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 South Huron ends Parkside's season


   First goal allowed by Stampeders prevents a spot at OFSAA field hockey


Thursday, October 26, 2017 

By Rob J. Ross

EXETER, ON. -  The South Huron Sabres were able to do what not one team in Thames Valley could all season, score on the Parkside Stampeders.

South Huron found the inside of the net, with five minutes remaining in the second half, for a 1-0 win over Parkside, in the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) field hockey final, held at South Huron secondary school. The Sabres move on to OFSAA, November 2-4, in Burlington.

Parkside had gone undefeated in the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) season, not allowing one goal over nine games, including the final, a 1-0 win against the Medway Cowboys.

South Huron was the best out of the Huron-Perth conference, upending the Goderich Vikings, the WOSSAA champs a year ago.

The Stampeders out-shot the Sabres and hit three posts, but couldn't put the ball in to net.

"We controlled the game and we were very good at working as a team and creating plays and moving the ball around the field. We did that today," Parkside coach Julie Cumberland said. "The unfortunate thing was we are not used to playing on grass. We don't do that in TVRA and that plays a factor when we go back to grass for WOSSAA."

All TVRA games are played on turf at City Wide Fields in London. The style and pace of the game is different on grass compared to playing on turf. The fields at OFSAA this year are turf.

"The speed of the game changes. It's tougher to move the ball on grass," said Cumberland. "It's hard as those (Huron-Perth) teams play on grass (all season)."

One loss does't take away from an outstanding season and Stampeders' potential, if the team had advanced to OFSAA.

"The girls were more disappointed because they knew they were ready for it but it just didn't happen. We knew we were up for the challenge and maybe do something at OFSAA," said Cumberland.

"We're really proud of the girls. We knew we controlled the game and were playing really good field hockey, even if we couldn't score. Regardless of the outcome it doesn't change the fact our season was successful and girls worked super hard to get there (WOSSAA)."