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Senior Girls Soccer
Failure to finish costs Louis-Riel senior girls soccer championship
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Louis-Riel 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.

The 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.

After 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.

The 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.

#10 also had a shot that just missed the mark.

Rebelles 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.)

"That's 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 in Hamilton."

The 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.

'(Posted 7:30 a.m., June 1)


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