It was a very busy weekend for our Vanier Cheetahs, with no fewer than eight matches played by six of our varsity teams, both home at Vanier and at away locales.

By Denis Lafontaine, Athletics Webmaster

DIV.2 WOMEN’S SOCCER
On Friday evening, our Division 2 Women’s Soccer Cheetahs got their season off to a great start with a hard-fought 2-1 victory in front of their Vanier supporters in their season and home opener against St-Jean. Vanier goals were scored by Alex Agozzino and Clara Gariépy-Lacasse. The Lady Cheetahs’ next game will also be played at home, this time VS Dawson on Friday, September 14th starting at 7:30 PM. Their game will be immediately followed by the Division 1 Men’s Soccer home opener which starts at 9:30 PM, also against Dawson.


DIV.1 MEN’S SOCCER
Also on Friday evening, our Division 1 Men’s Soccer Cheetahs played their second game of the year on the road against Lionel-Groulx and they pulled out a 2-0 shutout win to even their season record at 1-1. Vanier goals were scored by Gabriel Folino and Diego Langdon. Then on Sunday, they played a third road game of the season, this time against their cross-town rivals from Dawson and they emerged with a huge 3-1 win to improve their season record to 2-1.  Rickson Aristilde scored two goals plus Carl Younes added another in this important victory.  Way ta go, Cheetahs!! Their next game will be their home opener, which will be played on Friday, September 14th at 9:30 PM VS Dawson. It will be preceded by the Div.2 Women’s Soccer team, also facing Dawson, starting at 7:30 PM. See the VTV promo video about the Men’s Soccer home opener.


DIV.1 MEN’S FOOTBALL
On Saturday afternoon, our Men’s Football Cheetahs took their 2-0 record on the road where they played at St-Jean who had a season record of 0-2 going into this game. However, St-Jean came out very strong initially and scored 2 TDs in the first half to take a 15-2 lead. Cheetahs running back Kevin Foster scored a TD in the 3rd quarter to make it 15-10, putting us within a touchdown of taking the lead. Later on, a field goal by Vanier kicker Adam Mahrouse in the 4th quarter made it really close at 15-13, but then St-Jean scored 2 straight touchdowns and emerged with a 28-13 win. Offensively, Vanier was led by running back Kevin Foster who rushed 20 times for 132 yards and 1 touchdown. Receiver Réginald Prophète caought 5 passes for 134 yards. QB Daniel Sananes completed 13 of 25 passes for 155 yards and had 2 interceptions. Later in the game, backup QB William Vandelac threw 5-12 for 99 yards and had 1 interception. Defensively, the top Cheetah performer was Zachary Filion who had 9 tackles, 8 solo and 2 assisted. Kaylyn St-Cyr was credited with 7.5 tackles while Costa Papanikolaou had 7 tackles. Vanier’s next game will be played at home VS long-time rivals Vieux-Montreal Spartiates on this coming Saturday, September 15th starting at 7:30 PM.


WOMEN’S FLAG FOOTBALL
The Lady Flag Football Cheetahs had their season and home openers on Sunday afternoon where they played a doubleheader against Terreboone and then Joliette, and they won them both! In the first game VS Terrebonne, they emerged with a dominant 39-7 win. Vanier was led by Amanda Townsend-Asselein who had 3 TDs, as well as by Jasmine Bethelmy (2 TDs) and Keiya Ebony Allen-Beckles with 1 TD. Then, in their match against Joliette, they won by the score of 32-21. The leading scorer of that game was Jasmine Bethelmy (2 TDs) with single TDs from Mathilde Caille, Rachelle Vallières, and Jenna Lauren Araujo. The team will next play two games on the road, held at École secondaire Rosemont, on Sunday, September 16th. They will first face Rosemont at 9:00 AM and then play against Gérald-Godin at 12:30 PM.


WOMEN’S AND MEN’S RUGBY
The Vanier Rugby Women’s and Men’ Cheetahs also played their season and home openers on Sunday afternoon VS André-Laurendeau and both teams emerged victorious!! In the Lady Cheetahs match, they won convincingly 36-15, while the Rugby Men’s team squeaked out a hard-fought 10-8 win. Great start to the season, Cheetahs! The Men return to action with a home game on Sunday, September 30th when they’ll face Jean-de-Brébeuf at 12:00 noon, followed by the Lady Rugby Cheetahs’ game against Champlain-Lennoxville which starts at 1:30 PM. The Lady Rugby team’s next game will be before that, as they play a road game next week on Sunday, September 16th @ Héritage starting at noon.


DIV.1 MEN’S BASKETBALL PRE-SEASON NEWS
By Head Coach Andy Hertzog

Our men’s Division 1 basketball team played its first exhibition game of the season on Saturday, at home against Jonquiere, which should be one of the top D2 teams this year, and which is coached by our alum Ben Millaud-Meunier. We won the game comfortably, by a score of 96-68. Our leading scorers were Steeve Joseph and Chris Biekeu with 18 points each. Pier-Olivier Racine had 17 points. Karim Mané and Josh Koulamallah had 10 points each, and Nginyu Ngala and Josh Mein each added 9 points.

On Sunday we travelled to Lennoxville to scrimmage the Bishop’s University Gaiters, taking on much stiffer competition. We played 4 10-minute quarters, like a complete game, and then a “bonus” 5-minute session at the end. Our players struggled at the beginning of the game with the physicality of the older Gaiters players, and we lost the first 2 periods. But, we eventually got used to competing against the stronger and tougher Gaiters, and we were then able to play our game. We rebounded to win the 3rd and 4th periods, and lost the extra bonus session by a point. Overall we scored 1 more point than our opponents.

I thought that the weekend was a good first step, and we definitely saw progression throughout our 2 contests. We have a lot of work to do, and many deficiencies to address, but this team has tremendous potential.

A reminder that next Sunday, September 16, is our annual Men’s Basketball ALUMNI DAY, from 10:00 AM until around 1:00 PM. If you plan on attending, and have not already confirmed to me, please email me as soon as possible.

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