By Larry Moko
Three high school soccer teams from the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association went undefeated in their six games during opening-day action at Triple A OFSAA tournaments in Alliston and Sarnia Thursday.
In girls’ competition, the St. Thomas More Knights tied the St. Patrick Saints of Thunder Bay, 3-3, and then blanked the Emily Carr Thunderbirds of Vaughan, 3-0.
The Knights and the Cardinal Newman Cardinals are both representing the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference at the 20-team event in Alliston.
“We played much better in our second game and moved the ball well,” More coach Giovanni Carboni said.
Olivia Scibetta, Jen Romero and Irelan Scanlon scored in the opener for the HWCAA champions.
Against the Thunderbirds, Scanlon struck for two more goals and Makenna Williamson headed in a corner kick for the other Knights marker.
More faces the St. Peter Knights of Orleans and the St. Peter’s Panthers of Barrie to complete its pool-play schedule.
Newman tied London’s A. B. Lucas, 0-0, before blanking the St. Mary’s College Knights of Sault Ste. Marie, 4-0.
The Cardinals final two scheduled starts are against the St. Mary’s Eagles of Kitchener and Mississauga’s St. Martin Mustangs.
At the boys’ 20-team tournament in Sarnia, Cardinal Newman tied both of its games – 0-0 against Toronto’s Upper Canada College Blues and 1-1 versus Bishop Allen Academy Cardinals of Etobicoke.
“We deserved a better result in our first game,” Newman assistant coach Guy Venneri said. “We dominated possession for most of the game but couldn’t score. We hit three crossbars.”
Matteo Gregorio gave Newman a second-half lead against Bishop Allen but the Etobicoke squad equalized with three minutes remaining off a free kick.
Cardinal Newman’s final pool-play starts are against the Notre Dame Cougars of Ajax and the St. Mary’s Eagles of Kitchener.
Quarter-final playoffs for both boys and girls divisions are Friday. Medal games are Saturday.