Saddled with losses in their first two games of the year, the Cards drilled three goals in the second half, upending the previously unbeaten Confederation Chargers 3-1 Monday at the James Jerome Sports Complex.
Jacob Leore scored twice for St. Charles, with Jacob Belanger adding the other, while Matthew Walker replied with a late goal in a losing cause for Confed. The Cardinals are in for a busy week, facing the Bishop Carter Gators on Wednesday and battling the Lo-Ellen Park Knights 24 hours later.
In a matchup of a pair of premier division girls soccer contenders, the Marymount Regals and Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes played to a 2-2 draw over at Sacré-Coeur. Chantae Robinson and Courtney Smith scored for Marymount, with Brianne Rodrigue netting both goals for CND.
The St. Benedict Bears boys team improved to 4-0, edging the Lockerby Vikings 1-0, while the Bears girls team may be wishing they had opted for Premier Division status, recording a second straight lopsided win, this time over the Sudbury Secondary School North Stars.
In other games, the Lasalle Lancers ladies opened their season, finally, with a 4-0 win over the Chelmsford Flyers while the Sacré-Coeur Griffons boys' team slipped past the Macdonald-Cartier Panthères 4-3 in a wide-open affair.
Meanwhile, the Nipissing Classic High School Soccer Tournament in North Bay produced no Sudbury winners, though the Notre-Dame girls did manage to get to the final before losing in a shootout.
The Alouettes opened with victories over the O'Gorman Knights of Timmins (3-0) and the Widdifield Wildcats of North Bay (1-0), before playing to a 2-2 draw with Bishop Carter.
A 3-1 semifinal win over the St. Joseph Scollard Hall Bears (North Bay) earned Notre-Dame a second matchup with Widdifield, with the encounter remaining scoreless until the Wildcats triumphed on penalty kicks.
The Confederation girls posted a record of 2-0-1, but were knocked out in the semifinals, also in a shootout. In the boys draw, the Chargers sported a mark of 1-2-1, blanking Macdonald-Cartier (4-0), losing to the West Ferris Trojans (2-1) and Chippewa Raiders (2-1) and fighting it out in a scoreless draw with O'Gorman in a makeshift consolation final.