The Bishop Ryan Celtics have advanced to Saturday’s semi-finals of the 2013 Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys’ soccer championship.
Competing at the Triple A level in Windsor, the top-seeded Celtics of Hamilton won their quarter-final on Friday (June 7), 2-1, over Ottawa St. Pius X on penalty shots. Sam DeAragao of Bishop Ryan and Marco Natoli of St. Pius X traded goals during regulation time.
Bishop Ryan’s next opponent will be Toronto Silverthorn at the Vollmer Complex. In the other semi-final, also at 9 a.m., Mississauga’s St. Joan of Arc takes on Scarborough’s Blessed Cardinal Newman. Newman won its quarter-final, 2-1, in overtime over Windsor Catholic Central, while St. Joan of Arc topped Burlington’s Corpus Christi Longhorns, 3-2.
Earlier in the day, Bishop Ryan completed pool play with a 1-0 victory over Cornwall St. Joseph’s (a goal by DeAragao) and a 1-1 tie against St. Michael. Sharaeel Hormoz scored for the Hamilton squad.
The gold medal match is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. at the University of Windsor’s Alumni Field.
In the 20-team Triple A girls’ division, also being held in Windsor, Hamilton’s St. Mary Crusaders and the Bishop Ryan Celtics were eliminated in pool play. On Friday, the Crusaders (2-2) got a goal by Alicia Robinson in their 1-0 victory over the defending champions from Mississauga Iona. However, St. Mary also dropped a 2-0 decision to Henry Street.
Top-seeded Louis-Riel of Gloucester blanked Bishop Ryan 4-0. The Celtics then got their first point in the standings with a 2-2 tie against Guelph St. James. Lydia Josipovic handled the scoring for BR.