General Amherst

Lady Gens start off with two wins on soccer pitch

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens started off the 2017 girls soccer season on a good note with two victories last week.

After downing the Kennedy Clippers 7-4 last Tuesday, the Lady Gens returned to the Libro Centre field Thursday and downed Lamothe-Cadillac 4-0.

Jenna Fiala (right) tries to play the ball away from a pair of Lamothe-Cadillac defenders last Thursday afternoon at the Libro Centre. General Amherst won the girls soccer game 4-0.

Jenna Fiala (right) tries to play the ball away from a pair of Lamothe-Cadillac defenders last Thursday afternoon at the Libro Centre. General Amherst won the girls soccer game 4-0.

Vanessa Pidutti scored six of her team’s seven goals in the Kennedy game with Morgan Queen scoring the other. Pidutti scored again Thursday with Jenna Fiala, Emma Blanchette and Olivia Aucoin also scoring for the Lady Gens.

Delilah Brouwer picked up the shutout against Lamothe-Cadillac, the latter being a Francophone school located in west Windsor.

Vanessa Pidutti kicks the ball while being watched by a Lamothe-Cadillac defender last Thursday afternoon. She scored seven goals in her team’s first two games.

Vanessa Pidutti kicks the ball while being watched by a Lamothe-Cadillac defender last Thursday afternoon. She scored seven goals in her team’s first two games.

Coaches Mark Sweet and Lisa Voakes were pleased with how the Lady Gens performed in the first week of the season.

“They were really solid today,” Sweet said after Thursday’s win.

Sweet said the girls have a great attitude and praised their work ethic.

“They put in a lot of effort today,” said Sweet. “I am pleased with their determination. They are very hard working.”

Roughly half the team are new players with Sweet saying there are some travel and house league caliber players on there. Players vary in experience but Sweet said they aim to go as far as they can this season.

Brittnee Meloche inbounds a ball during first half action against Lamothe-Cadillac.

Brittnee Meloche inbounds a ball during first half action against Lamothe-Cadillac.

“All of the girls are easy to coach,” added Voakes. “Due to our work ethic, we expect them to do well this year.”

The Lady Gens are at home Tuesday against Cardinal Carter and they are at the Libro Centre again Thursday for a 4 p.m. game against the Leamington Lions.

 

Bulldogs improve to 4-0 on the WECSSAA Tier 2 boys soccer season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Another win, another shutout for the General Amherst boys soccer team.

The Bulldogs won 4-0 last Wednesday afternoon at the Libro Centre to stay undefeated on the 2017 season. Their record is also 4-0.

Cole Chittle tries to fight off a Herman player during first half action during a 4-0 Amherst win. The Bulldogs have won their first four games of the regular season.

Cole Chittle tries to fight off a Herman player during first half action during a 4-0 Amherst win. The Bulldogs have won their first four games of the regular season.

Brock Beaudoin, Michael Nasello, Aaron Brush and Christian Sweet scored Wednesday against Herman with Griffin Muzzin picking up his third shutout of the year.

“I think the boys played well,” said Nasello. “It was nice to get the 4-0 win.”

Nasello said they entered the season thinking it would be a developmental year but the team is meshing together well so far.

“The team is stepping up. Everyone is doing their part. Everyone is doing an equal share. Everyone is playing well,” said Nasello.

Coach Gavin Blunt pointed out it was their final home game of the regular season, and the Bulldogs were undefeated at home.

General Amherst’s Michael Nasello heads up the field for a scoring chance during his team’s 4-0 victory over Herman last Wednesday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

General Amherst’s Michael Nasello heads up the field for a scoring chance during his team’s 4-0 victory over Herman last Wednesday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

“I thought we played a flawless game,” said Blunt.

“The boys are playing well, they are playing smart,” added assistant coach Spencer Petrozzi.

The team has scored 12 goals through its first four games and only allowed one, with none in the last three.

“We hope to end on a strong note,” added Blunt. “Everyone is clicking right now.”

Nasello is playing well, he added, as is Nate Salvati. Salvati is one of the Bulldogs’ main defenders and a big reason the team has three straight shutouts.

“He’s our rock back there,” said Blunt.

General Amherst plays today (Wednesday) at the University of Windsor’s Alumni Field against Assumption and concludes the regular season in Belle River next Monday. Both games are at 4 p.m.

Bulldogs start WECSSAA soccer season on a good note

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It has been a positive start for the General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys soccer team.

The Bulldogs opened the season last Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over the Leamington Lions. General Amherst got goals from Kieron Sweet and Connor Pike in that win. Two days later, the Sandwich Sabres came to the Libro Centre with the Bulldogs winning 2-0.

General Amherst’s Michael Nasello (left) battles for a ball with a Sandwich player during Thursday afternoon’s WECSSAA Tier 2 boys soccer game at the Libro Centre. The Bulldogs won 2-0.

General Amherst’s Michael Nasello (left) battles for a ball with a Sandwich player during Thursday afternoon’s WECSSAA Tier 2 boys soccer game at the Libro Centre. The Bulldogs won 2-0.

The latter game saw Cole Zelle and Michael Nasello score for the Bulldogs with Griffin Muzzin picking up the shutout in goal. Thursday’s game was played in difficult weather conditions with cold winds, rain and sleet having to be endured by players, coaches, referees and fans alike.

“We started off the way we wanted to start off,” said coach Gavin Blunt, after Thursday’s game.

The team is young this season, with a number of Grade 12 players last year graduating. The players are all Grade 11 and younger this year, he said.

“We don’t have one Grade 12 player,” said Blunt.

Despite that, they have a number of returning players from last year.

“They are young but they are experienced,” he said.

The team has been capitalizing on its chances so far this season and playing solid defensively. They are showing good internal leadership, said Blunt, and thus far the results have been good.

“We have a good core group of kids from last year,” he said.

General Amherst’s Brock Beaudoin goes up to head a ball against Sandwich last Thursday afternoon. At right is Amherst’s Aaron Brush (6). General Amherst won 2-0 on a cold, wet day at the Libro Centre.

General Amherst’s Brock Beaudoin goes up to head a ball against Sandwich last Thursday afternoon. At right is Amherst’s Aaron Brush (6). General Amherst won 2-0 on a cold, wet day at the Libro Centre.

The coaches didn’t expect to have as strong of a team as they appear to have but some of the players’ talents have been coming out since the first practice. He said expectations weren’t as high when practice began but players have been showing “hidden potential” as the season moves along.

“We’re still going to try and go as far as we can and make a deep run in the playoffs,” said Blunt.

General Amherst improved to 3-0 on the 2017 season with a 4-0 win over Lajeunesse Monday afternoon at home. Michael Nasello scored three times and Kieron Sweet scored the other.

The Bulldogs’ next game is Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Libro Centre against the Herman Green Griffins.

Lady Gens hockey season comes to an end

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens hockey season has come to an end.

The Lady Gens were defeated in two straight games by L’Essor with the second game being in Tecumseh last Wednesday. General Amherst lost 3-2 in the second game, with L’Essor winning the WECSSAA AA championship as a result.

Assistant coach Dan Pettypiece said L’Essor built a 3-0 lead though noted the Lady Gens were almost able to tie the score. General Amherst scored with six minutes left and again a few minutes later but were unable to find the elusive tying goal.

“We almost tied it up. We had some chances,” said Pettypiece.

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With goalie Megan Wismer on the bench late in the game for an extra attacker, Pettypiece said he counted at least two or three good chances.

When the score was 1-0, Pettypiece said they almost tied it at that point but captain Emily Hamelin was turned aside by a great save by the L’Essor goalie. Hamelin did score later in the game, as did Jaycie Stanek.

“With only 11 skaters and you shorten your bench, if your better players are not getting any luck or bounces, it can be tough to come back,” said Pettypiece.

It was emotional after the game, as this was the final high school game for five key players including Savannah Bouzide, Wismer, Katie Stevenson, Brianne Fields and Emily Hamelin. Pettypiece added that head coach Scott Hamelin also announced he wasn’t going to come back next year.

“That’s a big five,” said Pettypiece. “That’s the core of the team the last four years.”

The Lady Gens have been to the WECSSAA AA finals the last four years in large part due to the efforts of those players.

“That’s pretty tough to do,” he said. “They’ve got a lot to be proud of.”

General Amherst does return some talented players as well and they will try and keep the finals streak going. Pettypiece said the last four years have shown girls can come to General Amherst and play competitive hockey and there are more good players coming through the hockey system.

The last four years “kind of brought the program to the forefront,” said Pettypiece.

Lady Gens start WECSSAA finals with a loss

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens didn’t start the WECSSAA AA girls hockey final the way they wanted but will look to regroup this week.

The Lady Gens hosted L’Essor Monday afternoon at the Libro Centre in Game 1 of the finals but lost 3-1. Cate Hubbell’s goal with just 33.2 seconds left in the third period was the lone goal for Amherst.

“They seemed to be fighting the puck today,” said assistant coach Dan Pettypiece. “We didn’t get any flow going.”

The players have to understand they will no longer have the time and space they had earlier in the season against weaker teams and have to bear down and make good plays with the puck. They can’t get down on themselves and have to take the extra half-second to make the play instead of rushing with the puck.

The Lady Gens hadn’t allowed a goal in the playoffs until Monday and Pettypiece said they can’t just expect goalie Megan Wismer to carry them every night. Other players have to step up as well.

General Amherst's Katie Stevenson (15, yellow jersey) pulls away from Leamington defenders during semi-final action last Wednesday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

General Amherst’s Katie Stevenson (15, yellow jersey) pulls away from Leamington defenders during semi-final action last Wednesday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

General Amherst made it to the finals thanks to a two-game sweep in the WECSSAA semi-finals. The Lady Gens polished off the Leamington Lions in the semi-finals last Wednesday at the Libro Centre after winning Game 1 in Leamington a week earlier.

Much like they did the previous week in Leamington, the Lady Gens got a goal from Savannah Bouzide and a shutout from goalie Megan Wismer and won a 1-0 decision. Bouzide’s goal in the second game of the best-of-three series came late in the second period.

“It feels awesome,” said captain Emily Hamelin after beating Leamington. “They were really close games.”

Emily said they went the extra mile and drove to the net but said they need to get more shots and work harder at getting the puck out of their own end in an effort to generate more offense.

The Lady Gens were thrilled about getting back to the WECSSAA final for the fourth straight year.

“No one really thought we could get here,” said Emily.

Amherst head coach Scott Hamelin said the girls earned the trip to the finals. He said they played their best hockey of the second game against the Lions in the third period.

The entire team, from the Grade 9 players to the Grade 12 players, all pulled together, Scott added.

“They all did their part and they all competed well,” he said.

Wismer played well and that helped them overcome a very good Leamington team, Scott stated. He said the team showed a lot of character and it paid off.

They need to stop panicking with the puck and be less nervous with it, he added, and that will help them get the puck out of their zone and create offense. Simplifying and taking care of their own end will translate into good things, he said.

Winning games like the two against Leamington will help in the long run, Scott said after last Wednesday’s game, as it gives the players more experience on what to do in pressure situations.

“This team always finds a way to win,” he said after the Leamington series.

Game 2 against L’Essor will be in Tecumseh today and Game 3, if necessary, will be at the Libro Centre Thursday at 2:30 p.m.