The setup was simple at the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association provincial soccer championships on the weekend: win the first game and there is a chance for a medal; lose that opening contest and the consolation championship is the main objective.
Both the senior boyâ€™s and girlâ€™s teams from Carlton Comprehensive High School followed the strategy and were in the hunt for a medal on Saturday while both St. Mary teams suffered the wrath of the format and played for consolation titles.
In the end, the results turned in by the local teams were rather impressive.
At the girlâ€™s championship in Weyburn, Carlton won the bronze medal when Rikki Wilson and Julie Weinberger scored to give the Crusaders a 2-0 victory over Weyburn and St. Mary claimed the consolation championship with a 3-0 triumph over Regina Campbell. Cheyene Morin, Jessica Buettner and Taylor Smith had the goals for the Marauders in their final game.
Carlton had opened up the tournament with a 1-0 decision over Centennial, but they lost their chance at going for the gold medal when they were outscored 5-0 by Evan Hardy from Saskatoon in semifinal action. Kyra Ives had scored the goal for Carlton in the opening game.
St. Mary, meanwhile, lost 3-0 to Evan Hardy in their opening game, but bounced back with a 2-0 win over Centennial in consolation-side semifinal play. Buettner and Carly Pocha were the goalscorers for the Marauders in that contest.
At the boyâ€™s event in Swift Current, Carlton once again opened the tournament with a victory as they beat Regina Campbell 1-0 in overtime on a goal by Jake Stefanyshyn. With less than an hour between games, however, the Crusaders were crushed 6-1 by St. Josephâ€™s from Saskatoon in semifinal action and in the bronze-medal game they were blanked 4-0 by Saskatoon Holy Cross. Stefanyshyn had the lone goal in the loss to St. Josephâ€™s.
Just like at the girlâ€™s event, St. Mary boyâ€™s lost their first game 2-0 to Holy Cross, but on the consolation side they cruised to the title with 6-0 and 6-1 victories over Weyburn and Swift Current, respectively. Goal scorers from the game against Weyburn were unavailable, but Keanan Holash led the Marauders with three goals against Swift Current while Joel Senko, Godswill Anako and Landon Heglund had singles.