ERSL Cup Finals
U15 Regional team add second
ERSL Cup to collection
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester Hornets Nancy Duguay battles for the ball during the U15 ERSL
Cup final between the Hornets and the OSU Force on Saturday. Daniel Cusson/Photo
Hornets U15 Regional girls team downed the OSU Force 2-1 on Saturday to
win the ERSL Cup, now they have a matching pair.
Many of the girls
on this year's team were on the U14 squad last year that won the ERSL Cup
in a game that had to be decided in penalty kicks.
they avoided the sudden death dramatics by taking care of business against
an Ottawa South United team that had won all three of their previous match-ups
-- and they did so without having to rely on their top scorer Sarah Jaworski,
who the Force held in check for most of the game.
whose only two previous goals came in a 7-2 win over the Nepean Hotspurs
on June 22, scored the all important first goal on a lead pass from Nancy
Duguay around the 15 minuts mark of the first half.
The Force managed
to tie the score on a rare breakaway with about 10 minutes left to go in
the half, but it was short lived as the Hornets came right back to score
on a picture perfect free kick by Naomi Dussah.
Dussah took the
kick from about 25 metres out and curled it around the human wall that was
set up by the Force and into the top left corner.
Hornets coach Michael Dussah, warned his players to be ready for the Force
to unleash their full fury.
As the second
half began, the first place Force threw everything they had at the Hornets
in an attempt to score the equalizer, but they were unable to breakdown
Gloucester's defence and the Hornets were able to weather the storm and
go on to win the game.
For the Hornets,
who finished the season in the middle of the ERSL standings with an 8-0-7
record, winning the Cup was provided the perfect ending to a sometimes frustrating
season. Five of their losses were by one goal. They lost three times to
the Force and twice each to the Cataraqui Clippers and the Ottawa Royals.
out on the losing side against OSU three times, but two of the games could
have gione either way and we problaby deserved to get at least a point out
of them," Dussah said after Saturday's big win. "Today, the girls
came out to play and they just wanted it more. It was one of the best games
they played all season."
of the Gloucester Hornets U15 Regional girls team pose for a picture with
the championships trophy after winning the ERSL Cup on Saturday. Daniel
p.m., Sept. 20)
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