Aviva Fournie scores the only goal as the Parkside Stampeders blank Goderich
in the WOSSAA field hockey final to advance to the provincial championship
Thursday, October 25, 2018
By Rob J. Ross
LONDON, ON. - Maggie Gordon was vocal throughout the entire game.
However, the Parkside Stampeders' goalie was without words following her teammates 1-0 blanking of the Goderich Vikings, 1-0, in the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) championship, at City Wide Fields.
The victory qualifies Parkside for OFSAA field hockey, November 1-3, in Burlington.
"It's unbelievable. I was speechless when it happened and I'm still pretty speechless now. I was so shocked. I dropped down to my knees and couldn't contain myself. I get to play for another week so I'm super excited," said Gordon. "I'm so proud of my team. It was a great game. I honestly can't wait until next weekend to rep our school and do our best."
Parkside last qualified for OFSAA in 2014 and for the next three years fell in the WOSSAA final, including a heart-breaking last minute loss a year ago, to Exeter South Huron.
Aviva Fournie scored the lone goal in the first half.
"It hasn't hit me yet, but this is what I've work for, for four years. It's always the goal to get there (OFSAA). We finally did it and it's kind of crazy to think about it," Stampeders co-captain Kendra Hulst said. "It's really big for us. I wasn't too sure on how it would go, but we held in there. We knew we had to stay focused the whole time. We knew they would keep on us."
Parkside held the edge in play throughout the first half and had opportunities to go up 2-0, as well, in the second half. The Vikings, who beat the Stampeders in the WOSSAA game two years ago, pressed for the equalizer with a couple dangerous rushes with less than 10 minutes remaining.
"Those last five minutes it was an anxious situation, but we played like we could and got it out," Gordon said. "I was happy that we had scored first. That was a relief. But I was nervous to give up the lead. They're (Vikings) a talented team and they had so many hits in the circle and people around."
It is the first OFSAA field hockey for every player on the Stampeders' team, but several members have been to the high school provincial championship for soccer, including just this past June, winning gold.
"It's amazing. I don't know what's coming. It's the unknown. I've been there for soccer, but this is different. I'm excited to go," said Fournie. "It was a tight game. You had to go in for ball at a 100 percent. You had to throw yourself at them. These games are becoming more physical."
Fournie is on the score sheet for the goal, but Renee Lammiman had a hand in directing the ball in to the net. The Grade 11 forward had a hat trick against Lord Dorchester, in the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) final, last week at City Wide.
"Goderich had more accuracy and knew where they had to place it to put it on someone's stick. They play the ball in the air more," said Lammiman. "We passed the ball better and we would take the shots. That'll be the key to what we're going to have to do at OFSAA."
The three day tournament involves four pools of
teams, playing three games each,
with the top two in each pool advancing to the