Varsity Roundup – Week 6
WOMEN’S SOCCER (11-0)
The women’s team played the Cambrian Golden Shield at the Algonquin Sports Facility in a wet and sloppy affair over Thanksgiving weekend, but still managed to come out on top, winning 2-0 to keep their perfect record intact! The first 30 minutes or so were very wet and both teams struggled to get the ball to do what they wanted it to do. As the rain stopped and the field had a chance to drain, you could see the impact it had on the game and the Thunder in particular, as they took control of the ball and the match. Goals were scored by Melissa Harrison and Melissa Baynes. The former was also recognized as the Athlete of the Week for Women’s Soccer by the OCAA. Way to go, Mel! Boxscore
This past week, Thunder Soccer played a pair of games; one at Durham on Friday and one at Fleming on Saturday. Backstopped by goalkeeper Jenna King both days, the Thunder didn’t allow a single goal all weekend, all while pounding their opponents relentlessly. Friday’s game against the Lords ended in a 8-0 win for the Thunder. Goal scorers were Vanessa MacMillan (3), Michelle Wilson, Darby Perry, Jenna Baldree, Andrianna Dmulchalsky, and Leah Buchanan. Boxscore
The Thunder upped their game on Saturday, scoring an even dozen goals for the third time this season. Scorers in this game were Michelle Wilson, Vanessa MacMillan (3), Jenna Baldree, Melissa Baynes, Melissa Harrison, Rachel Armstrong (2), Andrianna Dmulchalsky, Sylvie Avedessian, and Haleigh Robertson. With that offensive explosion, the Thunder have scored an impressive 74 goals on the season, good enough for the top spot in the OCAA. And with her six goals over the weekend, Vanessa MacMillan moved into 3rd place in the association in scoring with 21! Boxscore
Next Game: The Thunder are on the pitch at home Wednesday, October 19th to play the SLC Vikings in their final home game of the season. Following that they will head to the provincial championship playoff occurring from October 27th to the 29th at St. Clair.
MEN’S SOCCER (9-0)
The men’s team also had to contend with a wet field in their game against the Golden Shield Thanksgiving weekend, but the team didn’t let it dampen their spirits or their play, and they controlled the ball for most of the match. The game winner was scored by Alex Asmis 3:31 into the game and Algonquin never looked back, downing Cambrian 1-0 en route to maintaining their perfect record and making sure they hold onto their #3 ranking in the CCAA! Boxscore
The men’s squad also travelled to Oshawa and Peterborough to face the Lords and Knights last weekend. They also brought home a pair of victories and maintained their undefeated record. On Friday, they battled Durham to a 2-1 victory, with goals scored by Ali Albadry and Alex Asmis. Boxscore
Their game on Saturday was more wide-open and the Thunder rolled to a 7-1 victory over Fleming to round out the weekend. Goal scorers in this one included Jemuel Paul, Andres Sanchez, Toni El-Asmar, Trevor Turner, and Osama Al Sharif. Boxscore
Next Game: The men join the women in facing SLC Wednesday evening in their final home game of the season. Their provincial championship playoff will also take place October 27-29 at Redeemer.
WOMEN’S RUGBY (2-3)
The women’s rugby team was scheduled to face the Loyalist Lancers this past weekend. However, Loyalist has been forced to default the remainder of the season. The following is an explanation of the consequences of that withdrawal as determined by the OCAA coordinator for women’s rugby, Rick Bot:
“With the Loyalist Women’s Rugby team no longer in the league, the three games that Loyalist participated in this year become default games with the score of 20-0 by way of the winning team get the 4 points for the win plus 1 bonus point for a total of 5 points, as in rule 3.3.5. The points accumulated in these three games by the players would be eliminated and removed from the score sheet, making it equal for the players in the remaining three Loyalist games.
With three teams remaining, the team finishing with the most points automatically goes to and hosts the gold medal game on either November 5th or 6th. The remaining two teams will play on either October 29 or 30, hosted by the higher seeded team. The winner of this game will go on to play for gold on November 5 or 6 and the loser will receive the bronze medal.”
What does this ultimately mean for the Thunder? Not much. Regardless of how this Sunday’s final season game against SLC plays out, the two teams will play each other again in the 2 vs. 3 matchup the last weekend of October.
Next Game: The Thunder host the SLC Vikings this Sunday, October 23rd, at 1 PM. Their playoff match will happen October 29th or 30th and they will face the Vikings again, the location to be confirmed following this Sunday’s game.
MEN’S RUGBY (2-3)
The men’s rugby squad was in Belleville last weekend facing off against the Loyalist Lancers. They came out strong in that match and defeated Loyalist by a score of 27-8. Ethan Russet scored two tries for the Thunder and was named the Athlete of the Week for men’s rugby by the OCAA! Keith Girard kicked two converts and one penalty kick for Algonquin, and Alex Smith added a try of his own. Boxscore
Next Game: The Thunder face SLC this Sunday at Twin Elm Rugby Park in their final home game of the 2016 season. Kickoff for that game will be 3 PM. Following that game, the team will head to either Fleming or SLC to try and continue their season.
2016–17 THUNDER VARSITY SCHEDULES
The 2016–17 Thunder Varsity schedules have been updated and posted under their respective links.
For more details about the OCAA Regular Season schedules, please visit the OCAA webpage.
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