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Monday, Nov. 19, 2018
Local rep soccer teams really get the ball rolling
by Randy Pascal

The "Sudbury Soccer Snapshot" is a weekly feature that is being presented courtesy of Martin Martic Dentistry. Each and every week, from May 1st through until the end of September, a weekly newsletter will be produced, covering off much of what is on the go in the world of competitive soccer locally.

As well, a recreational soccer "game of the week" will be highlighted, rotating between the various houseleagues that exist in and around Greater Sudbury. In the off-season, the newsletter will scale back to a bi-weekly feature, focusing heavily on the hundreds of young soccer players who shift to the indoor game as the fields become snow-covered for the winter.


The Sudbury rep soccer community was out, full force, this past weekend, as a majority of teams representing either the Sudbury District Soccer Club, or the Greater Sudbury Soccer Club, saw action, either at home or on the road.

The Sudbury U17 Celtics Boys wasted little time registering their first win following their promotion to the CSL (Central Soccer League) this summer, blanking the Woodbridge Strikers “C” crew 2-0, one day after dropping a 3-0 decision to Woodbridge “B”.

Jonathan Grebe finished off a beautiful over the top through ball from Alex Cimino to open the scoring, with Jacxsen Cress drilling home the second tally, while keeper Filippo Mazza held the fort at the other end of the pitch.

“It’s a big jump up from Huronia last year,” acknowledged midfielder/defender Noah Gascon. “I think we came in a bit too confident, and it really showed us yesterday. Today, we came out a lot stronger, and it paid off.”

In fact, the game plan to success was anything but complicated. “We had to keep it simple, look for the open man, the guy closest to you,” Gascon added. “And play it back if you need to – you don’t always have to move it forward.”

The Celtics warmed up, along with Woodbridge on Saturday, in their “Pink on the Pitch” apparel, an outfit they will sport for the entire contest come Saturday, June 11th, when the team plays host to S.C. Toronto.


The Sudbury (GSSC) U18 Impact boys also earned a weekend split, edged 1-0 by CTSA (Canadian Tamils Sports Association), but rebounding with a 3-0 win on Sunday versus the Scarborough Rangers.

Kristian Shuttleworth opened the scoring, with Danish Butt closing things out with a two-goal performance, the second of which came on a picture-perfect feed from Christian Celebre. “Our structure today was much better, our talking was much better,” suggested Shuttleworth, a 17 year old resident of Sault Ste Marie, who has travelled back and forth while suiting up for the Impact the past three years.

“We only had nine guys (and a keeper) yesterday, which was tough. Today, we had a couple of juniors up, and with the numbers, the bodies, we played very well.” In fact, the affiliated players, Cameron Boland and Jacob Socransky, both provided solid accounts of themselves, despite giving up as much as four years to the eighteen year old athletes.


The Sudbury (GSSC) U21 Impact men battled to a tough 1-1 tie with Wexford Hi-Profile at home on Sunday, as Akshay Varghese found the back of the net for the locals. The SDSC U18 Girls extended their unbeaten streak to three games, downing the Unionville-Milliken Soccer Club 3-1 on goals from Kayleigh Coufal, Kiara Perry and Chelsea Sargeant.

The victory at Queen’s Athletic Field followed up a 1-0 shutout of Aurora, and scoreless draw with North Toronto, for the local ladies who have also moved on to round three of CGSL League Cup action, with victories over Bradford (6-0) and Pickering (2-1).

The Sudbury Impact U21 ladies walked all over the Guelph Rangers, as Laurentian midfielder Brianne Rodrigue netted no less than four goals, in an 8-0 road trouncing. Brenna MacMillan chipped in with a pair of markers, with Dana Isaia and Karly Hellstrom finishing it off.

Dayna Corelli's team then made it back to back whitewashes with a 2-0 triumph over the Kitchener Spirit, as Sarah Cholewinsky scored a pair of goals. Megan Coutu made it two clean slates in as many games for Sudbury, who return to action, at home, on the weekend of June 11th and 12th, hosting Waterloo United and PSI (Premier Soccer Institute) from Barrie.


The Sudbury (SDSC) Royals U14 Girls remain in search of their first win of the Huronia District Soccer League season. Coach Maurice Ferron’s troops suffered a 2-1 mid-week setback to the North Bay Selects, with Alli Weiler accounting for the only Sudbury goal.

The team was back on the road on Saturday, beaten 4-1 by the Bradford Eagles, as Heidi Lamothe pulled the trigger for the Royals. The team will enjoy their first home game this coming Sunday (June 5th) at noon at the James Jerome Sports Complex, welcoming the Bracebridge Storm to Sudbury.

At Home: Impact U21-M vs Whitby Iroquois - Sun., June 5th - 3:00 p.m. at Delki Dozzi

At Home: Royals U14-G vs Bracebridge Storm - Sun., June 5th - 12:00 p.m. at James Jerome (turf)

On the Road - Impact U18-B @ Richmond Hill - White (June 4th) and Richmond Hill - Black (June 5th)

On the Road - Celtics U17-B @ Aurora (June 5th)

If you are interested in seeing each and every edition of the Sudbury Soccer Snapshot, as they are uploaded to SudburySports.com, simply forward your email details to the attention of Randy Pascal at "statsman@sudburysports.com"

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