Cambrian Athletics: It's all a learning experience for Golden Shield women's volleyball team
“I think we’re the youngest team in the OCAA,” noted Cambrian Golden Shield women’s volleyball head coach Dale Beausoleil, chatting courtside Tuesday night at the New Sudbury facility.
“We are young and very inexperienced.”
An early goal by Julia Jajkowska, combined with a deeply entrenched commitment to team defense and highlighted by a shutout performance from keeper Megan Coutu, was more than enough to lift the Cambrian Golden Shield women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over the Fleming Knights in the cross-over round of the OCAA playoffs last weekend.
Coming off a season in which expectations were sky high, the Cambrian Golden Shield women's soccer team hosting the OCAA championships with their sights set on a podium finish last fall, there is something to be said for more moderate goals twelve months later.
Coming off a 3-3 tie with the George Brown Huskies one week ago, a game in which the Cambrian Golden Shield women's soccer team squandered a 3-0 lead, coach Evan Phillips and company did not need to be reminded just how important their rematch Saturday in Sudbury would be.
There is no doubt that the success of the Cambrian Golden Shield women’s soccer team in recent years has helped raised the profile of the school in recruiting circles across the province, creating something of a lure in the hopes of attracting attention from high school soccer talent, notably that talent that resides south of Barrie.
There are still elements of his game that are unmistakably Brandon Moxam – a quick dart to recover a loose ball, the boundless energy that makes it hard not to notice the graduate of St Benedict Catholic Secondary School at any point during a Cambrian College soccer game.
The Ramsey Tour might not be included in the list of OCAA official cross-country races, but that won't stop Cambrian College Golden Shield from using the traditional early September event as a great barometer for the upcoming run season.