Carlton Comprehensive High School hosted its annual Crusader Classic soccer tournament on the weekend and it was the host teams that claimed the championships.
The boy’s event featured a five-team round-robin with both Carlton and St. Mary going undefeated, but the hosts finished atop the standings with a better record.
Carlton was 3-1-0 in the event after recording wins over Saskatoon’s Walter Murray (5-0), Swift Current (2-1) and See See Wah Hum from Big River (3-1). The head-to-head clash against the cross-town rivals from St. Mary ended in a scoreless draw.
St. Mary, meanwhile, beat See See Wah Hum 1-0 and Walter Murray 6-1 in addition to scoreless draws against Carlton and Swift Current.
Ryan Earring had a goal in each of Carlton’s victories while other goal scorers were Scott Johnson, Nolan Johnson, Ashton Milligan, Kadin Paulson and Tarren Russell. The Johnsons actually had multiple-goal efforts in the lopsided win over Walter Murray with Scott netting the hat-trick and Nolan potting a pair.
For St. Mary, goals were scored by Kenan Holash, Larson Morin, Cordell Netmaker, Brian Kobelski and Joel Senko.
On the girl’s side, there were eight teams entered in the event with both Prince Albert teams once again deciding the champion.
Carlton went undefeated in the single-knockout format as they did not allow a goal in three games en route to capturing the gold medals. Carlton blasted Meadow Lake 6-0 in their opening game and then blanked Lloydminster 4-0 in the semifinals before capping the perfect weekend with a 2-0 triumph over St. Mary High School.
Justine Zbaraschuk, Kyra Ives, Madyson Burgess, Rikki Wilson, Sara Grassick and Mackenzie MacAuley scored for Carlton in the win over Meadow Lake while Zbaraschuk paced the attack against Lloydminster with a pair of tallies and singles were added by Harris and Morgan Braaten. In the gold-medal game, Grassick and Julie Weinberger provided the offense.
To get to the championship game, St. Mary also played strong defence as they posted 3-0 victories over North Battleford and Yorkton to set up the showdown with Carlton.
Scoring for St. Mary in the win over North Battleford was Chantelle Doell, with two, and Carly Pocha while against Yorkton it was Danielle McGunnigal, Taylor Issel and Zar Pellegrini.
Next on the schedule for the girls is the annual St. Mary tournament on Oct. 12-13 while the boys will also have a bit of a break with plans for a night game to be played under the lights at Prime Ministers’ Park yet to be finalized.
District playoffs and provincial championships will be held for both the boys and girls later in the month with girls provincials scheduled for Weyburn and the boys event set for Swift Current.