Algoma soccer and basketball return from competitionTuesday, January 22, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
SooToday received the following releases from Algoma University regarding soccer and basketball.
Algoma U Women’s Soccer Gain Exposure at OCAA Invitational
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – January 21, 2013): The Algoma University Thunderbird Women’s Soccer team traveled to Vaughan this past weekend to participate in the Centennial Indoor Soccer Invitational. The tournament was a great opportunity for the Thunderbirds to play different schools from around Ontario in preparation for the provincial championships in March. The tournament was also very beneficial as it gave the team a chance to see the level of competition they will be facing at provincials, how their team matched-up, and what areas they need to improve on moving forward.
Algoma opened the tournament with a 0-0 draw against Fleming College, a team they will be facing at provincials. They then followed with respectable losses to a top-level OUA team York University (4-1) and 2012 OCAA champion Humber College (4-1). Without two of their forwards, the Thunderbirds were forced to play a defensive style and were successful in denying the opposing teams many shooting opportunities.
Thunderbird Assistant Coaches Deandra Franzisi and Aniela Pulice were pleased with their team’s effort against strong competition. “They showed a willingness to compete and not give up. The team gained a lot of spirit and confidence this weekend” said Franzisi.
“A road trip is always a good chance to come together off the field and after last year’s results, the players and coaches noticed a vast improvement and believe they can advance to the later stages of the OCAA provincial playdowns. This tournament was a great boost for our team.” added Pulice.
OCAA Regionals will take place March 5 at Conestoga College, Vaughan. The Thunderbirds are in a pool with Centennial, Seneca, and Fleming. The top two teams will then advance to the OCAA Championship March 21-22.
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Algoma U Basketball Returns from Road Trip
(SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – January 21, 2013): The Algoma University Thunderbird Basketball program returned Sunday from road games in Ancaster and Welland over the weekend. The Thunderbird Women enjoyed another successful weekend in posting wins over Redeemer (86-43) and Niagara (57-46). The Women’s team has now won seven league games in a row and stand alone in first in the OCAA West division with a record of 11-1. Amanda Orr led the way for Algoma in both games by scoring 30 pts (8-9 3pt fg) against Redeemer and 14 pts against Niagara. Meagan Delfre added 12 rebs in the win against Niagara.
On the Men’s side, Algoma had a tough weekend after experiencing hard-fought losses against Redeemer (61-59) and Niagara (78-71). Joseph Tubbs led Algoma with 12 pts against Redeemer, while Mark Wortham had 15 pts, 9 rebs in the loss at Niagara. Algoma now sits in 6th place in the OCAA West division with a record of 7-6.
Next action for the Thunderbirds is this weekend, as they host games versus Sheridan (Sat, Jan 26 – 6pm 8pm) and St. Clair (Sun, Jan 27 – 1pm 3pm). All home games are played at the George Leach Centre, situated on the campus of Algoma University.