By Larry Moko
My, oh my, oh Mya.
With Grade 10 midfielder Mya Van Haaster directly setting up all of St. Mary’s goals, the visiting Crusaders defeated the Bishop Tonnos Titans 3-0 in a Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic senior girls’ high school soccer game Tuesday.
It was the opening contest of the regular schedule for both teams.
On the first marker, Van Haaster sent a crossing pass to Kate Ross who volleyed a shot into the net from near the penalty spot. That combination clicked again -- with Ross pulling the trigger -- after she received a short feed before halftime.
Morgan Giannone then capped the scoring when she booted in a rebound after a Van Haaster run up the middle and hard shot.
Payton Graper and Taylor Lee shared the netminding duties for the visiting Crusaders.
“Mya was an absolute playmaker today,” St. Mary coach John Ivinac said. “She played a great game.
“She’s got all kinds of God-given ability and skill. She’s quick, she thinks and she has the vision to see the game ahead of time.”
Van Haaster was also a member of the St. Mary senior squad last season. “As a Grade 9, it’s tough getting used to playing against 18 and 19-year-old girls,” Ivinac said. “This year she’s not only used to it, she’s one of the leaders on the team.”
Van Haaster also plays at the rep level – currently with Milton Magic U16. “I’ve played soccer most of my life,” she said. “I’ve played up in years against bigger players. I don’t mind it.
“Today, our touches were off. It was slippery but we did OK.”
As for Tonnos, the Titans were in Punta Renas, Costa Rica for a week at the end of January. The team played three games, winning two and losing one (to a U18 club team).
“It was quite an experience for the girls,” Tonnos coach Anne Rees said. “And they were excellent representatives for Bishop Tonnos.”
The players visited an orphanage twice during the trip. “To see how they interacted with kids at the orphanage was fantastic,” Rees said.
In other HWCAA girls’ senior soccer action, the Cardinal Newman Cardinals topped the Bishop Ryan Celtics, 6-0, while the St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves and the St. Thomas More Knights played to a 0-0 tie.
Boys’ games Tuesday saw Bishop Ryan down Cardinal Newman, 3-1, and More battle Brebeuf to a 0-0 draw.