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Rideau DHS Lions Sweep UC Cup
Rideau DHS Lions Sweep UC Cup
Posted on 11/13/2015

Rideau District High School Lions Take Both Banners
at 2015 Upper Canada Cup Intermediate Soccer Championships

By Mark Calder

(Brockville) – It was a good day Thursday for the Rideau District High School Lions – a miserably cold and soggy-wet day – but a good day nonetheless.

The Lions walked off the fields with both championship trophies at the 2015 Upper Canada Cup Intermediate Soccer Championships at Beckwith Park. Both the Lions boys’ and girls’ victories were down-to-the-wire nail-biters decided by shootout in numbing wet weather.

The boys’ team beat the Thousand Islands Secondary School (TISS) Pirates 3-2 following a shootout after overtime ended in a 2-2 tie, while the girls defeated the Carleton Place High School Bears 2-1 in their match after a 1-1 tie in overtime.

The win by the Rideau boys’ team came down to heart, said Coach Jeff Seed.

“I think it was no big surprise right up front that TISS was seen as the stronger team,” said Seed. “But today they (Rideau players) just fought through the weather and willed themselves to win.”

The Rideau boys’ squad dug deep in a game in which they matched TISS play for play, but found themselves down 2-1 midway through the second half thanks to goals from Pirates Dillon Landon and Gordon Byers. However, Rideau’s Grady Westwater gave his team new life with six minutes left in the game with a hard, arcing shot from 30 feet away which eluded a lurching TISS goalie Mason Jones, and bounced off the crossbar into the corner of the net.

While TISS fought to the end in the shootout, the Lions’ Reardon Strickland put Rideau’s fourth shot past Jones to seal the championship.

The Rideau girls’ team made the ultimate comeback after losing to Carleton Place in the first match of the tournament, regrouping with more disciplined play to stay with the Bears throughout the game.

Lions Coach Kendra Walker-Roche said her squad learned from the first game, and started challenging the ball more to neutralize many of the Bears’ attacks in the final

Lindsay Truelove potted a goal and got Rideau on the scoreboard midway through the first half in another evenly matched game.

Madisen Lajeunesse tied the match for Carleton Place with seven minutes left in regular play, scoring on a corner kick before Rideau went on to win the shootout on a goal by Sarah Brown.

The Upper Canada Cup championship series involves sporting events designed to give Upper Canada District School Board students additional athletic opportunities. A number of events, including soccer, basketball, track and field, and cross country running, are held throughout the year as part of the board's focus on fitness for our students.

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