/Red Hawks soccer starts with success
Maya Meraw in red is part of the Red Hawks’ senior girls soccer team which started its season with a 5-0 win over St. Thomas. /Photos courtesy of Melissa Brinkos

Red Hawks soccer starts with success

By Doug Sullivan
Special to the Times
HHSS girls soccer teams got off to a good start this season on May 1
despite being unable to practice or play on their home field due to
winter damage. The junior and senior teams travelled to Lindsay for
their season opening games. 
senior girls played first against St. Thomas. The Red Hawks forwards
showed in the first few minutes that they were going to pose problems
for the home team. Jessica Byers opened the scoring with a calm finish
on a Melissa Brinkos cross. That goal was quickly followed with strikes
by Natalya Gimon and another one by Brinkos. With the game clearly in
hand, the Red Hawks eased off the throttle and worked on dominating
possession and maintaining their defensive posture. Nicole Cox and Paige
Billings rounded out the scoring as the girls finished with a 5-0
victory. Hawks goalkeepers Chloe Samson and Kiera Casey shared the shut
juniors faced Norwood in the second game. The Norwood squad started
aggressively, seeking revenge after losing to the Red Hawks in last
year’s COSSA championship final. With almost a full squad of returning
players the junior Hawks were up for the challenge. They dominated
possession and used a strong passing game to slowly take over. They
rolled to a 5-0 victory with Gillian Rosik leading the way with two
goals while Olivia Melle, Alexius Mills, and Hayley Boylan rounded out
the scoring. Boylan, Brooke Stover, Courtney Semach and Ava Smith
controlled the midfield giving goalkeeper Connie Oh a relatively easy
time in earning her shutout.
juniors also travelled to Peterborough’s St. Thomas on May 3 to face
the Kenner Rams on May 3. Despite an evenly played first half the Red
Hawks found themselves down a goal as Kenner pounced on a loose ball
from a bad bounce (for the Hawks) to open the scoring. The team worked
hard in the second half, with Rosik and Boylan teaming up well to create
chances, but they were unable to find the back of the net. The Rams
scored two more times on a couple of brilliant strikes and finished with
a 3-0 victory. Danaya McDuff was the stand out player of the match for
the Red Hawks. 
The junior team is coached by Doug Sullivan and Amy Klose while the seniors are coached by Janice Scheffee and Sullivan.
A designated Hawks seniors and juniors teams were shut out by AAA
school I.E. Weldon on Wednesday, May 8. The teams played with effort and
passion, but lost to a strong side and will use the experience to
develop and prepare for the coming post-season in hopes to advance to
the COSSA A championship.