Grahovac (Windsor; Riverside) received his second yellow card of the half which meant the Saints had to play down a man for the next 76 minutes of play.

Durham managed to tie the game up in the 60th minute on a goal by Ryan Cullen. However the Saints continued to play well despite being down a man but could not get the go ahead goal in regulation or extra time. St. Clair had a 12-6 edge in shot attempts and a 14-3 advantage in corner kicks in the 120 minutes of play. The Durham keeper made 8 saves while St. Clair keeper Thomas Kogel (Windsor; St. Joseph’s) only had 2 saves regulation and extra time.

Despite not being too busy in the first 120 minutes of play Kogel stepped up huge in penalty kicks. Kogel stopped the second and third shooters for Durham and after Pollard, Carlos DaGloria (Leamington; Cardinal Carter), and Dillon Hayes (Amherstburg; General Amherst) scored on the first three penalties Mendonca banged one in off the post to secure the upset win for the Saints. Durham finished in first place in the OCAA East Division.

St. Clair also came up in the short end of some of the calls throughout the night earning 21 fouls compared to 8 for Durham and also getting 6 yellow cards while Durham had 4.

The Saints will now face the top ranked Humber Hawks on Friday, October 29 at 4 pm at the Sportspark. The winner of that match will advance to the Gold Medal Game on Saturday while the loser will play for Bronze. The gold and silver medalists will qualify for the CCAA National Championship being host in Calgary from November 10-13.

Humber finished in first place in the Central Division with a record of 5-0-1. The Saints were second in the West with a record of 4-2. The Hawks are ranked first in Ontario and in third Canada while St. Clair is currently ranked fifth in the OCAA.

St. Clair Women’s Soccer Lose Heartbreaker in Quarters

Kingston, ON (Oct 23, 2021) The St. Clair women’s soccer team travelled to Kingston on Saturday to take on the St. Lawrence Surge in OCAA Quarter final playoff action. The Saints played hard on the road but ended up losing the match by a score of 1-0 in overtime. St. Lawrence advances to the OCAA Final Four Championship with the win.

The Saints got off to a slow start in the match as the Surge had 8 shot attempts in the first half compared to only 2 for St. Clair. However, the score remained 0-0 thanks to a couple of nice saves by keeper Athena Dimario Done (Windsor; St. Joseph’s).

St. Clair picked their game up in the second half with a few more shot attempts but neither team could find the back of the goal sending the game into 30 minutes of overtime.

Unfortunately for the Saints the Surge snuck one past Dimario Done in the 96th minute to take the lead. St. Clair pushed hard to get the equalizer but the St. Lawrence defence held strong.

The St. Clair women ended the regular season with a record of 4 wins 1 loss and 1 tie and had a win and loss in the playoffs. The Saints women are currently ranked 5th in Ontario. The Surge were the first place team in the East Division with a record of 5 wins and a tie and are ranked 4th in Ontario.

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