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ERSL Soccer
Gloucester Hornets U15 regional team clinches first place with win over Internationals
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The 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.

The 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 Internationals.

Thus 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.

The 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.

Filion 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.

Sellars 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.

Ironically, Sellars was supposed to come off for a substitute moments before, but the referee nullified the substitution because it was made too late.

Sellars 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.

The 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 with 11.

The 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.

Rather 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.

"Our 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.

The 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.

The 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

(Posted 5:30 p.m., Sept. 10)


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