Cedar Lazare is well-known as a goalkeeper protégé and continues to earn her reputation on her CEGEP’s soccer team. (Courtesy Cedar Lazare)
Collegial soccer season is coming to an end, and players from Kahnawake are prepping for the finals with their teams.
Vanier College, with Cedar Lazare as their rookie keeper, is having a great finish to the season.
Although they are ending their season in second place, losing the top position to Dawson College.
Saint-Jean followed Vanier in third place, then it’s Edouard-Montpetit, Ahuntsic and Outaouais in last place with zero wins, six loses and two ties.
The Vanier Cheetahs won 6-2, whereas the Dawson Blues lost one and tied the other with the same number of games won – some really close standings.
The soccer season only lasts a portion of the fall semester in college, making the needs for improvement and practice short and efficient.
“The season went by really fast, having two practices a week and at least one game, the schedule is very busy,” said Lazare.
Leah Element, a familiar face for Kahnawake from her couple of years playing for the Kahnawake Mohawks soccer team, also plays for the Cheetahs. She told The Eastern Door that the season was a good one that kept their team busy.
The semis are just around the corner and she’s getting ready for some tough competition.
“Playoffs are next week so we’re training hard in order to be prepared to take it all home!” said Lazare.
Because Vanier came in second place for the season, they are guaranteed a spot in the semi-finals against St-Jean.
Soccer players are busy bodies in the sense that they are always trying to improve their skills on the soccer pitch.
“We’ve been working a lot on our fitness and technical work,” said Lazare.
Lazare, as we know it, is a goalkeeper protégé and was rumoured to be the best keeper in her league during her time with the Kahnawake Mohawks.
You could even push it farther and say she was the top goalie in her second take at the North American Indigenous Games, playing for the U19 Eastern Door and the North women’s soccer team.
Lazare said the Cheetahs are a fast and aggressive team that keep that momentum going throughout the season, to only come back even stronger in finals.
Catch Lazare’s home field semi-final game with the Vanier Cheetahs on Saturday, October 27 at three p.m.