OFSAA Soccer Championships
A memorable soccer season came to a close in Timmins on Saturday as the Boys’ Spring Soccer team came within inches of winning the OFSAA (A) provincial title. The Tigers went 6 wins-1 loss to earn the silver medal. Following a first place group round with wins over London Christian (1-0; Jaime Pi), Trenton St.Paul (3-1; Matt Sobkowski 2, Andrew Watson), Williamstown Char-Lan (1-0; Cole Hanna), and New Liskeard Ste. Marie (7-2; Phillip Miebach 4, Nicholas Prestia 2, Maurice Bienkowski), the Tigers advanced to the quarter final game.
In a very evenly played match against St.Thomas Aquinas H.S. of Kenora, Captain Matthew Sobkowski scored the lone goal to advance Ridley into the semi-final on Saturday morning. Ridley pressed their advantage over Sudbury St.Benedict with a pair of goals by Cole Hanna, and singles from Matt Sobkowski and Liam Wilson to win 4-0.
Playing in the school’s first ever boys’ soccer medal game at OFSAA the Tigers faced a strong side in Renaissance E.S.C. of Aurora. The two teams entered the final having won each of their previous 6 games, so something had to give. The Phoenix started smartly and took advantage of some hesitancy in the Ridley defense to take the early lead. Ridley reorganized and settled into a rhythm of its own and were an even match against the technically gifted Renaissance side. Forcing the play, Ridley came close to equalizing with a driving shot from Jaime Pi which crashed off the crossbar. Oliver Rodriguez Hernandez smashed a goal-bound effort from the edge of the box only to see the keeper pull off a remarkable save.
The second half saw more end-to-end action with chances for each team. Nicholas Antunes was outstanding in goal for the Tigers, making some excellent saves to keep it a one-goal game as Ridley went in search of an equalizer. It was the Phoenix who were put on the back foot as the Tigers were relentless in attack. Centre-back Sinclair Kemp-Griffin was massive for Ridley in both defense and attack. His late mazy runs nearly resulted in goals, but the Renaissance defence held on with some frantic defending. Final result: Renaissance 1 v. Ridley 0.
It was a loss by the closest of margins, and an effort that that the school can be proud of.
Written by Coach Mr. Paul O’Rourke
OFSAA Track and Field Championships
A brisk, bleak day in Oshawa did not dampen Ridley spirits on Day Two of the OFSAA Track and Field Championships. Heather P. ran an incredible SG 1500m race with a time of 4:33:70, not only shaving an impressive 4 seconds off her previous Personal Best, but securing a 6th place finish overall.
Stuart Green, OR’76, was in the stands cheering on the Orange and Black and came to congratulate Heather on her fine performance. The final day of OFSAA Track and Field Championships saw Heather P. run the SG 3000m with tenacity and grit. Up against the fastest Senior Girls in Ontario, Heather kept pace and added a new Personal Best to her collection. She ran 9:54:60, earning a 6th place finish.
This race marks the end of Heather’s illustrious track and field career at Ridley. We are so proud of you, Heather!
Written by Track and Field Coach, Ms. Thomas