A fairly successful season came to a close Sunday for the Panhellenic Storm U-16 girls, but not before the team showcased their talent one last time. The Sudbury crew advanced to the CGSL (Central Girls Soccer League) Cup final on Saturday, bouncing Unionville-Milliken 5-1 before falling in the championship encounter, dropping a 2-1 decision to Richmond Hill.
Scoring twice in the opening eight minutes, Panhellenic quickly grabbed the momentum Saturday, building up a 4-0 lead by half time. "We came out flying, and once we were up by a few goals, they just sort of folded," said coach Kevin Roach. The Storm were paced by a two goal effort from Tiana Faubert, with Maddy Pos, Emma Persi and Jassell James netting one goal apiece.
With fullback Jenna Hellstrom sidelined with an injury, the Storm welcomed the services of striker Kara Lloyd for the weekend double header. On Sunday, Richmond Hill built up a 2-0 lead before Stefanie Vallee narrowed the gap to one with a second half marker - but that was as close as Sudbury could get, settling for Silver in the season-ending competition.
In other local soccer news, the confusion over the status of which teams exactly should be playing in the "Challenge Matches" has opened the door for a pair of local teams. The Valley East '98 Girls and Panhellenic Spitfire '95 Boys will play in the CGSL and CSL (Central Soccer League) respectively in the summer of 2011, a decision reached by the board of the Ontario Soccer Association over the weekend.
The exemption to allow the teams to advance, along with a handful of others from Northern Ontario, was granted for a one year period only as the OSA looks to clarify the definition of their ruling pertaining to "challenge playoff games".
This will bring to three the number of local teams taking part in either CSL or CGSL competition at the moment, as well as the presence of at least one ladies team in OWSL play next year.