By Jay Shewfelt
(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair women’s soccer team hosted a playoff match on Saturday afternoon, at the Main Campus Field, and came away with a hard fought 3-1 win over the Niagara Knights.
The Saints got on the board first by a goal from Kaitlyn Austin in the 28 minute. The rest of the first half was played fairly evenly.
Niagara scored quickly at the beginning of the second half, just minutes in, to even the score. St Clair dominated play for the rest of the second half but failed to capitalize on their chances.
The Saints finally took the lead in the 89th minute on a header by Tiffany Trembley. St Clair scored their third goal, just before play was called in extra time, on a chance by Marisa Stratis while the Knights keeper up field trying to get the equalizer.
St Clair had 15 shots on goal compared to seven for Niagara. Katrina Arnold was solid in net in picking up the win.
With the win the Saints have qualified for the OCAA Championships, hosted by Fleming College in Peterborough, from October 29 through 31. St Clair will take on the host Fleming Knights, on day-1 at 6:00 pm, in Quarter-Final play.
The Saints are currently ranked 2nd in Ontario and in 7th in Canada. They ended up tied for first place in the OCAA West Region with a record of 9-1.
Fleming ended their regular season with a record of 2-9-1 and tied for 5thplace in the East Division.