girls soccer

Lady Gens soccer season ends with 1-0 loss at St. Joseph

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens are finished in the 2017 WECSSAA girls soccer playoffs but the team is still proud of its season.

The Lady Gens travelled to Windsor last Tuesday afternoon for a playoff match-up with the St. Joseph Lasers but fell short in a 1-0 decision. Despite the loss, the members of the team believed they played well and deserved a better fate.

“We were the better team. It was disappointing to see us lose,” said Jenna Fiala. “We couldn’t finish.”

Coach Mark Sweet said St. Joseph got a goal early and were able to defend the rest of the way.

“We dominated throughout,” said Sweet. “We couldn’t seal the deal. They got the lead and held it. Their defense was really strong.”

Vanessa Pidutti (right) heads up the field during recent action against Kingsville. The Lady Gens travelled to St. Joseph last week but lost 1-0 to end their season.

Vanessa Pidutti (right) heads up the field during recent action against Kingsville. The Lady Gens travelled to St. Joseph last week but lost 1-0 to end their season.

Victoria Iannucci said the team is looking forward to next season already.

“We can’t wait for next season and to improve (over this year),” she said.
Sweet said there were more positives than negatives this season, adding “it was a good group to work with” and that the girls always worked hard. They are only losing one player to graduation.

“The positives are that they are only going to get better,” he said.

“It was an all new team,” Fiala added. “We came together well. It was too short of a season.”

Goalkeeper Delilah Brouwer concluded: “Next season will be our season.”

Lady Gens end WECSSAA Tier 3 soccer season with 0-0 tie

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens finished the 2017 WECSSAA Tier 3 girls soccer regular season and were looking forward to the playoffs.

The Lady Gens finished 2-2-2 on the regular season after a 0-0 tie against Catholic Central last Thursday afternoon at the Libro Centre. The two teams didn’t combine for any goals but they definitely got wet as the game was played under cold and rain conditions.

Vanessa Pidutti (centre) tries to split through a pair of Catholic Central players during last Thursday’s game at the Libro Centre. The game was played in pouring rain.

Vanessa Pidutti (centre) tries to split through a pair of Catholic Central players during last Thursday’s game at the Libro Centre. The game was played in pouring rain.

“It was cold standing there,” said goalkeeper Delilah Brouwer, who picked up the shutout for General Amherst. “I hate playing in the rain.”

Brouwer voiced concern of the ball slipping through her wet gloves during a game like that. She did her best to stay warm and her play earned the praise of coach Mark Sweet after the game, particularly in light of the fact Brouwer has also been playing with a broken finger.

“It was really bad,” Brouwer said of the weather. “I just tried to move around. I kept my eye on the ball. It could be in my net in two seconds if I didn’t.”

Brouwer believed the Lady Gens are playing well and was hopeful that the team could do well in the playoffs.

Morgan Queen boots a corner kick last week.

Morgan Queen boots a corner kick last week.

“Lady Luck needs to come back to us,” said Sweet.

Sweet was pleased with the Lady Gens’ effort in the game against Catholic Central.

“I thought there were very few mistakes considering the weather conditions,” said Sweet.

While a 0-0 game “is never great,” Sweet said he was happy with how General Amherst performed. The playoffs opened yesterday, after this issue went to press, but Sweet said after last Thursday’s game they were looking to progress in the playoffs.

“We’re taking it game by game,” he said.

The playoff game was at St. Joseph. It was the first time all season that General Amherst played a road game as all six regular season games were on the turf field at the Libro Centre.

Lady Gens lose pair of tough games on the soccer pitch

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It was a difficult week for the General Amherst Lady Gens soccer team.

The Lady Gens fell short in a pair of one-goal matches, the most recent of which was a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Kingsville Cavaliers last Thursday afternoon at the Libro Centre.

General Amherst’s Olivia Aucoin brings the ball upfield during the Lady Gens' 2-1 loss to Kingsville April 27.

General Amherst’s Olivia Aucoin brings the ball upfield during the Lady Gens’ 2-1 loss to Kingsville April 27.

Vanessa Pidutti scored the lone goal for the Lady Gens.

“That was a very tough one,” said General Amherst coach Mark Sweet.

The Lady Gens had numerous opportunities to tie the game late but just couldn’t find a way to get the goal they needed.

“Lady Luck wasn’t with us today,” said Sweet.

General Amherst played great defensively, he added, and the offensive chances were there.

“We had enough to win the game,” said Sweet. “We take the wins with the losses and move on.”

The game two days earlier against the Leamington Lions followed the same pattern. Sweet said they had 13 attempts on the Leamington goal with the Lions only having two attempts but it was Leamington coming away with the 1-0 victory. That game was also played at the Libro Centre.

Morgan Queen takes a corner kick during second half action of a WECSSAA Tier 3 girls soccer game at the Libro Centre April 21.

Morgan Queen takes a corner kick during second half action of a WECSSAA Tier 3 girls soccer game at the Libro Centre April 21.

“I thought we were the better team on that day again,” said Sweet. “We can’t buy luck.”

The girls are working hard and remain determined, with Sweet saying the coaches can’t ask for more and that they are proud of them. They have to get the girls back up and ready to play their next game.

General Amherst, now 2-2-1 on the WECSSAA Tier 3 girls soccer season, conclude the regular season on their home turf Thursday at 4 p.m. versus the Catholic Central Comets.

General Amherst now 2-0-1 after tie against Cardinal Carter

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens settled for a 1-1 tie against Cardinal Carter last Tuesday but it was a tie they were happy to get.

The Lady Gens got a late goal from Madison Salvati to salvage the tie. Coach Mark Sweet said Cardinal Carter was a tough team and that the Lady Gens used a 2-4-2 formation for much of the game.

Sweet said he switched the formation to having three players in the back, five across the middle and two up top late in the game and it resulted in the goal.

Emma Blanchette carries the ball upfield for the General Amherst Lady Gens in recent game action (RTT File Photo)

Emma Blanchette carries the ball upfield for the General Amherst Lady Gens in recent game action (RTT File Photo)

“Taking a chance paid off,” said Sweet.

Cardinal Carter plays at a high level and scores a lot of goals, Sweet added. He noted that it was tough to get a rhythm going against the Cougars.

“The girls played absolutely fantastic,” said Sweet. “I was more than happy to take the draw.”

Sweet added that the Lady Gens play with a strong effort every time they take the field.

“They always play with a lot of heart and determination and I can’t ask more than that,” said Sweet.

The 2-0-1 start has pleased the team and they hope to build on it this week. According to the WECSSAA website, they were scheduled to have a home game Tuesday against the Leamington Lions. General Amherst will also host the Kingsville Cavaliers Thursday. Both games are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at the Libro Centre.

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.