The Central Cyclones didn’t even need to score a goal to lock up third place Thursday.
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Gabrielle Sanson from the Vanier Spirits tries to beat Central defender Tia Godfrey in Moose Jaw High School Soccer League action Thursday.
The Cyclones and the Vanier Spirits closed the Moose Jaw High School Soccer League regular season with a 0-0 tie Thursday at Smith Field. The point was enough to move the Cyclones into sole possession of third place ahead of Caronport.
Caronport started the day tied with Central but lost 6-0 to the Swift Current Ardens Thursday. The Ardens have now won 53 straight league games.
Vanier will finish fifth in the regular season and will meet Caronport in the quarter-finals Tuesday. Central will face Peacock Tuesday, while Estevan will travel to Weyburn on Monday. Swift Current earned a bye to the semifinals after finishing first in the league.
“We’re excited and nervous,” said Central Grade 11 striker Erin Winterton of the playoffs. “We can’t take anything for granted. Peacock can come back pretty strong. We have to keep our head’s high, but not too high. We have to work as hard as we can.”
Vanier coach Tavis Lehman said he is happy with the work his team has put in over the course of the regular season.
“I was really impressed with how the girls were playing. They’ve really come together defensively and their offence has gotten a lot better. We had some solid chances, it’s just too bad we couldn’t capitalize on them in this game,” said Lehman.
“Our defence is really good at supporting each other if one of them gets beat. It’s something they’ve worked on in practice and it’s nice to see them apply it in a game.”
Winterton credited Vanier’s defence for playing well and limiting the Cyclones offence. Central had been averaging 4.4 goals per game heading into Thursday’s contest.
“I think there are some areas where we need to improve. I think we’ll work on them in our practices and hopefully we can get them down before playoffs next week,” said Winterton.
“I think it was a well-deserved tie. Vanier played really hard and we were happy that we played a team we were well-matched up against. It was nice to play a team who plays just as hard as we do.”