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ERSL Soccer
Cumberland Cobras win three of four ERSL Cup finals; pair of Shields
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The 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.

At one point the Cobras U14, U15 and U16 regional boys teams were all playing at the same time at the South Gower Park in Kemptville.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Cumberland 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 Sherwin/Photo

The 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.

The 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.

OSU's 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.

Asked if there was a better sound for a keeper than hearing a penalty shot hit the iron, Dieryckx simply smiled broadly.

"There's no better sound, and to hear your team cheering, it was great," said Dieryckx.

The 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.

The Cobras finished 10 points back of OSU in the regular season standings which made Sunday's win that much more satisfying.

Cumberland 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. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Cumberland 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 semi-finals.

Sunday's 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 attack.

A 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.

The 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.

Head coach Nuel Andre said the results prove they made the right decision in playing up an age group.

"They are a pretty special group. Very tight knit. They make coaching very easy," said Nuel.

The 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.

In 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.

Having 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 coach.

"It's 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.

The 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.

Cumberland 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.. Fred Sherwin/Photo

(Posted 11 a.m., Sept. 13)


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