Lady Knights look to retain footy title
Soccer: Holy Trinity Academy among favourites in Foothills Athletic Council
Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 06:00 am
The Holy Trinity Academy Knights are hoping history repeats itself and one becomes two.
Depth should be a strength of the defending Foothills Athletic Council champion senior girls soccer team this season with 20 players on the roster.
Nine Grade 12s and four Grade 11s are joined by seven high school freshman.
“My initial feeling is that the average ability level is higher than last year,” said Knights coach Peter Mundy. “There is a strong group of Grade 10s coming through that will fill any holes created by the Grade 12s leaving.
“We have a higher goal scoring potential from a larger group of players this year. Our midfield is strong and skillful and I’ll stick my neck out to say that our defence is also stronger, with a positive mix of speed and aggression.”
When asked what the expectations are for the season the coach emphasized taking care of the process will take care of the results.
“To develop the players skill and control, to develop players’ tactical appreciation for the game, to play with intensity, to have fun and connect with the team,” Mundy said. “If we can do all that then the results will be in our favour.”
If history is any indication, the Knights’ title bid will have to go through the Rockies.
HTA and the Canmore Crusaders have been at the top of the heap over the past half-decade.
The Knights ended Canmore’s two-year crusade as league champions last fall. The Okotoks school was on a two-year gold medal run prior to that. The Foothills Falcons last won the title in 2011.
HTA opened the season with a pair of shutouts in week one, highlighted by a 2-0 win over Canmore on Sept. 21.
Striker MacKenna Dyck scored both goals.
“There was a lot off talent in the Canmore side,” Mundy said. “The plan was to pressure their players high in their half and in midfield, force them into errors and maintain possession ourselves. Our girls gave a brilliant all round pressing, passing and possession game performance.”
The six-team FAC also features High River’s Notre Dame Collegiate Timberwolves and Highwood Mustangs as well as the Strathmore Spartans.
The Knights and Falcons’ only regular season match-up is Sept. 26.
Week two wraps up with the Falcons hosting the Spartans and the Knights making the trip to High River to battle the Timberwolves.
The condensed season moves into the playoff round on Oct. 5 with the league final and bronze medal match set for Oct. 12.