Frontenac takes down Regi in senior girls soccer finals

The Frontenac Falcons senior girls soccer team took home gold at KASSAA finals. Photo by Rylie Snider/Kingstonist.

Frontenac Secondary School (FSS) faced off against Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School (RND) last week, taking the top ranking in their sport locally.

On Wednesday, May 22, 2024, the Frontenac Falcons took on the RND Panthers in the senior girls’ soccer Kingston Area Secondary School Athletic Association (KASSAA) finals. Frontenac and RND were both determined to win going into the finals.

Both teams had exceptional seasons, FSS being undefeated in the season, and RND only losing twice in the regular season — one of those times being to FSS. RND came in looking for redemption in the finals, hoping to take back their loss against FSS by beating them in the final game.

Frontenac was quick to attack, taking two goals early into the game, both scored by Marra Stanistreet. RND pushed hard to answer for those goals, which led to Danika Brown putting RND on the board 21 minutes into the game, making the score 2-1. The score stayed the same into halftime, with RND hoping to catch a break before heading back on, and FSS looking for a strategy to widen their lead.

The score became 3-1 in favour of the Falcons after Stanistreet scored again only a minute into the second half of the game. The Falcons played a defensive game, keeping the ball out of their zone as much as possible, limiting the Panthers of any offensive chances and quickly tiring out their players.

With only 12 minutes left of regulation game play, Nadia Pacheco scored, making the score 4-1 as the clock ticked down the final minutes. The game ended with a score of 5-1, as Pacheco scored her second goal of the game and ended it with a solid win over the Panthers.

Kennedy Smith held it down in the Falcons net, only having one goal scored against her the whole game. She also made sure to give some credit to the team’s defensive players for helping secure the win.

Isla Weir played an amazing defensive game and was praised by Smith following the game.

“I think my game was pretty good, but my game was only good because of Isla, so she really helped me out. She really helped out the whole team, we really came through. Regi had a lot of pressure, so we just fought back, and it worked out,” laughed Smith.

Weir followed up her teammate’s comments, pointing to the team effort as a key to their success.

“I think we did pretty good, personally I think I did alright. It was definitely a battle, Regi did not come to mess around, but collectively as a team, we all pulled together and did really well,” she said.

Pacheco, who scored the goal to secure Regi’s win, was humble in describing the win.

“I think the game went really well, we were passing very well in the first half, we had a few bumps in the road, but we came through at the end and got the win,” she explained.

“I think I had a lot of good chances; I got a lot of balls through from my teammates and I got two goals and I’m very proud”.

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