Report by Denis Lafontaine, Athletics Webmaster
Last weekend’s varsity games featured a tie and a loss for our Women’s Soccer Cheetahs as well as a tough loss for our Men’s Soccer team. The Division 1 Men’s Basketball team completed their pre-season schedule playing against some VERY tough competition at the Dawson Fall Classic and emerged with at least one upset win in their final game VS Saint Clair College. We also had an exciting announcement about three of our Football Cheetahs. Read on for all the details.
On Thursday evening, our Division 2 Women’s Soccer Cheetahs had a hard-fought 2-2 tie which was played on the road against Maisonneuve, thus bringing their record to 2 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie. Our Women’s Soccer blogger, Cheetahs Super Fan, sent us his usual report of the game and here’s what he had to say:
First of all I must state that this “field ”(Stade Montreal on Papineau) is spectacular. I wish I was young again and be able to play on this state-of-the-art complex. I can almost aver that it is an engineering feat!
OK, back to the nitty gritty of yesterday’s game;
Coming off a 4-0 loss last Sunday, we needed to get our MOJO back, take this game on, and play as a well-oiled machine to then be prepared for Sunday’s game against Montmorency.
It was going to be a solid game because “XENA the Warrior Princess” (#12) was back to keep the rear secure. Our MOJO was back as we Tic-Tac-Toed through the mid-field and continually pressed forward with multiple opportunities to score with our deadly sniper “KOTS (#8). I was sitting on the Maisonneuve side of the stands (better position to see KOTS shoot!) and then the first magic trick appeared… our midfield played a high through ball in the middle and KOTS managed to dig inside the defender, control the ball and breakaway to then shoot a low blast by the keeper… 1-0.
Then guess what… yet another magic trick appeared… our midfield played the ball down the right wing hoping to get a forward to create a scoring opportunity. This is when everyone at the game(I swear!) lost their breath… KOTS managed to run with the ball all the way down the line to the corner. The defender was well under control to shield and block KOTS to advance and do anything. Well she was wrong…. not sure how KOTS did it, but she dekes her out, comes in on the goal line towards the goal…. (everyone stops breathing then) cuts out, dekes the keeper and then volleys with her left foot in the top corner…OMG! 50 years of playing soccer… haven’t seen a goal like that one!
Half is over, we’re up 2-0… with our MOJO on to the MAX!
Now the second half starts and we notice that the tide has changed and Maisonneuve is more aggressive controlling the mid game. It’s going to be a different game. We noticed something missing… KOTS is off and the Maisonneuve defense seemed less tensed and playing more forward to support the offense. XENA (#12) did her best trying to stop all the rushes but a beautiful cross from the right finds their forward and she scores. 2-1… seems we lost our MOJO… then they score again… 2-2.
The remaining time was shared by both teams scrumming in the midfield with no other real threat to score on either side. Game ends, 2-2 tie. See you Sunday at Vanier for an EPIC game. Cheetahs… Bring your MOJO back!
Cheetahs Super Fan
After Thursday’s game the Lady Cheetahs next had the daunting task of facing undefeated Montmorency, sitting in first place in the league with a record of 5 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie. The game was played on Sunday afternoon at home, and unfortunately they lost 4-2, bringing their record to 2 wins, 3 losses and 1 tie. They will finish the regular season with two games played away from Vanier. On Friday, October 13th, they play at Édouard-Montpetit starting at 7:00 PM, and then play again agains Édouard-Montpetit, this time at Collège Bois-de-Boulogne, on Sunday, October 15th starting at 1:00 PM.
MEN’S DIVISION 1 SOCCER
On Friday evening, our Division 1 Men’s Soccer team hosted Ahuntsic and came up with a tough 4-0 loss. Their record now stands at 2 wins, 4 losses and 1 tie. The team’s next match is on the road at Lionel-Groulx on Friday, October 13th at 7:00 PM.
MEN’S DIVISION 1 BASKETBALL
From Friday to Sunday, our Division 1 Men’s Basketball Cheetahs played at the Dawson Fall Classic Tournament. Read all about it in Coach Andy Hertzog’s report:
Our Vanier men’s Division 1 basketball team took part in the Dawson Fall Classic (formerly the Hagen) tournament this weekend.
In our first game, Friday morning, we took on perennial powerhouse Holland College from PEI. They have been to the Nationals the past 5 years and will probably be ranked in the top 5 in the country when the first rankings come out soon. We got off to a great start, leading 25-14 after the first quarter. Unfortunately, a series of turnovers and sloppy play on our part allowed Holland to open the second quarter on a 17-2 run which gave them a 4-point lead. We managed to turn things around after that, and we led 43-29 at halftime. Holland went on another 22-4 run to start the third quarter to open up a 14-point advantage, but we then went on a 9-0 run of our own to reduce the deficit to 5, and we trailed 63-60 going into the final period. We trailed 84-74 in the 4th but narrowed the gap to 85-83 with just over a minute remaining. But, we missed a couple of attempts to tie the game, and ultimately lost 88-83. Our leading scorer was JF Daho with 23 points. Nginyu Ngala had 21 points. Josh Koulamallah and Pier-Olivier Racine also scored in double digits, with 12 and 10 points respectively.
Our second game of the tournament was Friday night against George Brown College from Toronto, and after hanging around the gym most of the day, we were a bit sluggish. We took a 20-15 lead after the first period, but we trailed 32-30 at halftime. We fell behind by 11 but trailed by only 6, at 66-59, after 3 periods. George Brown opened up a 65-51 lead in the 4th, and we still trailed by 12 with under 2 minutes left. We then went on a furious comeback to cut the deficit to 2 and we had 2 chances to tie the game, but we couldn’t score and lost 69-67. Our leading scorers were Karim Mané with 16 points and Nginyu Ngala with 11.
Our final game of the tournament was Saturday night, and it was a very different story. We took on St. Clair College of Windsor, Ontario,, which had won its first 2 games of the tournament. We once again led after the first period, 23-13, but this time we kept pouring it on, taking a 46-25 lead into halftime. Our advantage increased to 28 (70-42) after the 3rd quarter, and we coasted to a 88-64 victory. We had 5 players score in double figures. Led by Khalifa Koulamallah with 21 points. Pier-Olivier Racine had 13 points, Haris Elezovic had 12 and JF Daho and Karim Mané added 10 each.
This concluded our pre-season schedule, where we ended up with a 9-2 record. Our regular season starts up this coming Friday night. October 13, at home. Our men’s and women’s D1 teams host Édouard-Montpetit in a home doubleheader. The women’s game is at 7:00 PM and the men’s game follows at 9:00 PM. Come out and cheer on your Cheetahs !
Congratulations to three Vanier football players, (seen below from left to right) Darren Kyeremeh, Samuel Emilus, and Arnold Mbembe. On Thursday and Friday we learned that they have all received a full scholarship at the NCAA Division 1 University of Massachusetts! Our Football Cheetahs had a bye this week and they will return to action next weekend with an away game @ Montmorency on this coming Saturday, Oct. 14th, 2017 at 1:00 PM.