By Larry Moko
Isabella Borreggine made her debut as a high school soccer player and at the same time was able to be a part of something no other Bishop Ryan Celtics team had ever been able to achieve before.
Bishop Ryan became first-time winners of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic girls’ indoor soccer championship.
Thanks largely to Borreggine’s individual effort on the goal she scored, the Celtics edged the St. Mary Crusaders 1-0 in the final at Redeemer University College Tuesday.
“This is my first time doing varsity soccer, so I’m very happy,” Borreggine said at the conclusion of the two-day tournament-style competition.
A Grade 11 student, Borreggine also plays at the U17 rep level for the Saltfleet Stoney Creek club.
“She made a really smart soccer play,” Crusaders coach John Ivinac said of Borreggine’s marker. “Our guys had a miscommunication and she took advantage of it.”
The Bishop Ryan forward pressured the defence and tapped the ball to herself before rolling the ball into the open net.
“She was aggressive enough to follow up on the play,” Ivinac added. “She didn’t back off. She didn’t assume.”
Bishop Ryan got past the Bishop Tonnos Titans in one semifinal while St. Mary advanced in the other with a victory over the Cardinal Newman Cardinals. Both games were scoreless during the 30 minutes of regulation time and had to be decided on penalty kicks.
“We got silver last year so our goal was to get gold this year,” Celtics coach Cassandra Fortino said. “We’re very excited.”
Other players on the Bishop Ryan roster included Karolina Kolodziej, Lauren Owen, Julianna Cellamore, Jenna Hanson, Laryssa Sanelli, Stefanie Srbijavonic, Olivia Porco, Halle Williams, Antonija Bosnjak, Kiara Ponte, Marissa Mestre, Ciera Misale, Camille Beraldo, Julia McDonald, Alyssa Mawema, Madison Mair, Jenna Owen and Clara Maximus.
“We showed great intensity from the beginning,” Fortino said of BR’s overall performance at the tournament. “Our passing, defending and shooting was awesome. It was a team effort. We really wanted it.”
Bishop Ryan rebounded after losing 1-0 to St. Mary last week during preliminary-round action. Said Ivinac: “The last time we played Bishop Ryan we had four or five breakaways. Today, we couldn’t get the midfield working well enough to set up the forwards.”
Although they couldn’t finish around the net in the championship game, the Crusaders still had more dangerous scoring chances than did the Celtics.
“We made one defensive mistake and they capitalized,” Ivinac said. “Simple as that. We couldn’t capitalize on any of the opportunities we had in their zone. The one chance they had they put it home.”
Ivinac says the Crusaders soccer practice schedule will be easier this season with the completion of the school’s artificial turf playing field. “We have some really good athletes who are committed to putting in the effort,” he said.
St. Mary edged Newman in the semifinal on a penalty-kick goal by Mya Van Haaster.
Source: Marnie Jadon