Written by Daniel Scarpino
Weekend Report – Algoma University Soccer
Sunday, October 13th – York (3) v Algoma (0) – Women
There was a lot to be thankful for this past Sunday at Superior Heights. Well, for the ambitious, it was cold weather, rain, and soccer that was offered up for gratitude on the day. The Lady Thunderbirds took to the pitch to play host to the visiting York Lions in a one-off league game. What is now the tail-end of the OUA regular season, the York Lions came into the Sunday game having already secured a playoff birth while the Algoma Thunderbirds were looking to take as many points as possible on the day.
A relatively quiet first half saw the Lions up 1-0 after 45 minutes. Caretaker manager until the
end of the season for the Thunderbirds, Daniel Scarpino, stated, “We had a strong first half. We kept them quiet and executed the game plan well. We just needed to generate a little more in the attacking third”. A second half which carried out much like it did in the first half, the Lions were able to score another to make their lead 2-0. A late push by the Thunderbirds to try and get back into the game saw them get scored on via a counter-attack to put the game to bed. The final was 3-0. “You can’t ask anymore from the players, honestly. They gave everything they had, stuck in defensively, our goalkeeping was superb, and we were adventurous in the attack particularly in the second half. The players gave everything they had against a strong York side. Nothing to hang our heads about in a game like that. We’re proud of the girls”, said Scarpino.
Next and final league action for the Thunderbirds will be October 18th & 19th where the
Thunderbirds will take to the road to play against the Laurier Golden Hawks. The Thunderbirds
playoff hopes still remain in the balance. Currently, the Thunderbirds are sitting 3 points out of
the final playoff spot in the OUA Western Conference. Laurier, Windsor, and Algoma are all
vying for the final playoff spot with all three teams having just 2 games remaining in their
schedules. The Friday and Saturday contests will kickoff at 6:00 pm at University Stadium. Both games can be watched on OUA TV.
Sunday, October 13th – York (10) v Algoma (0) – Men
The Algoma Thunderbirds took on the visiting York Lions in a one-off league game Sunday
afternoon at Superior Heights. The Lions, ranked second in the country, came into Sault Ste.
Marie and once again reminded everyone why they are amongst the best that Canada has to offerfrom a soccer perspective.
The Thunderbirds knew they wouldn’t have it easy on the day having just 1 substitute available for the game. Yes, just 1 substitute. After having kept the score at 1-0 for the opening 37 minutes, the Thunderbirds were quite comfortable in executing the most defensive of game plans and frustrating the York Lions. A breakthrough on the back of a deflection in the 38th minute all but opened the flood gates for the Lions where they were able to notch another two goals before the halftime interval making it 4-0. Caretaker manager until the end of the season for the Thunderbirds, Daniel Scarpino, stated, “We knew we were going to be up against it today in just about every facet of the game. And, with only having dressed 12 players, it was always going to be a difficult and daunting task playing against York. 37 of the opening 45 minutes, in our opinion, were excellent. We forced them into getting away from what they wanted to do. Once that second goal went in, the complexion of the game changed and we knew that we’d be under it for the remainder of the game” in speaking of the Thunderbirds.
A second half filled with goals for York made the Sunday enjoyable for them whilst Algoma was left to hang their heads. 3 suspensions for the Algoma Thunderbirds along with 3 injuries and two players left out due to illness made Thanksgiving Sunday very difficult for the hosts. A crushing 10-0 scoreline on the day left the Thunderbirds shaking their heads.
“You have to take the little positives out of it. Guys who don’t get many minutes with us played 90 minutes today and they were able to get some value out of that. Our guys who are currently on suspension or who are injured/ill will return for us next weekend as well so, we can look at them missing today as some added rest time. It’s never fun being on the end of these kinds of defeats but, we knew what was coming today and for a little over 1/3 of the game, we were able to handle it. Full credit to York, though. You can see why they are at National Championships every November and you can understand why they are one of the best in the country. The quality of players is remarkable and their program speaks for itself. They’re the best for a reason. I’m sure, in many ways, especially for our first year guys, this was a big eye-opener as to what ‘excellence’ looks like from a soccer perspective”, said Scarpino.
Next and final league action for the Thunderbirds will be a pair of away games against the
Laurier Golden Hawks on October 18th & 19th. The Thunderbirds currently sit 5 points out of
the final playoff spot in the OUA Western Conference. Waterloo, Laurier, and Algoma are all
vying for the final playoff birth with each school having 2 games remaining in their schedule for the season. Both games at the weekend will kickoff at 8:00 pm at University Stadium.
Both games can be watched on OUA TV.