The Sacred Heart Saints boys soccer team is off to the 2A Saskatchewan High School Championships in Warman this weekend with a chance to defend their back-to-back provincial titles after a win over Moose Jaw Vanier on Saturday. The Saints played a spirited match against the Moose Jaw High School champs coming up with a one-nil victory to advance to the provincial tournament. Colin Shewchuk was the hero for the Saints putting a beautiful shot into the top left corner over the Vanier keeper while Brock Liebrecht was stellar in goal along with solid defense in the back in earning the one-nil victory.
The Saints moved on to the Regional final game against a talented Moose Jaw Central squad. After a thrilling game the Saints lost 2-1 in extra time to a strong Central side. The Saints went from one-nil down to put the pressure on the Cyclones in the second half, Jacob Okeny made a beautiful pass to Elias Giannoulis who made no mistake putting a goal into the left low corner. With the game sent into extra time the Cyclones scored a stunner with two minutes left in extra time to avoid the penalty shootout and win the regional gold.
With the win over Moose Jaw Vanier, the Saints will travel to Warman to defend their 2A High School provincial title for the third year in a row. Going into this weekend Coach Scott Hoffort says, “the boys played well in Moose Jaw and we are looking forward to some excellent soccer up in Warman. Hopefully we can bring back another title for our school and our city.”