girls soccer

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.

 

General Amherst starts girls soccer season in convincing fashion

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It was a strong start for the General Amherst Lady Gens soccer team.

The girls opened the 2016 WECSSAA Tier 3 season with a 14-0 win over Westview Freedom Academy last Thursday afternoon at the Libro Centre. While the result of the game was never in doubt, coach Lisa Voakes said it was still a good opportunity for the players to get comfortable with each other on the pitch as well as to get comfortable with their positions.

General Amherst's Kayla Fiala heads towards the Westview Freedom Academy goal during the Lady Gens' 14-0 win last Thursday.

General Amherst’s Kayla Fiala heads towards the Westview Freedom Academy goal during the Lady Gens’ 14-0 win last Thursday.

Despite a lopsided win in their first game, the Lady Gens are anticipating things to be tougher from here on out.

“We’re expecting even matches for most of the year,” said Voakes.

Voakes said they are starting the season with a Grade 9 goalie and with other young players in other positions, but also have some talented older players on the roster as well. She expects it to be a bit of a regrouping year

“It’s really a nice group of girls,” she said, adding the team isn’t as deep as she would like it.

The Lady Gens are at home this week with a 4 p.m. game Tuesday against Kingsville and a 2 p.m. Thursday game versus Catholic Central. The following week, they have 4 p.m. home games against Kennedy and Cardinal Carter before concluding the regular season in Leamington May 3.