Ardens shutout northern competition

The SCCHS Ardens won gold without allowing a goal against in Prince Albert on Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2022. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The Swift Current Comp. Ardens soccer team had an encouraging weekend at the Prince Albert Carlton Crusaders Tournament with three dominant wins. 

The Ardens fired home 27 goals without conceding to win the tournament title. 

They opened the tournament with a 9-0 win over Battleford John Paul II as Emma Moen and Olami Akinfiresoye shared the clean sheet. Rookie Navy Louma paced the attack with two goals and two assists, followed by two goals and one assist from Lauren Hansen and one goal and two assists from Tenille Willows. 

Jaycee Berggren scored twice, while Raya Lamontagne, Moen, and Jade Philippon added singles. Elizabeth Metke, Akinfiresoye, and Charlotte Kochan added assists. 

The Ardens followed up with a 7-0 win over the host Carlton Crusaders. Dani Meyer scored twice, while Berggren and Willows each added a goal and an assist. Louma, Erica Olson, and Kochan also found the back of the net. Metke picked up two assists, while Mapalo Mushoriwa, Lamontagne, and Philippon all added assists. Moen and Akinfiresoye shared the clean sheet in goal again.

The Ardens took a measure of revenge in their final outing with an 11-0 win over Warman in a rematch of last year’s provincial bronze medal match. Moen made some key saves early to earn the 70-minute shutout. 

Berggren made a statement with five goals and three assists, while Willows added a goal and four assists. Louma scored four goals and Dani Meyer added a single. Metke was dominant in the central midfield and earned a pair of assists, while fullback Addison Allen added single assist.

The Ardens were slated to play Moose Jaw Central on Wednesday but that league game was forfeited by Central due to injuries and illness.

The Ardens instead travelled to Regina and defeated M.C. O’Neill High School 6-2. Berggren led the Ardens with three goals and one assist. Willows added two goals and one assist. Louma added a goal, while Metke chipped in a single assist. Moen earned the win in goal.

The Ardens will return to league action on Tuesday when they face Weyburn in Moose Jaw. 

They will play their only home league game on Thursday against the Vanier Spirits at 4:30 p.m. at Irwin Field.