11:30 a.m., June 7)
Louis Riel wins
OFSAA senior girls AAA soccer championship
By Fred Sherwin
Riel goalie Kelsie English gives teammate Haisha Contave a piggyback ride
after the Rebelles downed R.S. McLaughlin 3-0 to win the OFSAA senior girls
AAA soccer championship. Fred Sherwin/Photo
do come true, just ask Louis Riel Rebelles goalie Kelsie English who Friday
night dreamed that her team would win the OFSAA senior girls AAA soccer
championship and on Saturday afternoon hoisted the championship trophy with
her teammates after they beat R.S. McLaughlin 3-0 in the final.
dreamt the score. I told our assistant coach (Imad Ghandoura) before the
game that we would win 3-0," said an elated English after the post
began their day with a workmanlike 2-0 win over Chatham-Kent in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, R.S. McLauglin downed Nelson High School from Burlington 1-0.
The two teams
were on the brink of exhaustion heading into the final after having played
seven games in 72 hours. The Rebelles had an especially exhausting last
24 hours. In Friday night's quartefinals they needed penalty kicks to knock
off arch rival Colonel By Secondary School.
Rather than go
to bed early they stayed up until 11 p.m. to watch the a repley of the game
on Rogers. Everyone that is except for striker Haisha Contave who was suffering
from severe leg cramps. In fact, she wasn't feeling well for most of the
night and could barley get any sleep. When she finally did fall asleep she
ended up sleeping late and nearly missed the semi-final.
to net any goals against Colonel By despite having eight shots on goal,
Contave ended up being the difference maker in the gold medal game.
opened the scoring early on in the first half on a long curving free kick
by Melissa Guenet that just caught the inside of the far post. Five minutes
later Contave scored on a brilliant individual effort that saw her carve
through the R.S. McLaughlin defence before sending the ball along the ground
into the far side of the net to give Louis Riel a 2-0 lead before the game
was even 10 minutes old.
make the score 3-0 later before half-time when she deflected a header off
the ground and into the net off a corner kick by Guenet.
The Trojans had
a chance to narrow the deficit to 3-1 early in the second half but Hollie
babut's shot from in close sailed wide of the open net and out of harm's
way. From there the Rebelles played tight defence and severey resticted
the Trojans' chances.
When the final
whistle blew the celebrating began.
of the Louis Riel Rebelles celebrate after winning the OFSAA senior girls
AAA soccer championship on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
trained hard for these games and we felt pretty confident," said English
who was playing in her second OFSAA final in four months. The Grade 11 student
was a member of the Rebelles volleyball team that lost to St. Thomas Aquinas
in the final of the provincial 'A' championships.
playing within sight of their school at the Hornet's Nest and being able
to sleep in their own beds during the tournament was a big plus for the
think it definitely was an advantage. Especially being able to play in front
of our home fans who came out to cheer us on," said English.
coach Joe Fournier said his team did exactly what they had to do to get
into the final and from there it was just a matter of their superior play
trumping a team that had been riding a wave.
"I was worried
a bit about how they would react (in the morning game), but I sent them
a quick text message last night to get a good night's sleep and a good breakfast
and they did their homework," said Fournier. "This afternoon I
told the girls to just play like they've been playing. It didn't matter
who we played against, they were riding a wave and nothing was going to
This is the second
year in a row that the Rebelles have played in the OFSAA provincials and
with oinly two players graduating this year they have every expectation
of making it back next year to try and defend their titie.
a lot of depth on this team. We have three Grade 9s and four Grade 10s so
we should be in the mix again next year," said Fournier.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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