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(Posted 8:30 a.m., Aug. 11)
U13 Gloucester Hornets Impact add GIST title to long list of accomplishments
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Sarah Gebru from the Ottawa Gloucester Hornets U13 Impact team holds off a defender as she moves the ball upfield during the U14 title game at the Gloucester Invitational Soccer Tournament on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The U13 Level 3 Ottawa Gloucester Hornets Impact girls soccer team is quickly amassing a record that other teams can only dream about.

Undeafted in league play so far this season, the Impact earlier won the prestigious USA Cup in Blaine, Minnesota.They also won the Ontario Indoor Cup in February and they came within a penalty kick of making it to the final of The Robbie tournament in Toronto in June.

Little wonder then that their confidence was extremely high heading into the Gloucester Invitational Soccer Tournament this past weekend, despite having to compete in the U14 Tier 1 division.

The Impact started off the tournament with a 1-0 loss on penalty kicks to the U14 Whitby Iroquois, but they were able to rebound to reel off three straight wins to set up a rematch with Whitby in Sunday's final.

The game played out exactly as the first meeting between the two evenly matched teams did with neither side able to score a goal in regulation play.

And when two five minute sessions of overtime failed to produce a result the game once again came down to penalty kicks.

During the first six attempts the Hornets benefitted from a struck crossbar and a pair of excellent saves by keeper Kayza Massey. When Whitby's seventh attempt rattled off the post, the game and the title came down to Ariana Duenas who has yet to score a goal in league or ERSL Cup play.

Like her teammates Isabelle MacInnis, Shaelyn Stanton and Kennedy Armstrong who all scored before her to keep the shootout going, Duenas cooly stepped up to the ball and struck it cleanly into the back of the net to give the Impact the win.

With yet another title under their belts, the Impact can now focus on clinching the ERSL League championship, which they should be able to do later this week, and an upcoming tournament in Quebec.

Head coach Winston Bonnick, is understandably proud of his team's accomplishments so far this year, as is the entire Ottawa Gloucester Hornets organization. With successes also being enjoyed by the girls U14 and U15 teams and a number of the organizartion's boys teams, the future looks brighter than ever for the Hornets.

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

 

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