Girls field hockey team beat South Huron for title of champion
Goderich Vikings field hockey team finished their season undefeated and in first place for a consecutive year.
The Vikings finish with a record of 9-0-1 and aim to continue the path of success.
Beginning the season with strong exhibition play, there were learning curves for the team adjusting to playing on grass at home and turf everywhere else. With 16 returning players, the Vikings only see four players graduating – Kylie Kroll, Neeliah Lewis, Emma Davison and Erin Hastie.
Coach Ray Lewis is hopeful there will not be as large of a learning curve next year, adding they will miss the graduating players.
“Each season we set and attempt to surpass our goals. Our season is still going on, so that’s good for us,” admits Lewis.
The biggest rivalry in conference play has always been South Huron and Lewis admits that no matter how good a team is, history against South Huron shows one-goal games.
Defeating South Huron Panthers last week on home turf in the Huron-Perth Championship, the Vikings will host the WOSSAA championship on Thursday.
“The WOSSAA final will be difficult as we have a tough conference,” adds Lewis.
“You can be great, but to get through you need some bounces to go your way.”
The Vikings competed against South Huron in a hard-fought battle with several chances by both teams. With 30 seconds left in the first half, the Vikings finally got on the board when Darcie Brohman finished a pass from Kylie Kroll.
Trading chances in the second half, Vikings goalkeeper Emma Davison made several important stops to preserve the lead.
Despite defeating South Huron, Lewis admits that the Vikings have played better this season and have dominated South Huron in an earlier match.
“With the exception of goaltending, we honestly were not happy with our effort against South Huron,” says Lewis.
“This game we held back too much and lacked our usual aggression.”
An insurance goal came late in the match when Neeliah Lewis fed Darcie Brohman.
In the second match last week hosted at GDCI, after defeated South Huron, the Vikings came from behind to tie Listowel 1-1. With only five seconds left, Neeliah Lewis preserved the undefeated season with a penalty shot.
According to coach Ray Lewis, Grace Taylor, Caity Cox, Michaela Alcock and Niah Lacroix all have outstanding games last week for the Vikings.
After another successful season the Vikings look forward to hosting the WOSSAA championship against the Thames Valley champion – either Medway Cowboys or St. Thomas Stampeders – on Thursday, Oct. 24.
The winner will head to compete at OFSAA.