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.
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.
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.