Lisgar Collegiate Institute's senior boys' soccer team has won itself a spot in the quarter finals of the National Capital Secondary Schools Athletic Association's playoffs, after defeating St. Joseph Catholic High School in Barrhaven Tuesday.
Despite the vicious wind and bitter cold, the team pulled off a 2-0 victory with the first goal scored toward the beginning of the second half by Grade 12 player Abdul Ibrahim.
The team's second goal came from an unlikely source. Lisgar player Pablo Srugo kicked the ball only for it to bounce off a St. Joseph player and into the net.
Coach Colin Findlater says the win is a "rebirth" because the team didn't do as well as was hoped during the regular season.
Lisgar will face-off against St. Pius X Catholic High School on Thursday in hopes of advancing further.
The team's encounter with St. Pius X during the regular season did not end well with Lisgar losing.
Findlater says having won Tuesday's game he feels optimistic about playing St. Pius on Thursday.
Ibrahim admits he didn't think the team was going to win today's game, but he says it feels good and he is looking forward to playing St. Pius X again.
"I think this our chance to prove ourselves," he said.
Grade 11 player Addison Charge, one of the players who assisted with the first goal, says the team played well, although the cold made it difficult.
However, he says it feels good to move ahead in the playoffs.