'Big Red' leads U16 Hornets to third straight ERSL Cup
Members of the Gloucester Hornets U16 regional
team celebrate after winning their third straight
ERSL Cup. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Gloucester Hornets U16 regional girls soccer team won
their third straight ERSL Cup on Sunday thanks to the
second half heroics of late arrival Carolyn "Big
and teammate Alyssa Baker both started the day at a hockey
tournament in Stoney Creek. After their final game, they
both drove to the South Gower soccer field in separate
cars, but only Williams made it back in time to play in
the second half.
the game tied 1-1, the tall striker broke the deadlock
with a smart redirect of a Kelsea McKay pass 10 minutes
into the half. She then added an insurance marker three
minutes later on a great individual effort in which she
blew past the defender before burying the ball into the
back of the West Ottawa goal.
were texting our manager and getting updates all the way
here," said Williams who arrived literally 30 seconds
before the start of the second half.
two goals were entirely unexpected considering she hasn't
been on the soccer pitch in neatly a month.
was really surprised because I haven't played in like
a month because of hockey," explained Williams. "I
deflected the first one and I thought the second one was
going to miss the net."
underdog West Ottawa side were all over the Hornets in
the early going and were rewarded with an early goal.
The early marker had the effect of waking up the league
champions who tied the score on a fortuitous goal that
came off a deflection off the crossbar.
Skinkle took the first strike that bounced right to the
feet of Kelsey Ellis who simply had to tap it into the
second half was all Hornets who dominated the play resulting
in both of Williams' goals.
18 league and Cup games the Hornets lost just once to
Ottawa South United and outscored their opponents 75 to
core group of the team having been playing together since
they were seven.
Members of the U16 Gloucester Hornets pose
for a team photo after winning their third
straight ERSL Cup. Fred Sherwin/Photo
9:30 a.m., Sept. 16)
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