The Niagara Knights women's soccer program ended their regular season Wednesday afternoon with a dominant 2-0 victory over the Redeemer Royals. The win against Redeemer puts the Knights record at 4-4-2, good enough for 4th place in the OCAA west division standings.
The Knights opened the scoring in the 10th minute when first year striker Michelle Maecker scored on beautifully placed shot in the bottom left corner of the net. The rookie from Fonthill, Ontario has been outstanding for the Knights this season, registering a team leading 6 goals in 10 games. The Knights offence continued to put pressure on the Royals, but could not convert another tally by the end of the first half.
The second half saw the Knights continue to pour on the pressure, barely letting the Royals out of their end. It was until the 78th minute that veteran midfielder Bethany Langendoen (St. Catharines, Ont.) sealed the victory with her 1st of the season, extending the Knights' lead to two.
Knight's rookie goalkeeping standout Alexis Hebert (Waterdown, Ont.) records another shutout to bring her season total to five. Hebert has been absolutely outstanding this year for the Knights, only allowing one goal in 6 games she has started.
When asked about the regular season and the upcoming matchup against Seneca, head coach Rob Lalama was confident that his program was ready to compete against anyone." I'm proud of how this team came together. We were competitive in every match this year. We know we are facing a good team in Seneca and we'll be ready."
The Knights are back in action Sunday, October 22nd when they head to Toronto to faceoff against Seneca College (9-2-1, 2nd OCAA East) for their cross divisional qualifier. The winner of this matchup heads to the Provincial Championships in Sudbury on October 26th.