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'(Posted 11:30 a.m., June 7)
Louis Riel wins OFSAA senior girls AAA soccer championship
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Louis 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

Dreams really 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.

"I even 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 game presentations.

The Rebelles 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.

After failing 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.

The Rebelles 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.

Contave would 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.

Members of the Louis Riel Rebelles celebrate after winning the OFSAA senior girls AAA soccer championship on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

"We really 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.

English said 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 team.

"Sure I 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.

Rebelles head 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 stop them."

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.

"We have 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.

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