The Sacred Heart girls soccer team attended a 16-team soccer tournament in Moose Jaw on Sept. 21-22. Some of the best teams from Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon, and Prince Albert attended.
The Sacred Heart team finished a best ever fourth place at this annual tournament, losing in the semi final in a shoot out to P.A. St Mary.
The Saints advanced to the A Pool Saturday based on their Friday play, which saw them win the Pool, winning all three games they played. They started the tournament with a victory over Moose Jaw Vanier. They won this game 11 -1. Goal scorers for the Saints were Rita Fetsch with seven, Bryce Sherring with three, and Allison Berge with the single.
The Saints’ next opponent was Balgonie Greenall, whom they handled 10-1. Fetsch lead the scoring again with five goals, Sherring added two, and Kendra Varjassy, J.J. Chogata, and Allison Berge all added singles.
Their toughest opponent in pool play was Saskatoon Evan Hardy, but the Saints were victorious in this game 4-1. Justine Zarowny and Rita Fetsch each had two goals apiece.
In the Semi Final game against P.A. St. Mary, the Saints took a 2-0 lead on goals by Fetsch and Chogata. They maintained this lead until the last 12 minutes of the game. Unfortunately for the Saints, they couldn’t hold the lead and P.A. came on strong to net two goals in the last 12 minutes. This sent the game into penalty kicks where P.A. scored all five and the Saints missed one. This loss meant the Saints would play for third, lining up against a strong Swift Current team. Although they played a great game, they came out on the losing end of a 2-1 score. Rita Fetsch scored the goal for the Saints.
Prince Albert St. Mary was the eventual tournament champs, winning 3-0 in the final against Prince Albert Carlton.
Saints head coach Jeanne Fetsch was pleased with her team’s effort.
“It was a great tournament for the Saints who played five solid games,” she said. “They were the top 2A school at the tournament and held their own against some of the top 3A schools. They outscored their opponents 28 to 6. One of the main reasons they only allowed 6 goals in the 5 games was the strong defensive play of Morgan Shymanski and Darrian Desjarlais. Offensively, Rita Fetsch and Bryce Sherring continue to find the net but had a lot of help from a number of beautiful through balls and sets ups from Kendra Varjassy.”
The Saints’ next action will be this weekend in Prince Albert where Carlton hosts their annual tournament.