captures OFSAA 'AA' soccer championship
By Fred Sherwin
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
game and the championship came down to Bishop Macdonell's
fifth penalty kick which sailed wide past the post, giving
the Rebelles the win.
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,
Simard and Yasmine Boukadoum platooned at left back.
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."
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.
was definitely the player of the tournament. All the girls
played well, but Adrienne played above the field,"
The Rebelles girls soccer program has won two previous
provincial championships in 2009 and 2011 at the AAA level.
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
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