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(Posted 8:30 a.m., Aug. 25)
Hornets U15 girls Premier team clinches league title with game remaining
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Gloucester Hornets Olivia Castaneda tracks down the ball during the team's title clinching game against the Nepean Hotspurs on Monday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Gloucester Hornets U15 girls Premier team has clinched the ERSL league championship after downing the Nepean Hotspurs 3-0 on Monday.

Claudia 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 victory.

The 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.

They 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.

Their 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.

The 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 nine.

Co-coaches 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.

"The 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.

The team will play in this weekend's Kicking The Capital Tournament, before wrapping up their season against West Ottawa on Monday.

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

 

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