The girls of St. Catherine’s Academy drew 1-1 with the girls of Ladyville Technical High School while the boys of Excelsior High School, St. John’s College and Ladyville Technical High School all enjoyed big wins when the Belize District High Schools Football Competition began at the M.C.C. Grounds last Thursday and Friday, January 10-11.
Jada Parchue and Julia Arzu led the SCA offensive supported by Laurehann Moore and Genesis Canizalez on the wings and Katherine Maradiaga and Briany Flowers at midfield, putting pressure on the Ladyville defense anchored by Kristen Fuentes and Janika Ferguson with the help of Ravere Mejia and Celine McCulloc Ladyville blundered into giving up a penalty and SCA’s sweeper Deidra Gill stepped up to convert with practiced ease to give the convent girls a 1-0 lead at intermission.
Gill and Dorian Avilez, Aliyah Sutherland and Samarie Samos held off the Ladyville attacks in the second half while coach Philip Murray refreshed his offensive line with Jacqueline Alas and Tara Reardon. But it was Ladyville’s Shanice Rhaburn who managed to elude the SCA defense and blast the equalizer goal past SCA’s goalkeeper Erika Ayala for the draw.
The Excelsior High School boys enjoyed a 5-1 victory over the boys of Wesley College in Friday’s nightcap. Kareem “ton-ton” Flowers and Javan Claire led the Excelsior offensive supported by Stefan Diego and James Fitzgibbons on the wings and Jamal Ford and Tyrone Gabriel at midfield; and they soon ran rings around the Wesley defense anchored by Khambrel Blease, with the help of Brian White, Allan Contreras and Marquise Stamp.
Javan Claire struck the first winning goal and Kareem Flowers blasted in a second to lead 2-0 at intermission. Goalkeeper Rasheed Williams’ anguish was not over, as Stefan Diego drilled home a third goal early in the second half and Tyrone Gabriel added a fourth.
Wesley’s Dennis Archer and Junior Najera tried to mount a counterattack with the help of Godwin Neal, Anthony Middleton, Earl Requeña and Elston Flowers, but the Excelsior defenders
Ernest Leslie, Emmet Lopez, Enfield Martinez and Alex Ferguson held them scoreless until Wesley’s Juvel Crawford and Shemar Moore entered the game. James Fitzgibbons escaped Blease and Contreras to score Excelsior’s fifth goal before Juvel Crawford finally put Wesley on the scoreboard with a free kick by Shemar Moore.
The St John’s College boys broke all records when the competition got underway Thursday as they drilled the boys of Sadie Vernon Technical High School 15-0! Deandre Pitters scored a hat trick plus one, Sydney “Bucket” Bradley also scored a hat trick and Harold Nava and Dimitri Fabro each scored two goals. Sadie Vernon’s fortunes darkened when Philip Ciego was ejected with a red card, and SJC’s Tarique “African” James, Trevaun Rhaburn, Dennis Zuniga and Raheem Flowers also joined the goal-shooting derby with a goal each.
The Ladyville Technical High School boys also enjoyed a 5-1 victory over Nazarene High School on Thursday evening. Jervis Myvett, Leon Sedacey, Michael Herrera, Gustavo Salazar and Devaun Rhaburn each scored a goal for Ladyville, while only Eric Lamb scored for Nazarene High.