8:30 a.m., Aug. 12)
pack big sting at Gloucester International Soccer Tournament
By Fred Sherwin
Carr from the Gloucester Hornets Yellow Jackets tries to clear the ball
away from Dominique Borden form the Gloucester Hornets U12 Level 5 team
in the U12 Tier 2 semi-finals at the Gloucester International Soccer Tournament
on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Hornets showed why they continue to be one of the premier soccer club's
in Eastern Ontario on the weekend by making eight finals and winning four
titles in the Gloucester International Soccer Tournament.
The U11 Level
5 team capped off a stellar tournament with a 3-0 win over Ottawa United
in the U11 Tier 1 final. The lone blemish on their record was a 4-1 loss
to the Ottawa Royals in the round robin portion of the tournament in a game
in which coach Michel Simard said his team never showed up.
that sometimes," said Simard. "After the game I told them that
whoever wanted to play could play in the next game and that if they don't
want to play they should stay at home."
The wake up call
apparently worked because the team bounced back and reeled off three straight
shutouts on their way to the title including a 2-0 blanking of the Royals
in the semi-finals.
them that if they wanted to win the championship they had to play together
as a team," said Simard. "They asked me to pick an MVP for the
tournament and I couldn't because everyone really stepped up on Sunday."
was reticent to single out an individual player, a number of girls had an
outstanding tournament starting with Amanda Scobie in net.
But you don't
register four shutouts in five games without getting a lot of help from
your backline, which in the Hornets' case is anchored by sweeper Jade "The
Wall" Coté. Up front, the girls got plenty of scoring from strikers
Rachel McCallan and Melissa Simard who scored all three goals in the final.
Moving up an
age group, the Hornets U12 Level 5 team was involved in the most exciting
game of the weekend when they took on Sherbrooke in the U12 Tier 2 final.
a 1-0 lead late in the game when Lauren Tremble scored to send the contest
into extra time. After neither team was able to break the deadlock during
the two five minute overtime sessions, the game went to extra kicks which
is when things got interesting. It took 10 rounds before the Hornets' last
shooter Brittany Love scored to put her team ahead. It was then up to Hornets'
keeper Libby Peters to stop Sherbrooke's last shooter.
As the ball was
struck, Peters instinctively dove to her right and stopped the ball before
it crossed the goal line to give the Hornets the dramatic win.
involved in soccer for going on 25 years and I've never seen anything like
that either as a player or a coach," said Hornets' head man John Valenzuela
referring to the number of extra kicks that were necessary before a winner
a combination of some good goaltending, a few missed shots on their part
and some hit posts."
The team has
only lost one game in league play and they're just three points out of first
place with three games left in the regular season and they're still in contention
for the ERSL Shield. They play Kemptville in the semi-finals on Aug 23.
Moving to the
older divisions, the Hornets U21 women's team put an exclamation point on
the end of their season with a 1-0 win over St. Anthony in the senior women's
final. Leanne Ashfield scored the lone goal for the Hornets who are made
up of mostly university players.
While the team
played a solid game in the final, they were nothing short of sensational
in their semi-final in which they beat the Dixie Lady Cougars 4-0 in what
Hornets' coach Tony Ashfield calls their best game of the year.
perspective they were definitely the team to beat and the girls came out
and played their best game all season long. They really came together. It
was a near flawless game in every aspect," says Ashfield.
scored three goals against the Lady Cougars who are from Mississauga, while
Joanna Blodgett added a goal as well and was named the tournament MVP.
While the team
skipped this year's Ontario Cup competition they had their fair share ot
success in tournament play adding the women's open title in Sudbury to their
list of accomplishments.
With the season
now over, the players will start heading off to their respective university
teams. Anic MacKay and Emilie Lamarche both play in Ohio, Elizabeth Maffett
goes to McMaster, Corinne Kandravy goes to Laurentian and Blodgett is entering
her first year at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.
The fourth Hornets
team to win a title on the weekend was the U17 Level 3 squad which downed
the Lakeshore Landscapers 2-0 in the U18 Tier 1 final. In other action,
the U16 Level 3 team lost 3-0 to the Burlington Fusion in the U17 Tier 1
final; the U14 Level 3 team lost 4-2 to the Burlington Fusion in the U15
Tier 1 final; and the U12 Level 4 team lost 6-0 to to a very strong Oakville
squad in the U13 Tier 2 championship.
of the Gloucester Hornets U21 women's team pose with the championship trophy
after downing St. Anthony to win the Gloucester International Soccer Tournament
on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
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