Cobras U14 Academy girls team completes unforgettable season
By Fred Sherwin
Cumberland Cobras U13 Academy girls team completed their 2017
outdoor season with a historical 5-day run earlier this month
during which they won the U14 ERSL League championship and ERSL
Cup playing up an age group, and became the first Cobras team in
club history to win an Ontario Cup final.
5-day run started with a 2-0 win over St. Anthony Parmar
\which enabled them to win the ERSL League championship
by one point over the Kingston Clippers.
of the Cumberland Cobras U13 Academy team
pose with the Ontario Cup and championship
banner after winning the tournament final
on Sept. 17. Members of the team include Elizabeth
Vroom, Flavie Dubé, Alexi Virgo, Riley Bonadie,
Jessica Boyle, Paige Robert, Rachel Vermaire,
Devon Vermaire, Leane Turcotte, Peyton Fairchild,
Lea Francoeur, Paige Lachambre, Vanessa Wynn,
Amy Cassidy, Maya Galko and Yasmine Lange
. ONTARIO SOCCER PHOTO
opening marker was scored by Elizabeth Vroom off a corner
kick in the first half. It was her first goal in regular
season action – she scored in a first round ERSL Cup game
on July 19 against the same St. Anthony team – and a replay
of a non-goal earlier in the game that was ruled offside.
Boyle added an insurance marker for her sixth goal of
team had just two days to rest before traveling to Vaughan
to take on the Oshawa Kicks in the U13 Ontario Cup final.
into the championship game the Cobras had scored 17 times
in their four previous tournament games without giving
up a single goal.
drew first blood against the Kicks on a penalty in the
28th minute that was awarded as a result of a hand-ball
call in the Kicks’ penalty area. The
job of converting the penalty kick was given to Vanessa
Wynn who coolly deposited into the back of the Oshawa
Cobras’ lead held up until early in the second half when
Katharine Stewart broke Cumberland’s shutout streak on
a great individual effort.
deadlock didn’t last long, how-ever, thanks to the efforts
of Cobras’ striker Riley Bonadie who took the ball down
the wing before cutting back inside and burying a shot
into the back of the Kicks’ net. She would add an insurance
marker later in the half on a pass from Flavie Dubé.
two titles already under their belts, the Cobras completed
the championship trilogy on Sept. 18 with a 4-1 win over
the Nepean Hotspurs to claim the U14 ERSL Cup on goals
by Bondie, Boyle, Rachel Vermaire and Yasmine Ndakashami-Lange.
win in their final game of the season improved their overall
record in league and tournament play to 21-0-3 Cobras’
head coach Duane Bonadie heaped all the praise for the
team’s success on the players.
girls worked really, really hard all year. They really
deserve all the success they’ve had,” said Bonadie.
the team played at their own age level in the Ontario
Cup, they played up an age group in the Eastern Ontario
Soccer League and the ERSL Cup, making their accomplishments
this year even more extraordinary.
also played up at age group at the Robbey Soccer Tournament
and the Tournoi de Granby, losing to the eventual winner
in both tournaments.
other female Cobra teams also performed well this past
season. The U16 team won the League Championship by eight
points and was a runner up to the Gloucester Hornets in
the ERSL Cup, and the U15 team lost the League title by
a single goal.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of
our local business partners.)