Pretty much every single one of the GSSC (Greater Sudbury Soccer Club) Impact competitive teams are enjoying the long weekend off - but that certainly wasn't the case a week ago.
While it took them a little more time to find their stride than usual, the persistent pressure applied by the Impact U13 Girls would ultimately reward the home side, the locals scoring three times in the second half en route to a 4-0 win over Muskoka United FC U14 Girls last Saturday.
In picking up their sixth straight win in the HDSL (Huronia District Soccer League), the U13 Impact girls not only showcased their incredible offensive balance in terms of pure goal scoring, but also their ability to distribute the ball around nicely with ease.
The Sudbury crew broke the ice late in the opening half when a well placed throw-in from Abbey Dagostino found Mia Beites, who struck from distance, giving Impact goaltender Anika Rheaume all of the support she would need in registering her fourth shutout of the summer.
About midway through the second half, a Muskoka clearing attempt landed at the feet of Emmaleigh Hasanefendic, who made no mistake, doubling the advantage with a well placed shot from thirty yards out.
From there, it was time to move in a little tighter to the net as Beites slid a pass in to Makenna Messier, shooting back against the grain in sliding the sphere into the far left-hand corner.
Finally, Leah Serre would find speedy Reese Chaumont open on the far side of the net to close out the Sudbury attack, one which takes a great deal of pride in being as diversified as they are.
"We likes to pass and make our plays to the net and then whoever has it shoots," explained Makenna Messier, a 12 year-old grade six student at Jean-Paul II, who has been with the team the past two years.
"It's usually the closest to the net - but we pass it to everyone so that they all get a chance to score."
Messier would hit paydirt only after missing out on a glorious opportunity minutes early, a misfire that had the product of Valley East Soccer Club a little hot under the collar.
"I was mad that I hit the crossbar," Messier suggested. "It was a wide open shot and I kicked it too hard."
Thankfully, a second chance did not take long in coming as she drilled home her sixth marker of the season.
Over at the James Jerome Sports Complex, things were getting a little more spirited as the GSSC Impact U15 Boys slipped past Wexford Academy 2-1 in Ontario Cup action in a contest that was called early due to a threat being made on a game official.
Mohammad Alramadan opened the scoring for the Impact with London Croome netting the game-winner, striking a free kick from 25 yards out to perection for the win as the team moves on to play again on the weekend of July 16th.
Likewise for the GSSC Impact U17 Girls who blanked York 2-0 on goals from Andrea Begic and Sydney Coe and a standout performance in net from Emily Levesque.
The team has already secured their promotion to the C1 Division of the new I-Model structure by virtue of a top four finish in YRSL (York Regional Soccer League) play to date.
This despite having players in and out of the lineup due to injuries, with Kate Pauli making her first appearance of the season in late June, compensating somewhat for the loss of leading scorer Kiara Levac who is expected to be out of the lineup until she heads off to the USA Cup in Minneapolis with a team from Sault Ste Marie from July 10th to the 15th.
Action this week sees the GSSC Impact U15 Girls playing host to the NDSC (Nipissing District Soccer Club) Lakers on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the James Jerome Complex while the Impact U15 Boys travel to North Bay on Thursday evening for a mid-week battle.