Rams, Lady Stampeders, win boys and girls titles at TVRA preseason tourney
April 22, 2023
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - It was a split for the St. Joseph's Rams and Parkside Stampeders, in the boys and girls' finals at the Elgin Cup soccer tournament.
The Rams won the boys title, blanking Parkside, 3-0, in the final Friday at 1Password Park.
Dawson Berrisford with two goals and Rams captain Henry Kemmerling scored, while goalie Trent Clinton had the shutout, as the Rams went 4-0 on the day.
"We fought hard and everyone on our team played excellent," said Kemmerling, who scored twice in a 2-0 shutout of the East Elgin Eagles. "The passing combination from our defence to final attack was very impressive."
Gabe Lyra netted three goals and Jase Lincoln two, in an 8-0 silencing of the Central Elgin Titans. Desmen Moniz, Beckham Abrantes and Lucca Bianchi also scored. Berrisford, Lincoln and Noah Bakker, potted goals in the first meeting with Parkside, a 3-1 win.
"Great ball movement and the ability the guys have to move it quickly and get to open areas," Clinton said. "Not only that, but the great scoring ability we have."
A week earlier at a tournament at Western University in London, the Rams went 2-1 and now are 6-0-1 overall.
"We plan on using that momentum to build and to use that to dominate this season," said Clinton. "I think our biggest goal would be OFSAA. In order to achieve that, we need to stay consistent throughout the season and continue to play the way we play. With great defensive play and great goal scoring abilities, I believe we have a great shot at becoming OFSAA champs."
The Stampeders were the dominate girls team at their Elgin Cup, going 4-0, concluding with a 3-1 win against the Rams in the final Thursday at Password.
Stampeders' captain Lily Ryder with two goals and Annie Renaud scored for the Stamps.
"We played very well. There was never a point in the tournament where we lost steam, which was our issue last year at this tournament when we lost to Medway in the final." Ryder said. "Winning the tournament means a lot. I feel like it sets the tone for how we're going to do this season. There is obviously room for improvement, but starting off we have a strong team."
The Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) South Division regular season begins April 25.
All seven high schools in Elgin County have a boys team. Only Voaden is without a girls' team.
WOSSAA is Thursday, June 1. OFSAA is June 8-10.
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