8:30 a.m., Aug. 25)
U15 girls Premier team clinches league title with game
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester Hornets Olivia Castaneda tracks
down the ball during the team's title clinching
game against the Nepean Hotspurs on Monday.
Gloucester Hornets U15 girls Premier team has clinched
the ERSL league championship after downing the Nepean
Hotspurs 3-0 on Monday.
Caird, Marie Chevalier and Dominique Jost all scored in
the first half for the Hornets, while Emilie Miller picked
up her fourth shutout of the season and seventh league
league crown caps a three year quest which began in 2012
when most of the same girls won just one game. After improving
to a third place finish last year, they kicked off the
current campaign by going undefeated in the Ottawa Icebreaker
Tournament while not allowing a single goal.
then reeled off seven straight wins in league action and
placed second in a tournament in Rochester in which they
lost the final in penalty kicks despite playing up a level.
They also placed second in the Gloucester Invitational
Soccer Tournament in August after beating their regional
clubmates in the semi-finals.
record in league play has been exemplary, having only
lost one game in regular season action at the hands of
second place Kemptville on July 21. Their only other defeat
came in the ERSL Cup semi-final on Sunday which they lost
1-0 to the Ottawa Internationals regional squad.
Hornets have been led on the scoresheet by Marie Chevalier
who leads the league in scoring with 21 goals in 14 games.
She has a one goal advantage over Kemptville's Lauren
Bellefontaine for the league scoring title with one game
remaining. Also among the team leaders in scoring are
Olivia Castaneda with 11 goals and Claudia Caird with
Michael Dussah and Johnny Scheida agree the team's success
can be directly attributed to the players' work ethic
and their closeness as both players and friends.
strength of this team is that you have 16 girls who all
want to be together: before the game, during the game
and after the game. We never had any players that missed
a practice. I'm very proud of them and what they've managed
to accomplish in three years," Dussah said after
Monday's clinching game.
team will play in this weekend's Kicking The Capital Tournament,
before wrapping up their season against West Ottawa on
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