Hamilton’s St. Mary team claims indoor soccer championship title

Community Apr 08, 2016 by Larry Moko Dundas Star News

The St. Mary Crusaders came on strong in the playoffs to win the 2016 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association girls’ high school indoor soccer championship.

Fourth-place finishers during the regular schedule with a record of 2-3-1, the Crusaders edged the fifth-place St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves 1-0 in the quarter-finals, before upsetting the first-place Bishop Ryan Celtics, 3-0 in a semifinal matchup.

St. Mary then captured its second consecutive league title with a 1-0 victory over the St. Thomas More Knights last week at Redeemer University College. Previously, the Crusaders won the HWCAA girls’ championship in 2013 and 2009 and were finalists in both 2010 and ’11.

The deciding goal was scored late in the first half by Larissa Pirillo – her third in the last two starts.

“As the season progressed we got better and better,’ Crusaders coach John Ivinac said. “It culminated with the victory today.”

It was a turnaround result because the Crusaders lost 4-0 to the Knights on March 22.

“We (More and Mary) are the two youngest teams in the league,” said Ivinac, who pointed out that his lineup features 14 rookies and only four veterans. “It took a while for our kids to start playing.”

St. Thomas More was 2-2-2 during the regular season, ending up in third place. They then blanked the Bishop Tonnos Titans 3-0, before edging the Cardinal Newman Cardinals, 4-2, to qualify for the final.

“We don’t score a lot, but when we do it’s timely,” Ivinac said.

According to Ivinac, the Crusader players performed well and did what was asked of them.

“We forced them to keep the ball in their own end and make mistakes. The more they made mistakes in the back, the more opportunities we got. We should have scored a couple of more goals. Their goalie played really well.

“We’re solid defensively and solid in the back. And our midfield played awesome.”

Commenting on Pirillo’s goal, the Crusaders coach said: “She hustles. She got in a good position and she capitalized.”

In goal for the shutout was St. Mary Grade 11 student Sabryna Sankar.

“It was a rough get-go to the season,” Sankar said. “We came through. We’ve got lots of new players. We played well today. We dominated both halves.”

Hamilton’s St. Mary team claims indoor soccer championship title

Community Apr 08, 2016 by Larry Moko Dundas Star News

The St. Mary Crusaders came on strong in the playoffs to win the 2016 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association girls’ high school indoor soccer championship.

Fourth-place finishers during the regular schedule with a record of 2-3-1, the Crusaders edged the fifth-place St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves 1-0 in the quarter-finals, before upsetting the first-place Bishop Ryan Celtics, 3-0 in a semifinal matchup.

St. Mary then captured its second consecutive league title with a 1-0 victory over the St. Thomas More Knights last week at Redeemer University College. Previously, the Crusaders won the HWCAA girls’ championship in 2013 and 2009 and were finalists in both 2010 and ’11.

The deciding goal was scored late in the first half by Larissa Pirillo – her third in the last two starts.

“As the season progressed we got better and better. It culminated with the victory today.”

“As the season progressed we got better and better,’ Crusaders coach John Ivinac said. “It culminated with the victory today.”

It was a turnaround result because the Crusaders lost 4-0 to the Knights on March 22.

“We (More and Mary) are the two youngest teams in the league,” said Ivinac, who pointed out that his lineup features 14 rookies and only four veterans. “It took a while for our kids to start playing.”

St. Thomas More was 2-2-2 during the regular season, ending up in third place. They then blanked the Bishop Tonnos Titans 3-0, before edging the Cardinal Newman Cardinals, 4-2, to qualify for the final.

“We don’t score a lot, but when we do it’s timely,” Ivinac said.

According to Ivinac, the Crusader players performed well and did what was asked of them.

“We forced them to keep the ball in their own end and make mistakes. The more they made mistakes in the back, the more opportunities we got. We should have scored a couple of more goals. Their goalie played really well.

“We’re solid defensively and solid in the back. And our midfield played awesome.”

Commenting on Pirillo’s goal, the Crusaders coach said: “She hustles. She got in a good position and she capitalized.”

In goal for the shutout was St. Mary Grade 11 student Sabryna Sankar.

“It was a rough get-go to the season,” Sankar said. “We came through. We’ve got lots of new players. We played well today. We dominated both halves.”

Hamilton’s St. Mary team claims indoor soccer championship title

Community Apr 08, 2016 by Larry Moko Dundas Star News

The St. Mary Crusaders came on strong in the playoffs to win the 2016 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association girls’ high school indoor soccer championship.

Fourth-place finishers during the regular schedule with a record of 2-3-1, the Crusaders edged the fifth-place St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves 1-0 in the quarter-finals, before upsetting the first-place Bishop Ryan Celtics, 3-0 in a semifinal matchup.

St. Mary then captured its second consecutive league title with a 1-0 victory over the St. Thomas More Knights last week at Redeemer University College. Previously, the Crusaders won the HWCAA girls’ championship in 2013 and 2009 and were finalists in both 2010 and ’11.

The deciding goal was scored late in the first half by Larissa Pirillo – her third in the last two starts.

“As the season progressed we got better and better. It culminated with the victory today.”

“As the season progressed we got better and better,’ Crusaders coach John Ivinac said. “It culminated with the victory today.”

It was a turnaround result because the Crusaders lost 4-0 to the Knights on March 22.

“We (More and Mary) are the two youngest teams in the league,” said Ivinac, who pointed out that his lineup features 14 rookies and only four veterans. “It took a while for our kids to start playing.”

St. Thomas More was 2-2-2 during the regular season, ending up in third place. They then blanked the Bishop Tonnos Titans 3-0, before edging the Cardinal Newman Cardinals, 4-2, to qualify for the final.

“We don’t score a lot, but when we do it’s timely,” Ivinac said.

According to Ivinac, the Crusader players performed well and did what was asked of them.

“We forced them to keep the ball in their own end and make mistakes. The more they made mistakes in the back, the more opportunities we got. We should have scored a couple of more goals. Their goalie played really well.

“We’re solid defensively and solid in the back. And our midfield played awesome.”

Commenting on Pirillo’s goal, the Crusaders coach said: “She hustles. She got in a good position and she capitalized.”

In goal for the shutout was St. Mary Grade 11 student Sabryna Sankar.

“It was a rough get-go to the season,” Sankar said. “We came through. We’ve got lots of new players. We played well today. We dominated both halves.”