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Busy soccer weekend for local crew

Still pretty early in the season as local girls soccer teams hosted four different teams in CGSL (Central Girls Soccer League) and OWSL (Ontario Women's Soccer League) action over the weekend. Following are brief recaps for all four teams that saw action:

Sudbury Canadians U-13 Girls

Fears of a very long season were put to rest, at least temporarily, for coach Ted Leck and the Sudbury Canadians U13 Girls. After opening their first year of CGSL play with a pair of lopsided losses on the road, the young ladies returned home for games three and four. Despite seeing their record fall to 0-4, there were plenty of positive sides as the margin of victory for the visitors narrowed substantially.

The Canadians dropped a 3-1 decision to North Toronto Green on Saturday as Sarah Mulvenna managed to break the goose-egg for the homeside. An even closer matchup on Sunday as only a handful of missed opportunities stood between the Canadians and their first draw of the campaign. The Toronto Eagles parlayed a first half goal and some strong netminding into a 1-0 win over Sudbury in a game that clearly was evenly played.

The Canadians are back on the road next weekend, battling Darlington and Ajax before returning to the Delki Dozzi Sports Complex for games on July 10th-11th and 17th-18th.

Sudbury Panhellenic U-21 Ladies

Coach Giuseppe Politi brought in the reinforcements and it was enough to salvage a weekend split as the Panhellenic U21 squad hosted the Glen Shields Sun Devils for a two game set at Cambrian Field. With the likes of Jenna Schroeder, Ellen House, Romina Cimino and Emily Rogers all lost to injuries and midfielder Veronica Mazzella seeking OYSL competition for the summer, the Panhellenic side has been dipping into the affiliation talent pool simply to remain competitive.

Favouring a defense-first approach that would focus on effective counter play, Sudbury bottled up the Sun Devils for much of the weekend matchup. Tied at nil Saturday at the half, Panhellenic capitalized on a penalty kick awarded in the 62nd minute, with Dayna Corelli making no mistake in finding the corner.

Call-up Karen Dubreuil would add a little insurance about ten minutes later, using her speed to create one of several golden opportunities she enjoyed in the contest. Moving around the keeper on this occasion, Dubreuil deftly tucked away the locals second goal as Sudbury registers a 2-0 victory. Laurentian Lady Vees recruit and soon-to-be Lockerby Composite graduate Jaimee Lafraniere recorded the whitewash in net for the home side.

The Panhellenic backline of Samantha Innocente, Dayna Corelli, Renee Jacques and Jessica O'Bumsawin provided veteran leadership in steadying the new recruits as a total of four underage affiliates saw action in the game.

The Panhellenic Lightning provided talented striker Karen Dubreuil along with midfielder Michelle Jacques while the Panhellenic Fire tandem of Haley Cassio and Michaela Penwarden-Watson helped out as well, not looking the least bit out of place. Coach Politi utilized essentially the same approach on Sunday, and while Glen Shields clearly created the better scoring chances, the game remained scoreless until the final ten minutes.

Christina Allegretto picked up her fifth goal of the season, finding a seam and beating goaltender Tayler Dawe as Glen Shields returns home with a much-needed win, edging Panhellenic 1-0. The victory was not without close calls late as Jenna Hellstrom nails the cross bar from in tight, narrowly missing a chance to pull the Sudbury side even in the game's dying minutes.

Hellstrom and midfielder Alex Ross, teammates with the Panhellenic Storm U16 Girls, were among five additions inserted to the Sudbury lineup. Michelle Jacques suited for her second game of the weekend, while Lightning co-horts Kea Koutsoutkis and Emma Persi also enjoyed their first glimpse of OWSL play.

After missing Saturday's affair, Stacey Watson returned to add some experience up front, with midfielders Heather Piccinetti and Kristen Beange also seeing action in both weekend games. Panhellenic continues a six game home stand next weekend, facing the Pickering Power in games Saturday (4:00 p.m.) and Sunday (11:00 a.m.), with both games slated for the Cambrian College field.

Sudbury Canadians (U21)

The Sudbury Canadians ladies kept their hopes alive for advancement within the OWSL, chalking up a pair of lopsided victories over the weekend. Coach Frank Malvaso and company manhandled the Pickering Power 8-1 as Cloe Lacasse and Serena San Cartier split the scoring with four goals apiece.

Not much closer on Sunday as the Canadians hit double digits, blasting Newmarket United 11-3 behind a six goal effort from Lacasse. San Cartier added a hat trick while Karolyne Blain and Ashley Melnek chip in with a goal apiece as Sudbury improves their record to 5-1. That marks gives the team sole possession of first place in the OWSL Central Region U-21 division, althogh Unionville-Milliken remains just three points back with a game in hand.

The Canadians will face the second place Strikers on the back end of a two game homestand on July 3rd and 4th, meeting up with the Barrie Spirit Saturday at 1:30 p.m. before going toe to toe with Unionville Milliken Sunday at 11:00 a.m. - both games are slated for the Laurentian University soccer pitch.

Sudbury Panhellenic Storm U16 Girls

Just a single game weekend for the Panhellenic Storm, who made it three straight home games picking up a least a point, holding on for a 2-2 tie with Oshawa Turul. Sudbury started out like gangbusters, building up a 2-0 lead at the half thanks to a pair of goals from Tiana Faubert. But credit the Oshawa side for maintaining, and perhaps even increasing the pace as Turul attacked throughout the second half, earning a draw in the process.

A third straight weekend at home sees Panhellenic hosting Etobicoke and Richmond Hill on June 25/26th before taking a couple of weeks off to rest the walking wounded before seeing action once again.

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