Mark Sweet

Lady Gens advance in girls soccer playoffs



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Lady Gens soccer team entered the WECSSAA “AA” playoffs undefeated and won their first playoff game.

The final regular season game was May 8 at the Libro Centre and while they kept their undefeated season alive, they left somewhat disappointed with the outcome. The Lady Gens finished the regular season 6-0-2 with a 2-2 tie with Lamothe-Cadillac.

Madison Salvati and Vanessa Pidutti scored the goals for General Amherst.

Coach Mark Sweet said it was a harder than anticipated game for the Lady Gens.

“I think that’s a clear example of overconfidence,” he said.

Kennedy Gault boots the ball up the field during General Amherst’s game against Lamothe-Cadillac last Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Gens had to settle for a 2-2 tie in that game but their first playoff game was a 1-0 win over the Essex Red Raiders.

Sweet pointed out they still came out of the game undefeated but noted they were sluggish and slow to the ball at times against Lamothe-Cadillac.

“We were very reactive instead of proactive,” he said.

The Lady Gens made about three key mistakes, Sweet added, and two of them ended up in the net.

General Amherst’s Halle Higgins (right) brings the ball up the field during last Tuesday’s game at the Libro Centre against Lamothe-Cadillac. The Lady Gens settled for a 2-2 tie but rebounded with a 1-0 win over Essex two days later in their first playoff game.

“You win as a team and you lose as a team,” he added.

General Amherst opened the playoffs at home two days later against the visiting Essex Red Raiders. Amherst recorded a 1-0 win with Jenna Fiala scoring the game’s only goal. They advanced to play the Sandwich Sabres with that game being played in LaSalle this past Tuesday afternoon.

Lady Gens improve to 6-0-1 win win over Kennedy



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Lady Gens are still undefeated after a pair of wins on the soccer pitch last week.

The most recent win for the Lady Gens was a 3-0 defeat of the Kennedy Clippers on a wet Thursday afternoon at Windsor Stadium. General Amherst got a goal early in the game and sported a 1-0 halftime lead as the rain pounded down. The rain cleared as the second half began and the Lady Gens added a pair of goals in the final half to win the soccer game.

The win gave General Amherst six wins on the 2018 WECSSAA Tier 3 girls soccer season against no defeats and one tie (6-0-1).

General Amherst was missing some key players during last week’s game, as there were players away on a school leadership retreat.

Cassidy Zelle and Madison Salvati help Abby Orchard (centre) celebrate her second half goal in General Amherst’s May 3 win over Kennedy.

“We thought it was a solid game for a ten-lady team,” said coach Mark Sweet after last Thursday afternoon’s game. “Absolutely solid.”

Sweet said it was the fifth “clean sheet” of the season for goalkeeper Delilah Brouwer.

“The passing and movement was the best I’ve seen,” said Sweet. “The attitude from everyone (Thursday) was 100 per cent perfect.”

The team has also come together well and the girls are playing well as a unit, he added.

While many missed the game due to the leadership retreat, those who were still there showed leadership as well.

“We had leaders all over the field,” said Sweet.

Jenna Fiala (right)
battles for the ball against a Kennedy defender.

Jenna Fiala, one of the captains last Thursday afternoon, said the Lady Gens played well despite being short one player on the field throughout the game.

“I thought we underestimated what we could do as a team,” said Fiala. “I’m proud of my team.”

The Lady Gens were in Leamington last Tuesday afternoon and picked up a 4-2 victory over the Lions.

General Amherst concluded the regular season Tuesday, after this issue of the River Town Times went to press. They hosted Lamothe-Cadillac in a 3:15 p.m. game at the Libro Centre.

General Amherst girls improve to 3-0-1 on soccer season


By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Lady Gens are 3-0-1 on the WECSSAA Tier 3 girls soccer season after a pair of victories last week.

Vanessa Pidutti scored six of the seven goals the Lady Gens scored last week, including two in a 3-0 victory of Kingsville last Tuesday at the Libro Centre. Brittnee Meloche scored the other goal.

“It’s starting to come together,” said General Amherst coach Mark Sweet.

Sweet thought the girls played well though he believed they could have had even more goals if they converted the opportunities they had in front of the Kingsville net.

On Thursday, Pidutti scored all four goals in a 4-0 win over Essex. That game had been originally scheduled to be in Essex but wet field conditions resulted in the game being moved to Amherstburg.

Julia Pidutti goes after a ball during General Amherst’s 3-0 win over Kingsville last Tuesday afternoon at the Libro Centre. General Amherst won twice last week.

Delilah Brouwer picked up both shutouts in goal.

Sweet noted that Grade 9 players are competing with Grade 12 players but they are working well together though hopes they keep improving.

“They need to come out of their shells,” he said of the Grade 9 players. “They are part of the team.”

The Lady Gens were at home to Catholic Central Tuesday in a game played after the print issue of the River Town Times went to press. It is their only game this week. They play on the road in Leamington May 1 before playing against Kennedy at Windsor Stadium May 3.

General Amherst concludes the regular season at home with a game against Lamothe-Cadillac May 8.

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.

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.”