This Article is in the Mercury today. This is my daughter Erika’s High School Team, however due to her injuries she wasn’t able to play in this game.
Pflug leads Mac attack to title
Bischop Macdonell Celtics play ‘one of their best games of the year’ to win girls soccer crown
GUELPH – There was an early indication that the District 10 girls’ soccer final was going to be a good one for the Bishop Macdonell Celtics Tuesday afternoon.
“We had a really good warmup, better than normal,” Pflug said.
Pflug scored two goals and set up the other one as the Celtics downed the St. James Lions 3-0 at St. James.
By getting to the final, the Celtics had broken one of their recent trends – they had been championship-game combatants only in odd-numbered years since 2007 when they lost 2-1 to Centennial. They won 6-1 over Lourdes in 2009 and lost 3-0 to Centennial last year.
“That was probably one of the best games we’ve played all year,” Bishop Mac coach Phil DiNucci said. “We said at the beginning of the year our goal was to play everybody, move them around and get everybody comfortable playing as a team. We’ve only shortened our bench the last couple of games and luckily enough, today we were able to get everybody an opportunity to play a few minutes.”
The win over St. James was also their first victory over the Lions since a 1-0 triumph in a regular-season game May 5, 2009. However, the two teams always seem to play close matches as they’ve tied twice since then.
“They played pretty good, but we hadn’t won against them in a long time, so we’re pretty happy,” Pflug said.
In the regular season this year, the Lions won 1-0 May 10. That win helped the Lions to a 6-0-1 record and a first-place finish while the Celtics were second at 5-1-1.
In last week’s semifinals, Bishop Mac edged the Ross Royals 1-0 while St. James dropped the Centre Wellington Falcons 5-0. Kira McKillop scored for the Celtics while Tianna Sullivan was credited with the shutout. Victoria Kallitsis and Hayley Ferguson each had two goals for St. James while Jordan Hamilton scored the other one. Brianna Barnhart picked up the shutout.
Tuesday, Pflug scored a pair of goals five minutes apart midway through the first half, then set up McKillop for the other goal early in the second half. Sullivan had the shutout.
“The first goal, I believe Kira shot it through and I ran onto it and shot it back post,” Pflug said. “The second goal, I went to cross it in, but it went top corner.”
After the Lions pressed for the first 15 minutes, the Celtics responded and play moved more into the midfield area than either end.
“Once we started opening it up, then it was more of our game,” DiNucci said. “We were able to hold that for most of the game and have them play our style as opposed to their style. Their style is difficult to play against. They drive it up the middle, a lot of long shots and they try to move the ball toward the middle and get pressure on. As soon as we opened the field, cut the middle down a bit it opened up some space and we were able to get ball diagonally and we were able to capitalize.”
Both the Celtics and Lions advance to CWOSSA qualifying games.
St. James will play the Centre Dufferin Royals at Shelburne Thursday in a AAA qualifier while the Celtics will play at Delhi Monday in a AA qualifier.
The CWOSSA AA tournament is to be held at Palmerston May 31 while the AAA tournament is a two-day affair May 30-31 at Kitchener.