St. Thomas blanks Chatham, 3-0, in their WOSL premier men's season opener
Saturday May 12, 2018
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas premier men started the Western Ontario Soccer League season off on the right foot.
Ben Moniz, Noah Dos Santos and Kyle Norton scored, while keeper Zach Moniz was spotless in net, as St. Thomas blanked Chatham, 3-0, in their season opener, at Athletic Park.
"I'm really happy. It's the first game of the year so fitness is always a concern. We played well right from the start. We had command of the mid field," St. Thomas coach David Day said. "We got off of our game playing a little too direct for the middle of the first half, but we nicked a goal right at end (of first half). We made some adjustments at half-time and from then on I thought we were the better squad. I was pleased overall. Defending was solid in the mid field."
St. Thomas led 1-0 at half. The Dos Santos goal 15 minutes in to the second half gave the home team breathing room. Adam Legg missed a penalty kick, before Norton put the game out of reach.
"They (Chatham) had their moments. It is a 90-minute game, but overall especially in the second half we got a lot of players in attacking positions," said Day. "We attacked with numbers, got in the box and had a lot of opportunities. Their goalie did well to keep some of them out."
Last season, St. Thomas finished sixth in the premier league, with a 6-4-8 record. Marconi (15-2-1) and Jagiellonia (14-2-2) were the top two teams, 12 points up on the rest of the division.
"It is a tough league. The top level teams are very strong. Marconi has won Nationals two of the past three years. Our goal is to finish in the top four. We needed to get off to a good start and get the points when we can get them," Day said. "We're a mature team. We have a lot of experience. We have a lot of good attacking players and we're balanced in terms of our depth at each position."
St. Thomas heads to Tillsonburg, May 22 and host Jagiellonia, June 2, at Athletic Park.