From goalscorer to playmaker, Lapointe’s a leader for Lords

Cory Lapointe (15) takes on two Centennial Colts defenders in OCAA action at Vaso's Field Thursday. Photo credit: Nick Franco

The Durham Lords’ women’s soccer team may be peaking at just the right time.

The Lords continued their impressive run of form by defeating the Centennial Colts 5-0 Thursday in a dominant display to extend their winning streak to four games.

The Lords’ forward line consistently sliced through Centennial’s defence, peppering Colts’ goaltender Melissa Rizzo with 25 total shots and 18 on target.

The Lord’s top scorer, Cory Lapointe, had a rough night in front of goal, missing a clear-cut opportunity in the first half when she kicked the ball high and wide off-target from close-range.

Despite the uncharacteristic lack of finishing, Lapointe made up for it by providing two well-placed assists in the first half feeding Jacklyn Brzezinski in the 13th minute and Vanessa Juras in the 25th minute.

Lapointe was a consistent threat all match long with her blazing speed, creating space for her teammates to get into scoring positions.

“She is a very quick player and she just makes a lot of things happen,” said Lords’ head coach Alex Bianchi. “Believe it or not, that girl could have even more goals.”

Lapointe, who is in the Environmental Tech program, is in her second season with the Lords and with eight goals thus far, has already surpassed her goal total from last year with two games left to play.

The Lords have a wide variety of goal scorers with more than 10 different players getting on the scoresheet this season, but will have to rely on Lapointe to keep up her form and lead the attack going into the last two matches for the Lords in order to clinch one of the top two spots in the OCAA’s Eastern Conference.

“For us right now, the motivation is trying to get second place,” said Bianchi, “everybody knows that if we get second place we get an automatic bye into the finals, into the provincial championship.”

The Lords (7-2-1) are tied for first in the East with Seneca (7-0-1), but are just two points head of Algonquin (5-0-5) in the race to finish in the top two.

Lapointe and the Lords will look to continue their winning form when they host the Loyalist Lancers (0-7-1) at Vaso’s Field on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m.