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(Posted 8 a.m., Sept. 25)
Local soccer teams go for 4-for-5 in ERSL Cup finals

By Fred Sherwin
The Orleans Star

The 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.

The 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.

The 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

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

They ended the tournament with a 4-0 win over FC Viktoria Plzen in the consolation final.

Back 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.

The Cobras two goals were scored by Sheridan Michel and Kylie Laframboise.

The two teams played again four hours later in a regular season game with the same result thanks to a pair of goals from Michel.

The 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.

Due 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.

In other action at the ERSL Cup finals, the Cobras 2005 Academy team won the U14 Cup final 3-2 on penalty kicks against West Ottawa.

West 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.

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.

After 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.

When 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.

The Ottawa Gloucester Hornets U13 Regional girls team was not as fortunate as the U14 Cobras.

After 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.

After both teams scored in their first attempt, the Hornets inexplicably missed the net on their next three tries to hand Gatineau the win.

On 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.

The 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.

The 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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