Redeemer Royals off to rough soccer start

It wasn’t the start Redeemer’s soccer Royals were hoping for. Coming off the summer break, the Royals found themselves opening their Ontario Colleges Athletic Association season on the road instead of the comfortable confines of Royals Field in Ancaster.

The results from Friday’s and Saturday’s (Sept. 14-15) games was a mere point as the men’s and women’s teams visited Lambton and St. Clair colleges.

Both teams opened up against Lambton College on Friday with the Lady Royals earning a 2-2 draw while the men’s team fell 2-0.

The Lady Royals seemed to be in full control after taking a 2-0 lead with goals by Leesha DeWeerd in the 22nd minute and Carly Voortman in the 28th minute. However, Lambton settled in and started pressured the Royals. Victoria Regan pulled one back for Lambton in the 37th minute bringing the score to 2-1 going into halftime.

With 10 minutes to go in the second half, the Lions grabbed the equalizer on a goal from Lauren DeJong.

The men came into their Friday match with high hopes to take three points off of the Lambton Lions who were on a 43-game losing streak. The Lions last win was in 2007. So much for losing streaks.

The Royals were stunned in the third minute when Justin Passalacqua gave the Lions the lead. The Royals never got on track and struggled to find their scoring touch. With the Royals pushing for the draw in the final minutes, Lambton countered and put the game out of reach with Passalacqua’s second of the match.

Travelling from Sarnia to Windsor on Saturday to face the St. Clair Saints, the men’s team again put themselves in an early hole. Gabriel Poulino scored in the 12th minute and added his second of the game in the 34th minute for a 2-0 lead for the Saints at halftime. Two more goals in the 62nd minute (Brian Santos) and 82nd minute (David Carlesimo) put the game out of reach for Redeemer. Jordan Bokma got the Royals on the board in the 85th minute with the men’s teams’ first goal of the season as the game ended 4-1.

The Lady Royals were shut out, losing 3-0 loss to the Saints.

Two quick goals in the fourth minute (Nicole McKenzie) and 11th minute (Ashley DaParteria) gave the Saints a comfortable margin. Another goal by the Saints in the 35th minute (Sara Kox) secured the victory.

The men’s and women’s teams return home for two big games on Tuesday (Sept 18) as Redeemer welcomes the Fanshawe Falcons in the Royals’ home openers.

The women take the pitch at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.