Red Hawks positioning for title
By Darren Lum
May 10, 2016
It’s been several years since offence and the Red Hawks girls’ senior soccer team has been spoken within the same breath.
Teams from recent memory were solid competitors, but just lacked the players with scoring skill, coach Judi Paul said.
“They’re offensively minded,” she said. “We usually have a strong defence and we had challenges in scoring. This year we got a strong offensive team.”
This season the team has already scored a very prolific 15 goals in three games, led by Mackenzie Henderson. Paul points out Henderson isn’t the team’s only scorer, as others have been contributing.
The team, she said, includes a group that is athletic and skillful.
With a 2-1 record (as of Friday, May 6), the Hawks are in a strong position to win a Kawartha High School Girls’ soccer title.
“We could be the Kawartha champions,” she said.
The team doubled up on Brock 4-2 and routed St. Thomas Aquinas 8-0 in the five game regular season.
The lone loss came Wednesday, May 4 at the feet of I.E. Weldon Secondary School, who edged out the Hawks 4-3 in Lindsay. After going down a goal in the first half, the Hawks tied it up and then took a 2-1 lead, but the Wildcats responded with the equalizer and added two more goals in the second half when Haliburton scored a goal in the second half to fall short.
Paul said the team started with only two bench players and was fatigued by the end of it, having been shorthanded.
“That makes a difference when you only have two spares,” she said.
The team’s next home game is on May 11 against Fenelon Falls Secondary School. The juniors play at 4:30, following the seniors.