(SARNIA, ON) – The St Clair Saints men’s soccer team romped to an 8-0 win over the Lambton Lions on Thursday night in Sarnia. Korede Adepitan led the way for the Saints with 4 goals as he took over the OCAA scoring lead with 12 goals in 8 games on the season.
Petar Mar Burnhoft and Louis Gamache split the game in goal, earning the clean sheet.
The men got off to a terrible start against the Niagara Knights on Saturday afternoon in Welland. In this match they went down 2-0 early on with Niagara goals in the 7th and 12th minutes. However, St Clair hung tough and made it 2-1 on a goal by Max Iannetta in the 23rd minute. The Saints got the equalizer before the end of the half on a breakaway by Martin Nyul in the 41st minute.
The first half was evenly played with both teams having 8 shot attempts. Niagara pushed hard in the second half which included the Saints playing down a man in for the final 15 minutes. The yellow cards in this match were uneven with St Clair earning 7 while Niagara had only 1.
The Knights had 8 shot attempts compared to 2 for the Saints in the 2nd half.
Keeper Shane Beaton was solid in net making a couple big saves in the 2nd half to keep the score tied. Heading into the match Niagara was ranked 3rd in Ontario and 12th in Canada.
With the draw St Clair is now tied for 2nd place with Niagara in the OCAA West Division with 1 regular season game remaining. The Saints can still take over second place alone with a win in their final match and a Niagara loss or tie.
The Saints will take on the 1st place Fanshawe Falcons Wednesday afternoon in London. Fanshawe is ranked 2nd in Ontario and in 5th in Canada. St Clair tied the Falcons 2-2 on October 7.
Either way, the men are guaranteed a home playoff game on October 22 at the Main Campus Field.