Published on October 15, 2013
Andrea Erlandson (16) of the Swift Current Ardens heads the ball into the air to teammate Karrie Therrien (7) near the Central Cyclones net during the high school girls soccer league final on Tuesday afternoon at Smith Fields. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Published on October 15, 2013
Members of the Swift Current girls soccer team recieve their gold medals from commissioner Sandi Hutchinson after defeating the Central Cyclones 3-1 in the high school girls soccer league final on Tuesday afternoon at Smith Fields. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Ardens beat Cyclones in tight final
The Swift Current Ardens needed a big second half in order to capture their fifth straight title.
“It feels good considering at halftime, it was pretty much in doubt still,” said Dale Perry, coach for the Ardens. “I thought we played well throughout the game, but we just weren’t having any luck finishing. I thought sooner or later, the goals will start to go in, but it just took considerably longer than I thought they would.”
The Central Cyclones pounced early in the first half with a goal from Jessy Lee Saas and they held the Ardens well with blocked shots and strong goaltending from Gillian Francis.
However, the Cyclones couldn’t hold the best team in the Moose Jaw High School Girls Soccer League to a shutout for much longer. A strong second half from Swift Current allowed the Ardens back in the game and sealed the 3-1 league final win.
Brooke Vallee tied the game mid-way through the second half and then Santana Gowan notched the game winner shortly after that. Kelsey Therrien scored the insurance goal late in the half.
“Nobody expected us to beat Weyburn and we did. We were able to hold Swift Current for the most part of the game. In the second half, they were pushing hard and a couple lapses here and there, but we were right there with them,” stated Rob Francis, co-coach for the Cyclones. “The last time we played them in Swift Current, it was more than three, so this is good. We are very proud of the girls.”
With the come-from-behind victory, that makes it 55 straight games the Ardens have won in a row.
The Cyclones knew that the pressure wasn’t on them to win on Tuesday afternoon, but rather on the Ardens to continue their streak.
“We kept it light with training on purpose because no one expected for us to be here. All the pressure was on them, especially with the unbeaten streak they have going. I think it got to Swift in the first half,” said Francis. “They were pressing and we got the first goal on them. I think that helped us. As the game wore on, they were able to take advantage of their chances.”
Magbeni Keita, the lone Grade 12 on the Cyclones roster this year, provided goals as well as leadership for the team.
“This is definitely victorious. In my past four years, this was us doing our absolute best and coming this far. I am definitely proud of it,” she said. “We thought we had it, but we are still proud. It was a great game.”
The reason for the Swift Current coaches to be most proud — they have now seen a full circle come around in their program.
“Every time there is a new group. Now we have totally gone through,” explained Perry. “None of these girls were here when we won the first time, so that makes you feel good.”
Now that the league play is wrapped up, the Ardens will play in Moose Jaw for the 3A regional this Saturday and the Cyclones will head to Outlook for the 2A regional tournament.
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