© Herald photo by Dave Leaderhouse
St. Mary captain, Taylor Smith, battles for control of the ball in the championship game of the St. Mary senior girl’s soccer tournament on Saturday. Despite the chilly weather, the Marauders captured the title with a convincing 4-1 victory over the Holy Cross Crusaders from Saskatoon.
The St. Mary Marauders appear ready to take a run at a provincial title in senior girl’s soccer play downs as they went undefeated in capturing the gold medal their own tournament on the weekend.
The Marauders, who will be in North Battleford on Tuesday for a regional qualifier game against Composite High School, capped the perfect weekend with a convincing 4-1 triumph over the Holy Cross Crusaders from Saskatoon.
Jessica Buettner and Chantelle Doell each scored twice for the Marauders in the final game with Doell playing a key role in all three of the St. Mary victories. In preliminary round-robin games, Doell scored three times in a 6-0 triumph over Meadow Lake and she added one more in a 5-0 victory over John Paul II from North Battleford. Also scoring for St. Mary in the win over Meadow Lake were Quinn Buettner, Mackenzie Lucas and Hailey Erickson while Nicole Walker, with two goals, Quinn Buettner and Erickson completed the scoring against John Paul II.
The event featured six teams with two pools of three teams playing a round-robin segment leading up to the championship game. Holy Cross topped the other pool with a 2-0 record after picking up wins over Carlton and the St. Mary “B” team. Carlton, who lost 1-0 to Holy Cross, finished second after Justine Zbaraschuk, Maddy Burgess and Amy Wilson helped the Crusaders to record a 3-0 decision over the St. Mary “B” squad.
Should the St. Mary senior girls win the playoff game in North Battleford on Tuesday that would set up an all-Prince Albert regional final as Carlton has already claimed the No. 1 seed for that event.
A St. Mary win on Tuesday would also provide the opportunity for Wednesday’s game to be played under the lights at Prime Ministers’ Park – a first for soccer in the city. An added bonus should St. Mary win is that both regional finalists will advance to the provincial tournament in Weyburn, which is slated for the first part of November.