Tuesday, 20 November 2012

News: Further delays on the Kingston Westbrook dome

Over the past couple of years since the Westbrook Dome project began, a number of delays have hit along the way, unfortunately.

The first news came in early May that things were delayed up with construction of the new dome at the Westbrook Golf Club. Then, it was late August, and now... another round of delays.

Read the full email after the jump.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Fix the CSL - Matchfixing in Canada (Updated)

Last May, Canadian Soccer News posted a story about match fixing going on around the world, including mentions of two CSL teams, Trois Rivier├Ęs and Toronto Croatia.

This Wednesday, September 12th, CBC will be airing a report by investigative reporter Diana Swain on The National (10pm ET on CBC, 9 and 11pm ET on CBC News Network).  According to the press release, this report will look at a German gang responsible for match fixing in games around the world and will reveal wiretap evidence of a fixed CSL game in Trois Rivier├Ęs, Quebec.

Weekend Roundup - Sept 8/9

The second weekend of September saw the OUA seasons continue, the OCAA season kick off, and a return home for local CSL team Kingston FC. The majority of the games took place out of town, in the Greater Toronto Area in fact, while Kingston FC had the weekend at home all to themselves.

In the OUA, RMC was playing the University of Toronto on Saturday and Ryerson Sunday, while Queen's played the same teams, but in the opposite order. St. Lawrence kicked off their outdoor season with a visit to the Centennial Colts in Scarborough on Sunday afternoon, and Kingston FC faced off against the Serbian White Eagles from Toronto on Saturday evening.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Weekend Roundup - Sept 1/2

With the opening weekend of the university seasons now underway, it was fitting that the Queen's University Gaels would face off against their cross-town rivals RMC Paladins to start things off.

Over the last few years, the RMC teams have been weaker than Queen's, primarily due to recruiting and admission requirements at RMC, but this weekend's games really showed that gap. The games were both played Sunday afternoon out at the new turf field at West Campus, which is now the home of Queen's soccer. The teams will play their entire home schedules there, but still practice twice a week on the Richardson grass fields.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

GKSSA Playoff Finals

This week, the GKSSA men's league playoff finals were held, all three being played out at the new Barr Homes Soccerplex off of County Road 6, just west of Amherstview.

The C Division final was contested by the top two teams in the division, the JKL Rangers and LCFC III Fanatics. LCFC III Fanatics came out on top of this game with a 3-0 result behind goals from Glenn Unan, Ryan Patterson, and Travis Merkley. Lorne Murphy recorded the clean sheet for the game as LCFC defeated the first place team in the division.

The B Division final was played the following night between RealtySource Red Bull and Ryatt United SC. Ryatt scored first on an own goal, but RealtySource was able to tie it up on the stroke of halftime on a goal from Jonathan Barbosa. The game went to extra time, and Nick Gregory scored with under two minutes left in the game to win the cup.

News: Kingston Westbrook dome delay (again)

Last year, the news came in early May that things were delayed up with construction of the new dome at the Westbrook Golf Club. This year, it was late August.

At the end of last week, Anita Harden informed the local soccer community that further delays had arisen and that shovels would be hitting the ground beginning today (Wednesday, August 29th). This would mean that the construction timeline for completion would be delayed until December 1st (or so). She advised the local user groups to find alternate plans for the fall.

Read the full email after the jump.

St. Lawrence College 2012 OCAA schedule

The St. Lawrence College Vikings released their 2012 soccer schedules recently for both the men's and women's teams. Both teams are looking to improve on last year's results, with the men finishing in 7th with an 0-4-3 record, and the women in 5th with a 2-4-1 record, and just outside of the playoff picture.

Both teams kick off Saturday, September 8th at Centennial College in Scarborough before returning home for a 3-game homestand beginning Friday, September 14th. Each schedule is eight games long with four home and four away games, playing each team in their 9-team divisions a single time.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

CIS: Old Four Tournament results

The Queen's University teams had a bit of a rough go of things up in Toronto this past weekend at the annual Old Four tournament.

On Saturday, Queen's was facing the Western Mustangs women's and men's teams, and were shut out in both matches. The women dropped their game 1-0 on a goal in the 78th minute. In the other matchup, the men were beaten by a surprising 5-0 result. As a result of the matches, both Queen's teams were relegated to the consolation finals on the Sunday.

Friday, 24 August 2012

KWSC Playoff Finals

The Kingston Women's Soccer Club season came to an end last night with their three playoff finals being played out at the Woodbine Sporting Complex in the west end of Kingston.

In Tier 2, 2nd place Wentworth faced 1st place Cataraqui Clippers on Woodbine 4. Tier 3 featured 1st place PT United against 2nd place White Lightning on Woodbine 2, and Tier 4 featured 2nd place Turf Queens against 7th place Wilman's Painting on Woodbine 5.

Queen's 2012 CIS schedule

The Queen's University OUA schedule was released a few weeks ago, and features an opening weekend matchup at home with local rivals RMC on September 2nd.

In preparation for the season, the women's visited Quebec City to play against Laval Rouge et Or. Brenna Drummond, a new recruit from Seattle, Washington scored the only goal for the Gaels in the 55th minute, and Laval tied the game late in stoppage time for the 1-1 draw.[1]

The men took a tour of New York State visiting the Le Moyne Dolphins in Syracuse, Hobart Statesmen in Geneva, and Cornell Big Red in Ithaca. Eric Koskins scored in the first game last Sunday to equalize, giving Queen's a tightly contested 1-1 draw.[2] The next day, Queen's played Hobart, falling 1-0 on a defensive mistake.[3] The men finished their tour on Thursday night against Cornell, falling 6-0 in the end.[4]

RMC 2012 CIS Schedule

The RMC OUA schedule was released a few weeks ago, and features an opening weekend matchup at local rivals Queen's University on September 2nd.

This Sunday afternoon, the RMC women face Algonquin College at RMC, and then will play the St Lawrence College women this coming Wednesday at 5pm, also at RMC.

Monday, 11 June 2012

High School - OFSAA Day 2 and Playoffs

Day two at the OFSAA AAA soccer tournament in Hamilton continued a disappointing showing for both the Regiopolis-Notre Dame girls and a good comeback attempt that fell just short by the Sydenham boys.

All of the games were delayed by about 90 minutes due to the thunderstorms the previous day, and thus the first round of the playoffs was also delayed, this time to Saturday morning.

After the final games from Thursday were completed, including Regiopolis-Notre Dame's 1-0 loss to Northern, the Sydenham boys were first up at 11am against Crestwood.

Friday, 8 June 2012

High School - OFSAA Day 1

With day one in the books at the boys and girls soccer OFSAA tournament in Hamilton, both Kingston teams find themselves with fairly big hills to climb.

Sydenham Secondary School, at their first ever provincial tournament, found themselves matched up against the defending boys champions, Corpus Christi from Burlington in the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference (GHAC). Unfortunately, Sydenham lost by a 3-0 scoreline in the tournament opener at 9am.

The Regiopolis-Notre Dame girls kicked off at 10:30am, also against Corpus Christi, but did not fare much better, dropping the game with a 4-2 scoreline with Jessica Almeida scoring her first two goals of the season, the second early in the second half to tie things up at 2-2. Unfortunately, Corpus Christi scored twice in the last seven minutes of the game to take the victory.

Monday, 4 June 2012

High School - OFSAA 2012 AAA Soccer schedule

The 2012 OFSAA Girls and Boys AAA soccer tournament begins this Thursday in Hamilton at the Mohawk Sports Complex in Hamilton, Ontario.

From the Kingston area, Sydenham Secondary School represents the senior boys, while Regiopolis-Notre Dame represents the senior girls. Both teams find themselves in a 20-team tournament to challenge for the Ontario title.

Regiopolis-Notre Dame is in Pool C against Ancaster H&VS from SOSSA, Corpus Christi CSS from GHAC, SWOSSA's #2 team, Northern CI&VS and Senator O'Connor College from TDCAA.

Sydenham finds themselves in a tough pool with last year's champions, Corpus Christi (GHAC), Mary Ward CSS (TDCAA), Father Bressani HS (YRAA #2), and Crestwood SS (COSSA).

Thursday, 31 May 2012

High School - EOSSAA Championship results

The EOSSAA boys and girls soccer championships took place this week, the girls on Tuesday, May 29 in Pembrooke, and the boys on Wednesday, May 30 in Kingston, at Tindall Field.

Four Kingston area teams competed, junior and senior, boys and girls based on the KASSAA playoffs that finished last week. Holy Cross represented the junior girls, Regiopolis-Notre Dame the senior girls and junior boys, and Sydenham the senior boys. Both days were sunny and warm days for the Kingston junior teams to compete for the 'AAA' EOSSAA titles, while the senior teams competed for the titles and berths at OFSAA.

Friday, 25 May 2012

High School - KASSAA Playoff results

The Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association seasons came to a close yesterday afternoon with the finals in Boys and Girls soccer, at both Junior and Senior levels.

By the end of Thursday's finals, four teams had booked their spots in the EOSSAA tournaments to be held next week. The Boys AAA tournament is being hosted by KCVI here in Kingston on May 30th, while the Girls AAA tournament is in Pembroke this year on May 29th.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Bus trip from Kingston to see Canada's World Cup Qualifier June 12

This June, the Canadian Men's National Team continues their World Cup Qualifying run. Canada was drawn into a group with Cuba, Honduras, and Panama for the third round games, with the winners and second place teams moving onto the fourth round, commonly known as the "Hex".

Canada opens their schedule on Friday, June 8th in Havana and follows it up with a game at home in Toronto against Honduras. All of this follows the Centenary game against the United States on June 3rd.

The Voyageurs, Canada's supporters group, has organized a bus trip in conjunction with The Supporters Section for the first Canada home qualifier on June 12th.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

High School - Playoff quarter-final rounds

The Kingston area High School soccer season came to an end last week and the playoffs began in earnest this past Monday evening.

The top eight teams in each division (Junior and Senior for both Boys and Girls) make it to the quarter final round of the playoffs. The top placed teams move onto the EOSSAA tournament with a chance at playing in OFSAA in the second week of June.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

CSL: Kingston FC 1, York Region Shooters 1

After last week's first full and proper CSL game in Kingston (a 4-2 loss against the TFC Academy, covered in full on Waking The Red and the Kingston Whig-Standard), Kingston FC was prepared to look for their first win of the young CSL 2012 season against the York Region Shooters.

The CSL Division II game was played immediately beforehand and despite fighting back to a 3-2 scoreline late in the game, the Kingston FC Reserves dropped the game by a 4-2 result, a definite step up on last week's 10-0 scoreline!

The game kicked off with Kingston FC wearing blue and the York Region Shooters dressed in white, and Kingston attacking the north end of the pitch.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

City of Kingston indoor plans (Updated)

In the late fall, the Westbrook Dome plans came to a standstill and the indoor soccer communities were left with few options for leagues and were forced to go out and rent gyms from schools, churches, and other organizations to try to get some playing time in. This left a lot of people disappointed and wondering what might be the state of the indoor game in Kingston in the fall of 2012.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Choosing the right University for a student-athlete

A little over a month ago, the first part of a series on University recruiting in Canada was posted here. Due to some real life events, the rest of the series was a bit delayed, and I apologize for that. Without further ado, onto part two.

It's one thing to to be recruited or to put yourself forward to a school, but choosing the right school for you is a really tough decision. Just how do you make the right one?