Muskie girls advance to all-Ontarios

The Muskie girls’ soccer team captured the NWOSSAA silver medal here Saturday, but that still was good enough to advance to the all-Ontarios later this week in Sudbury.
The squad left Tuesday after blanking Nip-Rock 7-0 to open the NWOSSAA tournament Saturday morning, then losing 1-0 to St. Ignatius (Thunder Bay) that afternoon.
Because the Falcons won silver at OFSAA last year, NWOSSAA was allowed two berths at this year’s tournament. As such, the black-and-gold’s win over Nip-Rock was all they needed to advance.
With a berth already secured, the afternoon game to determine the NWOSSAA champion pitted the Muskies against St. Ignatius in a hard-fought battle for the gold medal.
Both teams saw their toughest competition of the season, with one goal proving to be the difference—which came with just 12 minutes left in regulation time.
It was the only flub in an otherwise stellar game by first-year Muskie keeper Leanne Kaemingh.
“Leanne was amazing,” said Caroline Spencer, who was acting as coach in place of Struchan Gilson after he stepped aside for the games.
Gilson still paced the sidelines and shared his two cents with the team.
The girls suffered some bumps and bruises along the way, but Spencer feels everyone will be recovered by the time the Muskies—ranked 11th at OFSAA—step onto the field Thursday at 11 a.m. against St. Mary’s.
Their second game will be against Jean Vanier Catholic High School on Thursday at 3 p.m., then Fort High will wrap up Pool ‘C’ play Friday at 11 a.m. against Timmins High and Vocational School.
The top seed is the Char-Lan District High School Crusaders from Williamstown. The Falcons are seeded fourth.