Short season means steep curve for soccer Hawks

By Terrance Gavan
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Okay so we endure a lot of interminable sports seasons.

And I’m all for brevity.

But, holy cow, Kawartha women’s soccer may be pushing the paradigm on the “blink and you’ll miss it”

Both junior and senior Red Hawks’ footy teams sprang into action last week.

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Lindsay Pogue scored foru goals to power Hal High past Lindsay's IE Weldon. Photo by Yousef Gavan

Kawartha playoffs start on May 20.
So not a lot of time to spend team-building.

Amy Klose, senior girls coach and Judi Paul, the junior girls’ mentor, are stressing the importance of each and every game to their charges.

The senior girls remain undefeated (one game called for lightning, one win and one tie) and the juniors are 1-1 on their season.

The seniors defeated IE Weldon on the force of a powerful second half comeback in their home opener last Friday, April 29.

Down 1-0 at the half, the imperturbable and pumped-up Red Hawks launched a comeback unprecedented in the annals of Hal High soccer.

Lindsay Pogue literally rose like Phoenix to power, single-handedly, the Hawks to a 4-2 victory.

Pogue scored all four goals, surprising everyone including the coach.

“I don’t know where it came from,” said Klose after the game. “She took over.”

The comeback win was followed by a tough 1-1 tie with the visiting St. Thomas Aquinas squad on Brohman pitch on Monday, May 2.

Grace Diezel popped the Red Hawks’ only tally off of a set piece corner.

The postponed league opener against Fenelon will be played on Wednesday May 11.

Klose says that her girls are strong from backside to middle and right up through the strikeforce.

And with Pogue suddenly showing such potential Lose is biting her tongue while expressing some cautious optimism.

“We have five more games, but we’re undefeated,” laughed coach Klose on Monday evening, shortly after that tie versus Aquinas. “Unbeaten. It’s been some time since we’ve been able to say that.”

Klose says that team strength is integral to their early success. “We’re going to be okay,” says Klose. “The key is we don’t have any big holes.”

Klose was obviously disappointed in the 1-1 draw on Monday afternoon. She says that her club outchanced the opposition, but just couldn’t place the ball in the back of the net.

“I kept waiting for that (magic) to happen today,” says Klose. “We had chances but we kept shooting the ball at the goalie. But still, we kept great pressure on them all game.”

The juniors are in an enviable position. They are 1-1 on the season, but due to one of those scheduling dipsey-doodles, the Hawks, as one of only two AA schools in their section of Kawartha are guaranteed a playoff game against Brock High Badgers.

Coincidentally, both Hawks teams went on the road to Brock yesterday (Wed, May 4).

The junior Hawks beat Fenelon Falls 4-0 last week and lost a 5-1 decision to IE Weldon LAST Friday afternoon.

Kayla Gardiner, Jessica Duchene, Casey Pringle and Laura Pottier all scored in the Fenelon win.

Paul said that the girls will have a better idea how it all shakes down after yesterday’s Brock game. (Results available in next week’s Voice.)

It’s a pretty compressed seasaon,” laughs Paul, over the phone last Monday. St Thomas Aquinas has no junior club so the junior Hawks enjoyed a day off on Monday. “We’ll have a better idea this Wednesday (yesterday) after we play Brock.

“You never know one year to the next what you’re facing. We’ll know this week how our playoff is looking.”

Paul says that thus far into the season – against triple A schools Fenelon and Weldon – she’s happy with the play of her charges.

“We have a string team this year, a lot of great returning players,” says Paul. “Duchene is very strong in the midfield while Pottier, Gardiner and Pringle all bring a wealth of scoring potential to the pitch.

We will be bringing you up-to-the-minute results on our new County Voice Sports Page located at www.countyvoice.org. Get me at gav@countyvoice.ca for tips and taps.

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