Both St. Mary High School and Carlton Comprehensive High School attended the Soccerfest held in Moose Jaw on the weekend and both local schools turned in strong performances.
It was Carlton, however, that came away with a medal in the 16-team senior girl’s event as they defeated Regina Campbell 2-0 in the bronze-medal final.
Julie Weinberger and Justine Zbaraschuk scored the goals for Carlton, who gave up just one goal in five games, but unfortunately that one goal was in a 1-0 loss to Regina Leboldus in the semifinals.
Prior to that heartbreaking defeat, Carlton had breezed through the preliminary round beating teams from Moose Jaw, Lloydminster and Saskatoon by a combined score of 14-0.
In a 7-0 rout of Moose Jaw Vanier, Nicki Harris led the way with two goals while singles were added by Christina Pfeil, Rikki Wilson, Sara Grassick, Kyra Ives and Weinberger. Against Lloydminster it was Wilson leading the way with two goals in a 5-0 win with Pfeil, Grassick and Hailey Wooden each scoring once. Harris and Grassick were the goal scorers in a 2-0 win over Evan Hardy from Saskatoon, which put Carlton into the championship-event semifinals.
St. Mary had two teams entered in the tournament with the White team winning the “D” final while the Blue club lost in a shootout in the B-event final.
The White team struggled to find the net in the preliminary round losing 6-0 to Swift Current, 2-1 to Notre Dame and 3-1 to Moose Jaw Central. In the playoffs, however, the White team beat Estevan 4-1 and then got past Moose Jaw Vanier 4-0 to win the D-event. Scoring for the White team in the win over Estevan was Carley Pocha with two, Cheyenne Morin and Michelle Tereposky while in the match against Moose Jaw it was Courtney Markovich, Kelly Cooper, Morin and Tereposky providing the offence.
The Blue team, meanwhile, looked unstoppable in their first two games beating Estevan 7-0 and Moose Jaw Peacock 8-0, but a 1-0 setback to Regina Campbell in their final preliminary game dropped the Blue team to B-event.
In the playoffs, the Blue team once again scored in bunches recording a 4-0 triumph over Notre Dame in semifinal play and they then battled Yorkton to a 2-2 draw in regulation time in the B-event final before losing in the shootout. Scoring for the Blue team in the final match were Taylor Smith and Brianne Dinney-Bates.
Next action for the senior girl’s is this coming weekend when Carlton will be hosting an eight-team event at Prime Ministers’ Park. St. Mary is also entered in the tournament with their own event scheduled for Oct. 12-13, also at Prime Ministers’ Park.