8 a.m., Sept. 25)
soccer teams go for 4-for-5 in ERSL Cup finals
By Fred Sherwin
The Orleans Star
Cumberland United Soccer Club and the Ottawa Gloucester
Hornets completed a successful season on Sept. 16 by going
a combined four-for-five in the finals of the ERSL Cup.
Hornets U15 girls regional team kicked things off with
a 2-1 win over St. Anthony Futuro on goals by Augusta
Hofmann and Meghan Cheetham.
Cumberland Cobras U15 Academy team pose with
the Ontario Cup after beating the London Whitecaps
2-1 in the tournament final on Sept. 14. Members
of the team include Sheridan Michel, Chloe
Headland, Amelia Thompson, Emma Ladouceur,
Florence Belzile, Raisha Emilie, Ella Riley,
Janelle Boileau, Joelle Chackal, Kylie Laframboise
and Anna Demarbre. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Hornets had an excellent season in the Eastern Region
Soccer League, amassing an impressive 14-1-3 record. Unfortunately,
they were in the same division as the Cumberland Cobras
2004 Academy team which went undefeated this season coming
off their historic win in last year’s Ontario Cup.
Cobras decided to forego the ERSL Cup competition this
year. Instead, they traveled to the Czech Republic where
they took part in the prestigious Pelimatkat Cup.
Cumberland United team was a respectable 0-2-1 in their
group with two ties against just one loss. One of their
ties was against eventual tournament finalist Slovan Bratislava.
ended the tournament with a 4-0 win over FC Viktoria Plzen
in the consolation final.
in Canada, the U15 girls Academy team followed up their
2-1 win in the final of the Ontario Cup on Sept. 14 with
a workmanlike 2-0 win over the Kingston Clippers playing
up an age group in the U16 ERSL Cup final two days later.
Cobras two goals were scored by Sheridan Michel and Kylie
two teams played again four hours later in a regular season
game with the same result thanks to a pair of goals from
win left the team trailing Kingston United and Ottawa
South United by three points with one game left on the
schedule against Kingston United which the two teams played
on Sept. 18.
to a complicated tie breaking process, the Cobras had
to win the game by five goals in order to finish in first
place. In the end, they only won by one goal in posting
a 2-1 result.
other action at the ERSL Cup finals, the Cobras 2005 Academy
team won the U14 Cup final 3-2 on penalty kicks against
Ottawa opened the scoring with a goal in the 10th minute.
It would take 18 minutes before the Cobras were able to
tie the score on a goal off the foot of Leane Turcotte.
would score again early in the second half to give her
team a tenuous lead which they doggedly defended until
the late going when West Ottawa was able o score the equalizer
and force the contest into penalty kicks.
both teams scored on their first two attempts, West Ottawa
missed the net entirely on their third attempt, opening
the door for the Cobras who made no mistake with their
shot to take a 3-2 lead.
the Cobras keeper stopped West Ottawa’s fourth attempt,
the game came down to the team’s fourth shot which they
promptly scored to win the game and the Cup.
Ottawa Gloucester Hornets U13 Regional girls team was
not as fortunate as the U14 Cobras.
jumping out to a 1-0 lead over AC Gatineau on a goal from
Myriam Audet in the first half, the Hornets gave up an
equalizing goal in the second stanza which resulted in
the game going to penalty kicks.
both teams scored in their first attempt, the Hornets
inexplicably missed the net on their next three tries
to hand Gatineau the win.
the boys side, the Cumberland Cobras U16 Academy team
downed Capital United 3-2 on penalty kicks to join the
U18 Academy team as ERSL Cup champions.
U18 team beat Pegasus AC 1-0 in the U18 Cup final back
on Aug. 12 with Kingslee Joseph scoring the lone goal
for the Cobras.
win was icing on the cake for a season that included the
ERSL league championship which they won by five points
over the Ottawa Gloucester Hornets.
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