Lisa Voakes

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.

 

Lady Gens bounced from WECSSAA girls soccer playoffs

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens soccer season is over but their coach is still happy with how they played.

The Amherst girls lost 1-0 to the Essex Red Raiders last Tuesday afternoon with a second half goal from Vanessa Gualdieri giving the home side the win. The Red Raiders had the advantage in shots as well during the game and were the favourites coming in.

“They held their own,” General Amherst coach Lisa Voakes said of her team. “Deliliah (Brouwer) made a lot of saves (in goal). Our defense covered a lot too,” said Voakes.

Voakes said she was proud of the way the Lady Gens played. She noted Essex had more opportunities to score but Amherst kept them to a 1-0 final.

“It was a good ending to a really good season,” said Voakes. “I’m very satisfied with the season.”

Madison Salvati (foreground, right) attempts to steal the ball away from an Essex player during WECSSAA AA playoff action May 10. Essex defeated General Amherst 1-0.

Madison Salvati (foreground, right) attempts to steal the ball away from an Essex player during WECSSAA AA playoff action May 10. Essex defeated General Amherst 1-0.

A pair of sisters were credited for helping the Lady Gens progress this season, as they had a 3-2-1 regular season record.

“Kayla and Jenna Fiala really helped maintain the centre of the field and keep it covered,” said Voakes.

Kayla Fiala, Kristen Allen and Felicia Varacalli played their final game as Lady Gens Tuesday afternoon.

“We will miss them for sure,” said Voakes.

The team had a good group of Grade 9 players, she added, and that most of the other players are expected to return as well.

“I’m looking forward to next year,” said Voakes.

The boys team is also finished, as they dropped a 2-1 decision at L’Essor in their first playoff game May 5.

Lady Gens improve record to 3-1-1 on WECSSAA soccer season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens are now 3-1-1 on the WECSSAA Tier 3 girls soccer season after a tie and a win last week.

The Lady Gens opened the week with a 2-2 tie with the Kennedy Clippers at the Libro Centre and returned home Thursday where they scored a 2-1 win over Cardinal Carter. Felicia Varacalli opened the scoring in the first half for the Lady Gens only to have the Cougars tie it in the second half.

Vanessa Pidutti outraces a Cardinal Carter defender to the ball during Amherst's 2-2 tie with Cardinal Carter April 28.

Vanessa Pidutti outraces a Cardinal Carter defender to the ball during Amherst’s 2-1 win over Cardinal Carter April 28.

However, shortly after Cardinal Carter’s goal, Varacalli scored again to give General Amherst the win.

“That was the best passing we’ve done all season,” said Lady Gens’ coach Lisa Voakes.

In addition to praising Varacalli for scoring twice, Voakes noted Grade 9 student Kayci Kelly played well defensively.

“Felicia took advantage of a couple of really nice crosses,” she said.

Voakes said adding a third tier has made a big difference, as most games have been close and competitive.

Felicia Varacalli and Morgan Queen celebrate Varacalli’s second half goal. The goal would prove to be the game winner in Amherst's 2-1 win at the Libro Centre April 28.

Felicia Varacalli and Morgan Queen celebrate Varacalli’s second half goal. The goal would prove to be the game winner in Amherst’s 2-1 win at the Libro Centre April 28.

“It’s made for a much more enjoyable season,” said Voakes. “It’s led to better competition, better passing and better opportunities. As a result, it has strengthened our team. It’s been really enjoyable and a lot of fun.”

Even the Lady Gens loss, a 2-1 defeat to Catholic Central April 21, was a close game. Voakes said they had their opportunities in that game as well.

“Even our loss wasn’t defeating,” she said.

The Lady Gens concluded the regular season with their lone road game of the year in Leamington.

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.