8:30 a.m., Aug. 11)
Gloucester Hornets Impact add GIST title to long list
By Fred Sherwin
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
U13 Level 3 Ottawa Gloucester Hornets Impact girls soccer
team is quickly amassing a record that other teams can
only dream about.
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.
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
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.
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.
when two five minute sessions of overtime failed to produce
a result the game once again came down to penalty kicks.
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.
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
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.
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.
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