St. Clair Saints Soccer Update September 26 2022

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St. Clair Women’s Soccer Earn First Win of Season

The St. Clair women’s soccer team earned their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon at Acumen Stadium at the Sportspark. The Saints had a solid 2-1 win over the Conestoga (Kitchener) Condors.

St. Clair got on the scoreboard first when Melissa Watson (London; Saunders Secondary) banged home a rebound off of a corner kick in the 26th minute. The  Condors tied things up at 1-1 in the 45th minute on a nice passing play. The first half was evenly played with Conestoga having 8 shot attempts compared to 7 for St. Clair. Athena Dimario Done (Windsor; St. Joseph’s) made 4 saves in the half while the Conestoga keeper made 5.

The second half was also played evenly by both teams. However, the Saints got the winning goal off of a free kick on a great shot by Jaclyn French (Windsor; FJ Brennan) in the 77th minute. St. Clair hung on for the rest of the game playing some great defense to secure the win.  Sydnie Lucier (Windsor; L’Essor) and Emma Riccardi (LaSalle; Sandwich Secondary) both had solid all around games for the St. Clair women.

The Saints are now 1-2-1 on the season and Conestoga dropped to 1-3-1. Conestoga was ranked 9th in Ontario heading into weekend action. The West Division standings are very tight early on with 6 more games remaining for St. Clair.

The Saints are back in action next Saturday and Sunday when they travel to the Toronto area to take on Humber and Sheridan.

Men’s Soccer Lose to Conestoga

The St. Clair men’s soccer team took on the Conestoga Condors from Kitchener on Saturday afternoon at Acumen Stadium at the Sportspark and suffered a tough 3-1 loss.

Unfortunately early in the game the Saints lost starting midfielder and captain Joao Pavia Santos (Brazil) to a major ankle injury for the game and season when he fell awkwardly after being challenged by a Conestoga player. The injury took all the energy out of the crowd and St. Clair team as an ambulance had to be called and the game was delayed for a lengthy period.

However, St. Clair managed to take the lead on a nice strike from distance by Alex Artico (Windsor; FJ Brennan) in the 24th minute assisted by Riley Drkulec (Belle River; St. Anne’s).

The Saints controlled most of the play for the first half but could not find another goal. St. Clair had 6 shot attempts compared to 2 for the Condors.

Conestoga had a better second half and took control of the game scoring 3 goals in 10 minutes. The Condors tied it up in the 58th minute after a mistake by the St. Clair keeper.  Conestoga took the lead 2-1 in the 65th minute on a great strike from distance. The Condors then went up 3-1 in the 68th minute after a nice pass and finish in close.

The Condors are now 4-0-1 and are ranked 5th in Ontario while the Saints dropped to 2-2 and are ranked 9th in Ontario.

The Saints are back in action next Saturday and Sunday when they travel to the Toronto area to take on Humber and Sheridan.

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