St. Pat's heading in right direction

CHRIS OCCHIUZZI -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

Anthony Assaad used his head yesterday and the St. Patrick's Irish senior boys' soccer team was glad he did.

Assaad headed both his goals, one in each half, to lead the Irish to a 3-0 victory over the Merivale Marauders in their Tier 1 AAAA semi-final.

It was a dominating performance by St. Patrick's, who controlled the ball on both sides of the pitch and was never threatened by Merivale.

"This was the best performance we've had the entire season," said Irish coach Mike Rowley.

Lee Avalos also scored for St. Pat's, while Haitham Joudeh earned the shutout.

Meeting the Irish in the city high school championship will be the Glebe Gryphons, who beat the Gloucester Gators 3-0 on Tuesday.

The Irish and Gryphons played to a 2-2 draw in the season opener, with Glebe winning the following meeting 3-1.

But Rowley is confident in his squad's abilities. "If we play the way we did (yesterday), we've got a chance," he said.

The final goes tomorrow at 4 p.m., at a location still to be determined.

FIELD HOCKEY: In Tier 1 semi-final action yesterday, the Earl of March Lions beat Merivale 2-0 on goals by Emma Barton and Sydney Baker. The Lions will take on the John McCrae Bulldogs in tomorrow's final. Angelica Hogdson scored for the Bulldogs in a 1-0 win over Sir Robert Borden.

RAVENS: The men's soccer team hosts Wilfrid Laurier in an OUA quarter-final at Keith Harris Stadium on Saturday(1 p.m.). Josh Dewar-Morris is the top scorer in Ontario, and second in Canada, with 13 goals in 10 games. Terry Bell is second in team scoring with three goals. Goalkeepers Tyler Wallace and Arjun Langford have combined for six shutouts for undefeated Carleton (7-0-3) ... The women's team was eliminated from the playoffs after losing 1-0 to the Waterloo Warriors yesterday.

GEE-GEES: Valerie May and the women's soccer team host an OUA quarter-final match Saturday at the Sports Complex (1 p.m.). May is tied for first in scoring in Canada with 12 goals in 11 games, while Krista Power (six goals), Courtney Luscombe (five), Dominik Bertrand (four) and Arden Jobling (three) are all among the top 20 scorers in Ontario ... QB Josh Sacobie, WRs Adam Nicolson and David Crane, and an outstanding defence led by LBs Joe Barnes and Cheelor Lindor lead Ottawa into an OUA quarter-final against the Guelph Gryphons on Sunday at Frank Clair Stadium (2 p.m.). It's a rematch of the season opener, won 48-31 by the sixth-ranked Gee-Gees (6-2) over the Gryphons (3-4-0-1) ... The women's rugby team, led by Tanya Gaffney's eight tries, travel to Montreal on Sunday to tackle McGill for the QSSF title.

THUNDER: Algonquin is hosting the men's and women's provincial soccer championships this weekend. The men's team (6-1), led by Vedran Fustar (seven goals), Jason Frederick (five) and Joseph Maneiro (five), take on the Humber Hawks tomorrow (8 p.m.). The women's squad (5-1-1) was eliminated in the quarter-finals.


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