to finish costs Louis-Riel senior girls soccer championship
Members of the Louis-Riel Rebelles and the
Glebe Gryphons compete for the ball during
the senior girls AAA/AAAA soccer championship
on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
lack of a finishing touch cost the Louis-Riel Rebelles
dearly on Thursday as they were upended 1-0 by the Glebe
Gryphons in the senior girls AAA/AAAA championship at
Hillcrest High School.
Rebelles went into the final with a near perfect 6-0-1
record. The lone tie came against Gryphons in the first
game of the season. The Rebelles managed to avenge the
tie with a 1-0 win over Gryphons on the last day of the
regular season, but their focus was on Thursday's game
for all the marbles.
Rebelles were also looking to win back the city championship
they last held in 2010. They were forced to forfeit their
semi-final win against the Colonal By Cougars last year
due to a technicality.
started out strong against Glebe, generating several scoring
chances before the Gryphons' Sydney Bruan-McLeod found
some space down the left flank and fired a perfect shot
over Louis-Riel keeper Annick Storgaard into the far side
of the net.
Rebelles best chance in the first half came off a perfect
heel pass from #19 to Morgan MacNeil who was able to get
a shot off on Gryphons keeper Tessa Ritchie.
Ritchie blocked the initial shot the ball bounced up and
over her head towards the net. Fortunately for the Gryhons,
Ritchie made a quick recovery and snatched the ball up
before it crossed the goal line.
hardluck MacNeil would have several more chances to tie
the game in the second half, but the soccer gods weren't
on her side. She had one shot glance off the far post
and another sail a foot over the crossbar.
also had a shot that just missed the mark.
coach Joe Forunier is hoping his team will have better
luck finishing off their scoring chances at the AAA OFSAA
championships in Hamilton. (The Glebe Gryphons are going
to the Quad-A championships.)
been our story all season long," said Fournier. "We
keep working on it in practice, but it doesn't seem to
translate on the field. Hopefully, we can put it all together
Rebelles have one thing on their side, and that's history.
The last two times they failed to win the city championship
in 2009 and 2011, they went on to win OFSAA gold.
7:30 a.m., June 1)
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