Hornets U15 regional team clinches first place with win
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester Hornets U15 regional girls team clinched first
place in the Eastern Regional Soccer League with a 2-1
win over the Ottawa Internationals on Thursday in the
last game of the season for both teams.
Hornets trailed the Cumberland Cobras by four points before
beating their east end rivals 2-0 on Sept. 5. The Cobras
needed a win or a tie to clinch first place heading into
the game. The result in favour of the Hornets, gave Gloucester
the opportunity to take the division with a win over the
motivated, a highly charged up Hornets team started Thursday's
game like a house on fire. They had a majority of the
possession for most of the second quarter, but weren't
able to take advantage of their superiority until the
40th minute of the first half when Emily Hume took a well-placed
through ball and scored from about five metres inside
the penalty area.
Hornets had several chances to score early in the first
half but were thwarted by a post and a pair of great saves
by the Ottawa keeper, including a touch in which she redirected
a shot from Veronique Filion just over the crossbar.
would have another chance to score early in the second
half on a three way passing play from Isabelle McInnis
to Marissa Sellars to Filion.
had a particular strong game on the left side at forward
and caused the International defenders fits with her pace
and tenacity. Her hardwork paid off with a goal in the
22nd minute of the second half when she half- deflected,
half-pushed a pass from Kennedy Armstrong into the near
corner to give the Hornets a 2-0 lead.
Sellars was supposed to come off for a substitute moments
before, but the referee nullified the substitution because
it was made too late.
did come off after the goal, which turned out to be the
championship winning marker when the Internationals scored
late in injury time to make it a 2-1 game.
win gave the Hornets a season ending record of 12-0-4
with nine clean sheets. They led their division in goals
for with 43, two more than Seaway Valley, and goals against
only blemish on an otherwise perfect ERSL campaign was
a 5-3 loss to West Ottawa in the second round of the ERSL
Cup. They also lost 1-0 to Stoney Creek at the Ontario
Summer Games in Mississauga in July.
than focus on wins and losses, Hornets head coach Mike
Lanos claimed the season was a success based on the players
ability to succeed while playing all nine positions on
the pitch during the course of the season.
main goal for this group was to get a lot of them playing
in positions they were unfamiliar with so that when they
get to the universoty level they will be versatile and
be able to crack a spot. So we've taken a good squad and
made them better. I mean I flipped tham around like pancakes
and it shows because it allows you as a coach a lot more
versatility," said Lanos.
team will now go on to the Ontario Regional Champions
Tournament at the University of Guelph on Oct. 1-2. The
Hornets will be hoping to repeat the success the had last
in winning the U14 title.
Gloucester Hornets U15 regional team is once
again ERSL champions after downing the Ottawa
Internationals 2-1 on Thursday to finish two
points clear of the Cumberland Cobras in the
final standings. Fred Sherwin/Photo
5:30 p.m., Sept. 10)
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