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Wolves girls team falls short against visiting L’Essor

Girls playing soccer.
June Buchner heads up the field during the second half of last Thursday afternoon’s game against L’Essor.

The North Star Wolves girls soccer team were up against a tough L’Essor team last week and the results didn’t go their way.


The Wolves dropped a 4-0 decision to the Aigles last Thursday afternoon at the Libro Centre in Amherstburg. The loss put the Wolves’ record at 3-2 on the 2024 WECSSAA Group 3 County AA senior girls soccer season.


L’Essor scored early in the first half and took a 2-0 lead early in the second half. They would score twice more late in the second half to round out the scoring.


“It was a tough game,” said North Star head coach Joe Ciliberto. “We played a really skilled and physical team. They took it to us in the second half.”


Ciliberto stated he believed they lost a lot of one-on-one battles to L’Essor but still competed hard. He knew L’Essor was skilled and could move the ball quickly, but also learned about other aspects of their game last Thursday.


“I didn’t know they were going to be that physical,” said Ciliberto. “Their goalkeeper was excellent as well.”


The Wolves conclude the regular season on the road with a match in Essex today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. While North Star have qualified for the playoffs, they are hoping to improve their position within the WECSSAA standings.


“We need a win to secure a good spot in the playoffs,” said Ciliberto.


The loss to L’Essor showed where the Wolves need to improve.


“We need to be more defensively aware and we need to make better passes for sure,” he said.


North Star has to start games better and create offense right away.


“We need to start bringing the game to them,” he said, noting they have to stop “playing on our heels” and letting their opponents bring the game to them.


“We’ve got to bring it and work hard in the playoffs,” he said. “We’ve got to work hard for a full game  and put some goals in.”

Wolves girls team falls short against visiting L’Essor

By Ron Giofu

 

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