(WINDSOR, ON) – With a 4-0 Saturday defeat of the Redeemer Royals in Ancaster, the St Clair Saints women set the stage for a 1st place showdown with Fanshawe yesterday evening at the Main Campus.
St Clair’s Tiffany Trembley got the ball rolling early by finding the back of the Redeemer goal in the 4th minute. Her strike was followed up less than 30 minutes later when Bella Riccardi advanced the Saints by 2.
St Clair continued the pace in the 2nd half when Kaitlyn Austin staked the visitors to a 3-nil lead, 8 minutes in. Melanie Daniel completed the route when she scored five minutes from time, helping to preserve the shutout for Katrina Arnold.
Despite the ninth win of the season, St Clair still found themselves ranked 2nd in the province and 7th nationally, entering Tuesday’s match against the Falcons. In their previous meeting this season, St Clair edged Fanshawe by a score of 2-1, in London, on October 8.
With the Saints needing a win or a draw to earn a bye to the OCAA championships, fourth-ranked Fanshawe and St Clair battled it out in a rough and sometimes bloody affair.
The Saints pulled ahead in the shortly before the end of the 1st half when Austin buried the ball. St Clair suffered a let down, after narrowly missing a chance to rise up 2-nil, when Fanshawe took advantage to draw even on a tally by Jade Kovacevic.
The Falcons striker then potted three more goals to put the match out of reach for St Clair. Kovacevic’s last goal was her 26th in 10 games and set a new OCAA record.
The Saints completed the regular season with a 9-1 standing and tied for top spot on the ladder, with Fanshawe, but the tie-breaker gives the nod to the Falcons. The Green and Gold will now host Niagara on October 24 in a cross-over playoff, in Windsor. The winner will advance to the championships being held in Peterborough next week.