Three games. Three wins.
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The Central Cyclones girls soccer team won the 2A regional tournament over the weekend. They will head to Yorkton this weekend to compete at the provincial tournament. Submitted photo
That was all the Central Cyclones needed to do in order to win the regional championship and it’s exactly what they did, even in cold, rainy conditions.
“It was pretty good,” said Central’s coach Angus McIntosh. “Everything worked out well.”
The Cyclones opened the regional tournament on Friday afternoon in Regina with a 7-0 shutout win over Regina Sheldon. They backed that up with a 6-2 win over Regina Johnson on Saturday morning.
“We took charge offensively in both games. As coaches, we were able to match up really well with the other teams because we have so many girls,” said McIntosh. “Sheldon Williams had a girl that had phenomenal foot skills with the ball. She was amazing, but we have enough solid defensive players that we were able to shut that down.”
In the final game, the Cyclones faced Notre Dame and held on for the 3-1 victory and the 2A regional title.
“When we were playing Notre Dame, they were a very physical team, but we were able to put girls in that were able to match up physically,” stated McIntosh. “It was a team effort. Everyone played a role. In the first and second game, we were able to play girls that haven’t played very much.”
After upsetting Weyburn in the Moose Jaw soccer league semifinal, the confidence grew for this young, but experienced team.
Although they lost to Swift Current in the league final, they still felt upbeat and positive about their chances with other teams in the 2A region.
“We knew we couldn’t let the highs get us too high and the lows get us too low…we just had to battle through anything that they gave us,” stated McIntosh. “Our goal all year has been to just get to provincials. That meant playing in the final game in the regionals. To win it, was really a confidence boost. The way we played was awesome because we could match other teams that had speed and skill and we could match teams that had speed and physical aggression.”
The 2A provincials will be held in Yorkton this weekend with Saskatoon Bishop Mahoney, Notre Dame and Central competing in the four-team tournament for the top title.
“I think they are pretty positive going into provincials next week,” said McIntosh. “I think the girls really think that they can beat anybody.”
In the boys 2A regional, Central defeated Vanier in the final to claim the title. Both teams will be headed to Muenster for the provincial tournament this weekend. Peacock boys lost their opening game to Weyburn in the 3A regional event and will not move on to provincials.
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