Kajan Thiruthanikasalam (Sports Writer, Colts Athletics)
ANCASTER, ONT.- The first day of the 2018 belairdirect OCAA Women's Indoor Soccer Championships wrapped up at Redeemer University College for the Centennial Colts as they were set to make their sixth consecutive appearance at provincials.
Centennial has a lot of work to do for the second day, combined with a little bit of luck, as they dropped both of their round robin matches earlier today at the Redeemer Sports Complex. The Colts (0-2-0) are tied in fourth place with the Mohawk Mountaineers (0-2-0) while the Conestoga Condors have three points (1-1-0).
Meanwhile, the Fanshawe Falcons and the Sheridan Bruins each have six points and a 2-0-0 record, but Sheridan leads Pool B by way of goals scored. Centennial plays Mohawk at 2:00pm and Conestoga at 3:40pm to wrap up round robin play.
In the first match, a mishap from goalkeeper Sabrina Rizzo and a rebound in the second half proved to be the difference as the Bruins defeated the Colts, 2-0. A clearance attempt by Rizzo went to the feet of Zoe Derkach, who made no mistake deflecting it into the net to open up the scoring, 4:30 into the second half.
Five minutes later, Rizzo made a stop on Derkach, but could not hold on to the ball as midfielder Connie Drennan put the rebound home to double the Bruins' lead. The Colts only had one shot on goal the entire match, and it came from forward Kali Zheng. Rizzo made eight saves in defeat.
In the second match, the Colts were less than a minute away from earning a point against the defending bronze medallist Falcons but a clearance attempt went awry and a breakaway led to a late goal from centre midfielder Allison Pike as Fanshawe beat Centennial, 2-1.
Goalkeeper Brandi Riggs was spectacular despite the loss as she made six saves out of eight shots on goal, many of the saves coming in pressure situations.
Defender Emily Mitchell opened the scoring a little over six minutes into the first half (13:50 left) as she buried home a rebound past Riggs. But 43 seconds later, Centennial responded as midfielder Lais Rios fired off a long range shot into the top shelf off the fingertips of Falcons goalkeeper Alison Vlasman to tie the game, scoring the Colts' first goal of the tournament.
Fanshawe dominated possession in the second half and had multiple chances to take the lead but were stymied by Riggs until Pike's low shot finally solved the Colts goalie.
OCAA Championship Match #1 vs. Sheridan Bruins: https://flic.kr/s/aHsky8gKnq
OCAA Championship Match #2 vs. Fanshawe Falcons: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmeLVnwz