Lucas blanks Parkside, 3-0, in WOSSAA AAA girls' soccer final, ending the
Stampeders' run of five years in a row to the provincial tournament
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
LONDON, ON. - The first week of June won't feel the same for Parkside Stampeders girls' soccer team.
A five year run to the OFSAA championship has been snapped, after the London Lucas Vikings blanked Parkside, 3-0, in the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) AAA final, at City Wide Fields.
During five consecutive appearances at the provincial high school tournament, all at the AA level, the Stampeders twice won the gold medal. This was the first year in the AAA division.
Lucas scored twice in the first half and added insurance early in the second half.
Parkside beat Lucas, 1-0, earlier this season in the final of the Tillsonburg tournament, but today Lucas has the finishing touch.
"We knew they (Lucas) were a really good team. They move the ball very well and they're physical. They play smart," Parkside coach Gerry Safadi said. "At the tournament, we had an opportunity and made the most of it. This time we had chances but it just didn't go in. We had from in close, three chances that we probably should have finished. That can change things. The girls worked hard and never stopped, but we couldn't get one."
Avery Thomas, with two goals and Jamie Lefebvre scored for the Vikings, while keeper Jasmine Cooper picked up the shutout.
"My hat is off to them. They played well. Lucas is very deserving. I'm sure they will do well at OFSAA," said Safadi.
Lucas returns to OFSAA AAA where they placed fourth last year.
The Stampeders have players graduating, some who are undecided, but several starters will return including aggressive forward Petra Salin, defensive stalwart Amber Safadi, Haley Gordon and freshmen Tazia Lessard and Haley Umansky, who both played major minutes against Lucas.
Veterans who helped bring two OFSAA titles to Parkside include Taylor Goodhue, Ashley Watson, Braelyn Dennis, Kendra Hulst, Zoe, keeper Aviva Fournie and Marin and Savannah Williams.
On the boys' side, Parkside won the bronze medal. The Stampeders lost 1-0 to London CCH in the semifinals. Lucas beat CCH in the boys' gold game.