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EDSS soccer squads fall in quarter-finals at WCSSAA

The EDSS boys fell 5-1 to Huron Heights in the quarter-finals at Woodside Park on May 16. [Veronica Reiner]

The EDSS soccer season came to an end last week after a 5-1 rout of the boys by Huron Heights Secondary School, and a 4-0 shutout of the girls by Grand River Collegiate Institute.

Playing May 16 in the Waterloo County Secondary School Athletics Association (WCSSAA) quarter finals at the Kitchener Woodside Park, the boys faced off for a second time against HHSS in the WCSSAA series, but couldn’t recapture the magic of their 1-0 win back in April.

After climbing to fifth place out of 16 over the regular season, the loss brought to an end the team’s season.

“Unfortunately, we lost in the quarter-final game on Thursday,” said head coach Sarah Hamilton. “Huron Heights proved to be a tough opponent that was stronger and faster throughout the entirety of the game. That ends our 2019 season.”

The team will be going through a bit of a shake up after the summer as several players will be graduating out of the high school team. That means a fresh, if potentially uncertain, beginning for the team next year in the 2020 season.

“We have 12 graduating students on the team this year which means the boys’ soccer team next year will look very different,” said Hamilton.

The girls also saw their hopes for an appearance at regionals dashed after a 4-0 shutout by Grand River Collegiate Institute at the Kitchener school on May 16. The girls entered into the playoffs seeded third of eight in their pool, but couldn’t match GRCI, which topped the standings in their pool with seven straight wins and no losses.

The GRCI contingent went on to face Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute at Tuesday’s semis at RIM Park, coming away with a 3-0 win,  while Waterloo-Oxford lost to Jacob Hespeler Secondary School by a score of 2-1.

In boys’ action this week, the senior squad from Cameron Heights beat HHSS 2-1 in overtime, while Eastwood Collegiate edged Preston High School 1-0 on Tuesday.

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