Women Advance To OCAA Soccer Playoffs

Photo by John Skinner.

St Clair and Redeemer battled it out on Saturday with the Saints keeping a clean sheet at 4-nil.
Photo by John Skinner.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(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.

The St Clair trainer has a look at a the bloody nose of Carly Malenfant during a raucous affair against Fanshawe. Photo by John Skinner.

The St Clair trainer has a look at a the bloody nose of Carly Malenfant during a raucous affair against Fanshawe, Tuesday evening.
Photo by John Skinner.

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.

Photo by John Skinner.

Saints keeper Katrina Arnold gathers the ball in to turn away the Fanshawe attack.
Photo by John Skinner.

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.

Photo by John Skinner.

A Redeemer player is too late with the tackle as the Saints scored four against the Royals for their 9th win of the season.
Photo by John Skinner.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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