Saints Earn Bye To Soccer Quarter Finals

By Jay Shewfelt

(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair men’s soccer team wrapped up their OCAA regular season schedule Wednesday evening by hosting the Fanshawe Falcons at the Main Campus Field. In a very exciting and intense match, between two talented and fast teams, the final result was a 0-0 draw.

Fanshawe keeper Mohammed Nabavich had to make 3 saves while Shane Beaton had to make 1 for the Saints in the half. The Falcons put some more pressure on in the second half with 7 shot attempts while the Saints had 6, but both goalies made 3 saves to keep the sheet clean.

Each keeper had to make a couple tough saves late in the match to maintain the scoreless form.

Luke Husbands (8) waits for a possible rebound as Cameron Anger goes high against two Fanshawe defenders for a cross ball on 19 October 2016.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Luke Husbands (8) waits for a possible rebound as Cameron Anger goes high against two Fanshawe defenders for a cross ball on 19 October 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

With the draw, the Saints record on the season was 7-1-2 and a tie for first place in the OCAA West Division with Fanshawe, which had an identical record. Both teams tied each other twice during the regular season, as well.

However, St Clair had a better overall goal differential, so claimed first place based on that tiebreaker.

Both teams scored 24 goals in 10 games while the Saints allowed just 7 compared to 9 for the Falcons.

St Clair is currently ranked 3rd in Ontario and 10th in Canada, while Fanshawe is ranked 4th in Ontario and 12th in Canada.

Luke Husbands takes control of the ball in the midfield during a match against Fanshawe in Windsor on 19 October 2016.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Luke Husbands takes control of the ball in the midfield during a match against Fanshawe in Windsor on 19 October 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

With the first place finish St Clair has earned a bye into the OCAA Provincial Championship. The Saints will play in their quarterfinal match on Thursday, October 27 at 12 noon. Their opponent will be determined this weekend in another playoff match.

The Championship is being hosted by Redeemer University College in Ancaster from October 27 through 29.

Forward Leighton Speechley-Price inserts himself between the ball and the opposing player during a match against Fanshawe on 19 October 2016.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Forward Leighton Speechley-Price inserts himself between the ball and the opposing player during a match against Fanshawe on 19 October 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Saints defender Mohamed Mezahi battles for the ball early in the 1st half against Fanshawe on 19 October 2016.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Saints defender Mohamed Mezahi battles for the ball early in the 1st half against Fanshawe on 19 October 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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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