Spartans open soccer season

2019 high school soccer season kicks off – High school soccer returned to the pitch for the 2019 spring season May 6th with teams across SDG competing in their opening league matches. The Seaway Spartans senior girls team held on for a 1-1 tie against the visiting Tagwi Warriors in Iroquois. Pictured above (l-r): Seaway Spartans forwards Kristyn Van Hoof, Mackenzie Dumoulin, Harley Heustis, and Cameryn Broad advance into the Warriors’ 18-yard box. (The Leader/Blancher photo)

IROQUOIS – A normally short high school soccer season has been cut even shorter with the soggy spring conditions. Across SDG, teams took to the soccer pitch May 6th to begin the abbreviated season, including the Seaway Spartans, who took on the visiting Tagwi Warriors.

This season, both boys and girls teams are playing with athletes from the junior and senior grades at the senior level.

Up first on the day was the Spartans boys team. Warriors forward James Paul scored late in the first half, getting past Spartans goalie Emytt Fetterly, to take a 1-0 lead into half time. Seaway tried to even the game in the second half, pressuring Tagwi’s defence. In the end the Spartans were unable to tie the game, resulting in a 1-0 loss.

The girls team found more success on the pitch in the second game of the day. The Spartans controlled the ball for most of the first half, with the tandem of Kristyn Van Hoof, Harley Heustis and Cameryn Broad challenging the Warriors’ goalkeeper. The teams were tied 0-0 at half time. Persistence paid off in the second half, with Van Hoof giving Seaway a 1-0 lead. Tagwi rallied late in the game and scored an equalizer on goalie Martina Lewis. The teams closed the game with a 1-1 tie, earning a single point each.

The next two weeks will be fast and furious for teams in the league. The Spartans face the St. Joe’s Panthers and Holy Trinity Falcons in a doubleheader May 9th, followed by seven more games.

The regular season must wrap up before the May 21st county single A playoffs. The winner of the playoffs will advance to the EOSSAA soccer championships in Kemptville May 27-28th.

Seaway Spartans boys team fall to Warriors 1-0 – The Seaway Spartans boys team fell 1-0 to the visiting Tagwi Warriors May 6th in their season opening match. Pictured above: Seaway midfielders Jayden Rowe (left) and Austin Markell (center) attempt to block an advancing attack by the Warriors. (The Leader/Blancher photo)


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