MAPLE RIDGE – It’s a quick race to the finish line for North Dundas District High School’s soccer players.
With a two-week window to get the games in, the Maple Ridge-based school’s boys’ and girls’ teams were on the pitch for a combined total of 12 matches across three school days last week and earlier this week.
Playing host Wed., May 8, the Devils squads faced off with Cornwall Collegiate and Char-Lan.
On the boys’ side, the day started off strong with a 5-1 takedown of Cornwall, with three goals from Peter Xidias, and singles from Curtis Bell and Cam Cotnam.
Game two against Char-Lan was a slim 2-1 victory for North Dundas, thanks to toe touches from Xidias and Bell.
Having home field advantage again Thurs., May 9, the boys’ team opened the day with a 2-0 win against L’Heritage, getting late goals from Bell and Xidias, and then followed up the morning with a 1-0 afternoon loss to the perennially dominant Glengarry.
The Devils were back at it Mon., May 13 in Cornwall, working to a 1-1 draw with St. Joe’s and beating La Citadelle 2-0.
Against St. Joe’s, Xidias gave North Dundas the lead in the final 10 minutes, tapping in a corner kick. The opposition roared back down the field, however, and evened the score not long after.
Xidias was at it again against La Citadelle, converting on a penalty kick opportunity and using the bicycle kick method to put his team ahead 2-0.
“Overall, it was a great defensive effort from all our guys,” head coach Kevin Bell said. “It made sure keeper Matt Roach only had to deal with perimeter shooting.”
The Lady Devils played each of the same days, and started with such promise. Game one was a 5-0 dismantling of Cornwall Collegiate; however, that would stand as the lone high note for them.
What followed was offensive onslaught from the opposition, as North Dundas fell 7-0 to Char-Lan to close out May 8, and dropped matches to both L’Heritage (8-0) and Glengarry (6-0).
The scores were equally as one-sided in Cornwall May 13, losing 8-0 to St. Joe’s and 7-0 to La Citadelle.
Both squads are back in action tomorrow (Thurs., May 16), taking on Tagwi and Holy Trinity in Williamstown. Fri., May 17 sends the teams back to Cornwall to face Seaway and St. Lawrence.