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Senior Girls Soccer
Louis-Riel captures OFSAA 'AA' soccer championship
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

(L to r) Seniors Kelsey Ellis, Bianca Breiding and Adrienne Li accept the championship trophy and banner after the Louis-Riel Rebelles won the OFSAA 'AA' soccer final on Saturday. Photo supplied

The Louis-Riel Rebelles won their third provincial high school soccer championship in the last six years on Saturday, downing Bishop Macdonell High School from Gurlph 2-1 in penalty kicks to clinch the OFSAA 'AA' title.

After going a perfect 4-0 in their pool with four clean sheets, the Rebelles downed St. Mary's College from Sault Ste. Marie, 4-0 in the quarterfinals for their fifth straight shutout with Grade 9 keeper Jadzia Gervais between the pipes.

They posted their sixth shutout of the competition in the semi-finals when they beat St. Michael Catholic High School from Kemptville 4-0 on goals by Kaitlyn Ball, Adrienne Li, Kelsey Ellis, and Veronique Landriault.

In Saturday's gold medal game against Bishop Macdonell, Li scored the only goal of the first half to give the Rebelles the early 1-0 lead.

Louis-Riel's shutout streak eventually came to an end late in the second half when Bishop Macdonell managed to score the equalizer to send the game into extra time.

When the two teams failed to settle things through 20 minutes of overtime, the outcome came down to penalty kicks and the heroics of their Grade 9 keeper who stopped Bishop Macdonell's first attempt.

Gervais stopped Bishop Macdonell's second and third attempts as well, but was called for moving early both times and both times they scored on the re-kick. The game had to be delayed to give Gervais a chance to recover after the initial third attempt struck her in the face.

The Rebelles scored on their first kick, but missed the net on their second and third attempts. With two rounds to go they were trailing 2-1. They tied the game with their fourth penalty kick and took the lead with their final kick after Bishop Macdonell missed on their fourth attempt.

The game and the championship came down to Bishop Macdonell's fifth penalty kick which sailed wide past the post, giving the Rebelles the win.

Rebelles head coach Joé Fournier gave much of the credit for the team's success to his keeper and the team's back line anchored by centre backs Michelle McVey and Bianca Breiding, along with right back Kimiko Marinacci. The three defenders played every minute of the tournament, while Melissa Simard and Yasmine Boukadoum platooned at left back.

"Michelle and Bianca were phenomenal," said Fournier. "Michelle made a lot of great tackles and won every header, and Bianca moved the ball extremely well and got us out of trouble. As for Kimiko, you would never know this was her first year playing soccer in I don't know how long. She's just a very gifted athlete."

As happy as Fournier was with his back line, he saved his highest praise for midfielder Adrienne Li who he described as playing on another level.

"She was definitely the player of the tournament. All the girls played well, but Adrienne played above the field," said Fournier.

The Rebelles girls soccer program has won two previous provincial championships in 2009 and 2011 at the AAA level.

Team members: Naomi Bianco, Michelle McVey, Bianca Breiding, Jadzia Gervais, Kelsey Ellis, Alyssa Baker, Zineb Jouali, Mélissa Simard, Adrienne Li, Kimiko Marinacci, Kiana Deland, Kaitlyn Ball , Véronique Landriault, Gabrielle Poirier, Kerline Millord, and Yasmine Boukadoum.

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

 

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