Cobras win three of four ERSL Cup finals; pair of Shields
By Fred Sherwin
Cumberland United Soccer Club had a banner day on the
soccer pich Sunday, winning three of four ERSL Cup finals
and a pair of ERSL Shields.
one point the Cobras U14, U15 and U16 regional boys teams
were all playing at the same time at the South Gower Park
U14 game was the first to finish with the Cobras coming
out on the losing end of a 5-2 final against Capital United
despite having come back from an early 1-0 deficit to
take a 2-1 lead.
U15 boys were in tough against Ottawa South United, but
a Paolo Spadacini goal off a pass from Kyle Champagne
at the 10 minute mark of the second half proved to be
the difference in a 1-0 win.
U15 Cobras went into the season-long tournament ranked
fourth out of 10 teams. They had to beat fifth ranked
St. Anthony and the top seed Ottawa City Futuro to make
it into the final. The Futuro ended up winning the ERSL
regular season championship with a record of 13-0-1. Their
only loss came against the Cobras on Aug. 21.
Cobras BU15 roster: Logan MacDonald, Liam
Kelly, Alexandre Cardinal, Kaden Engbers,
Kyle Champagne, Paolo Spadaccini, Jesse Norton,
Kevin Kaba, Ange-Kelly Allah, TJ Daniels,
Jose Ryan St-Fleur, William Migezo, Dante
Emmanuel and call up Benoit Racette. Fred
prize for the most exciting game of the day could be given
to the U16 final between the Cobras and OSU. The Cobras
opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when a free kick
by Kieran Singh bounced off the post straight to Phillippe
Arago-Rosa who simply had to tap it into the empty net.
1-0 lead stood up until the 43rd minute of the first half
when OSU managed to score the equalizer. When neither
team could muster a go ahead goal in the second half,
the result had to be decided in penalty kicks.
first shot rang off both posts behind Cobras' keeped Sasha
Dieryckx and out of harm's way. Ncholas Andre, Aidan Bennett,
Noah Robert and Aidan Tuck each scored on their kicks
to put the pressure on OSU's final shooter who blasted
his attempt off the crossbar to give the Cobras their
first win over OSU in three years.
if there was a better sound for a keeper than hearing
a penalty shot hit the iron, Dieryckx simply smiled broadly.
no better sound, and to hear your team cheering, it was
great," said Dieryckx.
Cobras went into the ERSL Cup tournament ranked fourth
out of eight teams and had to beat the fifth ranked Gloucester
Hornets and top seed Capital United to make into the final.
Cobras finished 10 points back of OSU in the regular season
standings which made Sunday's win that much more satisfying.
Cobras BU16 roster: Nicholas Andre, Aidan
Bennett, Liam Curran, Phillippe Arago-Rosa,
Aidan Tuck, Emmanuel Laryea, Samuel Henriques,
Kieran Singh, Eliezer Adjibi, Noah Robert,
Ryan Sponza, Zohair Feroze, and Sasha Dieryckx.
United's third Cup win came in the girls U15 division.
The lady Cobras were in tough against a West Ottawa team
that upset the top seed Gloucester Hornets 5-3 in the
Cup final was tied until the 30th minute of the second
half when Cassandra Andre set up Chanelle Chaput on a
three on two situation that was created off the counter
little over a minute later, Emily Smith was brought down
in the penalty area setting up a penalty kick by Chaput
to give the Cobras a 2-0 lead and put the game and the
Cup out of reach.
win was especially significant given the fact that the
group of mostly 14-year-olds were playing up an age group.
After dominating at the U13 level last season, winning
both the league championship and the ERSL Shield, they
decided to skip U14 and play in the U15 division this
season. The result was a second place finish in the ERSL
standings -- they finished two points back of the Hornets
-- and the Cup championship.
coach Nuel Andre said the results prove they made the
right decision in playing up an age group.
are a pretty special group. Very tight knit. They make
coaching very easy," said Nuel.
Shield victories came in the U13 age group with the boys
Tier 1 team topping OSU 7-2, and the girls squad getting
the better of West Ottawa on penalty kicks after the two
teams were tied 1-1 after regulation time.
the two other ERSL Sheild finals involving Cumberland
United teams, the girls U15 Tier 1 team lost 2-0 to Rockland
United, and the girls U16 Tier 1 team lost 3-1 to Glengarry.
eight teams in the ERSL Cup and Shield finals is another
feather in the cap of Cumberland United's academy program
which was launched eight years ago with the hiring of
Pavel Cancura as the club's technical director and head
been a really good day. We're truly blessed with a great
coaching staff and great leadership with a great board.
It's unique so we can only hope it keeps going this way,"
Cancura said at the conclusion of Sunday's action.
club plans to offer an elite academy program next year
to give the top players yet another level of development
to help them achieve their true to potential.
Cobras GU15 roster: Veronique Bolduc, Perla
Khoury, Anamika Nagra, Chanelle Chaput, Emily
Smith, Cassandra Andre, Maude Bergeron, Lauren
Curran, Joelle Chackal, Victoria Upholz, Elie
Pablo Fortier, Katelyn Brzozowski, Seana Shaka,
Maya Phillips and call up Florence Belzile..
11 a.m., Sept. 13)
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