Lady Gens win one, tie one in opening week of girls soccer season



By Ron Giofu


The first week of the WECSSAA Tier 3 girls soccer season is in the books and General Amherst remains undefeated.

The Lady Gens opened the season April 10 at the Libro Centre with a 1-0 victory over Walkerville. Vanessa Pidutti scored the lone goal for General Amherst with Delilah Brouwer picking up the shutout in goal.

General Amherst hosted first place Cardinal Carter last Wednesday afternoon and while things started well for the Lady Gens, they had to settle for a tie. A first half goal and a goal early in the second half – both scored by Morgan Queen – put the Lady Gens up 2-0 but Brianna Zakaria and Abby DiLaudo scored later in the second half for Cardinal Carter and the game ended 2-2.

General Amherst coach Mark Sweet said the Lady Gens played well and he was happy with effort, although a bit disappointed with the outcome.

“It feels like a loss, but I couldn’t ask for anything more,” said Sweet. “The other team wanted it more in the second half.”

Vanessa Pidutti (left) battles for the ball April 12 against Cardinal Carter.

“We’re really happy with the team,” added assistant coach Lisa Voakes. “We outplayed (the opposition) both games.”

Sweet added that the Lady Gens gave it all they had and managed to hold a strong Cardinal Carter team to a tie.

There are new faces on this year’s General Amherst girls team and Sweet pointed out they are playing a different formation this season. The new formation is due to the new personnel, but it also gives more players an opportunity to get playing time, he said.

Voakes called this year’s squad “a great, well-rounded team” and one of the best girls teams General Amherst has had for a number of years. Sweet noted that Amherstburg develops a lot of quality athletes.

General Amherst was at home Tuesday against the Kingsville Cavaliers, after the April 18 edition of the RTT went to press. The Lady Gens are in Essex Thursday for a 4 p.m. game against the Red Raiders.

General Amherst ousted by Kennedy in chaotic soccer playoff game



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs boys soccer team have been eliminated from the WECSSAA “AA” soccer playoffs by the Kennedy Clippers in a game that left a bad taste in the Bulldogs’ mouths.

By the time last Thursday afternoon’s game at the Libro Centre ended, both goalies had been ejected, parents had come onto the field and others ejected, and a dispute over how much time was thought to be left on the clock when the referee blew the final whistle.

General Amherst’s Aaron Brush kicks the ball up the field during last Thursday against Kennedy. Amherst lost 2-1 in the WECSSAA “AA” playoff game.

General Amherst’s Aaron Brush kicks the ball up the field during last Thursday against Kennedy. Amherst lost 2-1 in the WECSSAA “AA” playoff game.

General Amherst coach Gavin Blunt said he didn’t want blame the officiating for the loss but wanted to focus on his own team’s effort.

“I thought we played a hard fought game and we ended up with some tough calls against us,” said Blunt, after the 2-1 loss.

Blunt said there were points where he felt the Bulldogs outplayed Kennedy but couldn’t convert their chances.

“It was a very tough game to coach. It was a tough battle,” said Blunt. “The boys played well.”

Kieron Sweet scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs.

Assistant coach Spencer Petrozzi also said he didn’t want to concentrate on the officiating, and agreed that the Bulldogs played well despite the final score.

“The boys played hard. They battled right to the end,” said Petrozzi. “We’re very proud of the boys. They battled.”

General Amherst's Brock Beaudoin (left) wins a race to the ball but the Bulldogs lost the game 2-1 to Kennedy.

General Amherst’s Brock Beaudoin (left) wins a race to the ball but the Bulldogs lost the game 2-1 to Kennedy.

All of the players are eligible to return next season and they hope the 2018 season will be better. Blunt said the 2017 season was still a good one.

“It was a great season,” he added. “It was an unfortunate way to end an undefeated season in a game like this. It was chaotic and unorganized. There were scrums at times.”

Blunt noted “we played a really good team” and Petrozzi also noted the Bulldogs had their chances.

Bulldogs hit the road for a pair of boys soccer games



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs finished the regular season on the road over the past week.

The first game was Wednesday afternoon at the University of Windsor’s Alumni Field against the Assumption Purple Raiders. Amherst started slow and improved as the game went on but had to settle for a 0-0 tie.

The tie snapped a four-game winning streak for the Bulldogs.

Donald LaChance heads the ball upfield during WECSSAA boys soccer action last Wednesday. General Amherst tied Assumption 0-0.

Donald LaChance heads the ball upfield during WECSSAA boys soccer action last Wednesday. General Amherst tied Assumption 0-0.

Both teams had to contend with poor weather at points, with pouring rain and a lightning delay arising at different moments in the game.

Head coach Gavin Blunt pointed out that the scoreless tie was “not the ideal result” and pointed out they didn’t have a good first half.

“We were looking to win,” said Blunt. “We played down to their level in the first half. In the second half, the boys played well. The boys started running.”

“We got caught watching the ball early on,” added assistant coach

Blunt said the Bulldogs had their chances in the second half.

General Amherst's Michael Nasello sprints towards a loose ball during second half action against Assumpton April 19.

General Amherst’s Michael Nasello (right, yellow jersey) sprints towards a loose ball during second half action against Assumpton April 19.

“We definitely outshot them and out-chanced them,” he said. “We didn’t get the bounces.”

The game was called with about three minutes to play. The referee blew play dead for the second time due to lightning and after a huddle with coaches from both teams, the game ended though some on the Bulldogs wanted to have another 30-minute delay and finish the game.

“In my mind, I still think we’re the best team in the tier,” Blunt said after Wednesday’s game.

The Bulldogs concluded the regular season Monday afternoon with a 6-1 win at Belle River. The win meant General Amherst finished the 2017 WECESSAA Tier 2 regular season with a 5-0-1 record.


OCAA Women’s Soccer Championship runs from today through Saturday at Libro Centre

Special to the RTT

The St. Clair College Department of Athletics is set to host the 2016 Belairdirect OCAA Women’s Soccer Championship.

The event will take place at the Libro Centre in Amherstburg today through Saturday. The final eight format will feature the top eight women’s soccer teams in Ontario with the winner advancing to the CCAA Nationals in Montreal.

As host of the event, the St. Clair Saints are automatically entered into the event. The first place team in each of the three divisions also earned automatic entry into the event.

The event will kicked off with the championship awards banquet at the Holiday Inn Ambassador Bridge Wednesday night.

The first day of play will be highlighted with a short opening ceremony prior to St. Clair’s first match at 6 p.m. Thursday. This game will feature pre-game and halftime entertainment by the Diplomats Drum and Bugle Corps.  Members of the Amherstburg Minor Soccer Association will be helping out through the Championship as well.

2016-17 OCAA Soccer

St. Clair finished in second place in the OCAA West Division with a record of seven wins, one loss and two ties. St. Clair is led offensively by Kaitlyn Austin who has scored 14 goals in nine matches.

The Saints will have their work cut out for them in their opening quarterfinal match against the Humber Hawks. Humber is ranked fourth in Ontario and 14th in Canada. The Hawks finished in second place in the Central Division with a record of 7-1-2.

Tickets are $5 for a day pass or $10 for a tournament pass. St. Clair Students and children under 12 are admitted for free.  Tickets will be available at the gate each day. Advance ticket sales will be available at the Sportsplex and Libro Centre. Alcohol and food sales will take place throughout the entire event at the soccer pitch.

All  matches will be live streamed on .

The complete schedule for the Championships is as follows:   Thursday, Oct. 27

9 a.m. – Game 1 Quarterfinal Fanshawe vs. Cambrian

12 p.m. – Game 2 Quarterfinal Algonquin vs. Mohawk

3 p.m. – Game 3 Quarterfinal Seneca vs. St. Lawrence Kingston

6 p.m. – Game 4 Quarterfinal St. Clair vs. Humber

Friday, Oct. 28

9 a.m. – Game 5 Consolation Semi- Final (Loser 1 vs. Loser 2)

12 p.m. – Game 6 Consolation Semi- Final (Loser 3 vs. Loser 4)

3 p.m. – Game 7 SEMI-FINAL (Winner 1 vs. Winner 2)

6 p.m. – Game 8 SEMI- FINAL (Winner 3 vs. Winner 4)

Saturday, Oct. 29

9 a.m. – Game 9 CONSOLATION FINAL (Winner 5 vs. Winner 6)

12 p.m. – Game 10 BRONZE MEDAL MATCH (Loser 7 vs. Loser 8)

3 p.m. – Game 11 GOLD MEDAL MATCH (Winner 7 vs. Winner 8)

OCAA women’s soccer championships coming to Libro Centre Oct. 27-29


Special to the RTT

St. Clair College and the Department of Athletics and Recreation are excited to announce they have been selected to host two OCAA Provincial Championships for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

The Saints will be hosting the women’s soccer and women’s volleyball championships. The women’s soccer championship will take place at the Libro Credit Union Centre in Amherstburg from Oct. 27-29. This event will feature the top eight teams in the province competing for a spot at the CCAA Nationals in Quebec from Nov. 9-12. The town of Amherstburg is looking forward to hosting the event and has been a huge supporter in the bid process.

As host of the event St. Clair will receive an automatic entry into the championship. The women’s soccer program is coming off their best season in 16 years winning OCAA bronze.  St. Clair finished the regular season with a record of 9-1 and tied for first place in the OCAA West Division. Saint’s head coach Steve Vagnini was very excited to hear the bid had been approved.

“This is one of the best things to happen to women’s soccer at St Clair because we will be hosting the best of the best and the winner gets to go nationals. That’s the level of competition we want to be involved with,” said Vagnini.

StClair athletics
The women’s volleyball Championship will take place at the St. Clair College SportsPlex from Feb. 24-26.  This event will also showcase the top eight teams in the OCAA battling for provincial supremacy to earn a spot at the CCAA Nationals in British Columbia from March 8-11. Similar to soccer the Saints will have a guaranteed spot in this prestigious event. The St. Clair women’s team is coming off of a solid season under first year Head Coach Jimmy El-Turk finishing with a record of 10-8 and tied for 4th place in the OCAA West Division.

The Saints made the playoffs but lost in the first round.
El-Turk was ecstatic when informed St. Clair’s bid was approved. “I could not be more excited for St. Clair to be hosting provincials. I was at the college for the men’s provincial championship and the atmosphere was one of the best I’ve experienced in sport. To have our athletes participate in that type of an environment on our home floor is going to be an amazing experience for them. It will be a great opportunity for us to showcase the college, as well as our volleyball program and what we have to offer.”

St. Clair College has most recently hosted the CCAA Women’s Basketball Nationals this past March and the OCAA men’s volleyball Championships in Feb. 2015.  Both events received rave reviews from all participants, fans, and coaches.