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 SDSC (Sudbury District Soccer Club) U18 Girls could not have asked for a much better summer to finish off their careers in the local minor soccer ranks.
Coach Brian Coufal and company followed up a runner-up finish in the CGSL (Central Girls Soccer League) Cup competition, by laying claim to the league crown on the weekend.
The locals picked up a critical 3-1 win on Saturday, on the road, over the Pickering Power, closing off the regular season with a 2-0 whitewash of Glen Shields Futbol Club the very next day.
Strikes by Chelsea Sargeant, Brianna Scarfone and Emily Taylor showed the way in game one, with Sargeant adding another pair of tallies on Sunday, while Josée Scott recorded the shutout.
When the dust settled, the Sudbury crew, which had reeled off seven straight wins to finish their schedule, topped the standings with a record of 7-0-2, good for 23 points, just one ahead of Pickering at 7-1-1.
The SDSC U18 Girls roster included Josée Scott, Trinity Desjardins, Shannon Villeneuve, Morgan Melnek, Kayleigh Coufal, Brianna Scarfone, Emma McDougall, Madison Pincivero, Emily Taylor, Lina Audet, Courtney Ferguson, Kiara Parry, Chelsea Sargeant, Jamila Sargeant and Miranda Zilkowsky.*********************
The GSSC (Greater Sudbury Soccer Club) Impact U15 Boys managed to score just two more goals than their opponents over the course of their four games at the Woolwich Invitational Soccer Tournament in Waterloo last weekend, but that would be just enough to claim the championship banner.
The northern crew kicked things off with back to back draws, finishing deadlocked at 1-1 with the Brampton Blast before engaging in a scoreless tie with the host Woolwich Wolf Pack.
Needing a win to claim a berth in the final, the Impact received a late goal from Luca Nardi, edging Owen Sound United 2-1. Making it this far, the Sudbury squad opted to complete their journey in style, blanking Woolwich 1-0 and enjoying their Sunday trek home.
Joining Nardi on the scoresheet for Sudbury were Keenan Rocca, Cameron Boland and Lucas Oliveira, while keeper Nolan Berthelette was rock solid, allowing just two goals against in four games.
The balance of the GSSC Impact U15 boys team is comprised of Mohammad Qarqouz, Dario Bejo, Jacob Socransky, Andrew Varghese, Andrew Prince, Ryan Teddy, Kendyn Mashinter, Aiden Ragogna, Riley Bruni, as well as coaches Joe Snofl, John Hick, Nick Walker and Connor Vande Weghe.********************
Overall, the weekend was a good one for Sudbury soccer, as most of the remaining rep teams enjoyed a measure of success on the road, some more than others. The Sudbury (SDSC) Rocks U15 Girls posted a two win weekend, extending their regular season unbeaten string to seven games.
The Rocks doubled the Oshawa Kicks 4-2 and slipped past King United 2-1, snapping a stretch where the Sudbury crew registered four consecutive ties. The victories vaulted coach Marilyn Bodson and company into the middle of the pack in the 16-team CGSL Under-15 division, their record of 3-2-4 good enough for eighth place overall.
Ariane Saumure powered the Rocks' offense on Saturday, burying a hat trick, with Jordin Rancourt adding a solo tally. Saumure was in fine form again some 24 hours later, recording both goals opposite King United.
A somewhat similar story for the Sudbury (GSSC) Impact U18 Boys, earning a tie and a win on a weekend visit to the GTA. The team started off with a 2-2 affair with Darlington S.C., knocking off the Whitby Iroquois 4-2 on Sunday.
Accumulating points in both games, the Impact have risen into a tie for fifth place in the standings - the CSL U18 Division includes 15 teams in total - as coach Nick Mancini and company have now improved to 6-1-4 on the summer.
Finally, a very frustrating sequence of games ended on Saturday for the Sudbury (GSSC) Impact U21 Men in Markham. After suffering four consecutive losses in OSL (Ontario Soccer League) play recently, the Impact recorded their second win of the season, to go along with five ties, edging Markham SC 1-0.
"We played a hard game against Markham, and relied on Shawn Wilcox (goal scorer) and Connor Vande Weghe (keeper) to pull out a win for us," noted Sudbury head coach Andy Veilleux. "Connor was exceptional for us with the clean sheet."
"Shawn scored a typically solid goal with a very calm finish under pressure. It was a makeshift back line, but they performed admirably," added Veilleux. "It was a great confidence booster going into our final games."
Unfortunately, the Impact could not duplicate the achievement on Sunday, trimmed 2-1 by the Whitby Iroquois. The Sudbury record now stands at 2-6-5, with every single one of the six losses highlighted by a single goal differential.
The U21 team is back in action at home on Saturday, welcoming Kleinburg Nobleton Soccer Club to the James Jerome Complex for a 1:00 p.m. match. The lads close off the season eight days later on the road, battling Wexford Hi-Profile.********************
One other piece of local soccer news to share, as Sudbury official Peter Trainor has been selected to officiate the Sportcheck National Club Championships in October. Trainor will be part of the crew that works the U18 nationals in Vaughan, with New Brunswick and Alberta hosting the U14's and U16's respectively.
Appointed by the OSA (Ontario Soccer Association) for this most recent assignment, Trainor has also handled center duties in OFSSA gold medal games the past two years, and will travel to Mississauga for the Ontario Summer Games next week.********************
At Home: Sudbury (SDSC) Royals U14-G vs Collingwood - Sat., August 13th at 2:00 p.m. at Delki Dozzi; Sun., August 14th - 10:00 a.m. at Queen's
At Home: Sudbury (SDSC) Rocks U15-G vs Vaughan - Sat., August 13th - 1:00 p.m.; vs King United - Sun., August 14th - 2:00 p.m. - both games at Queen's
At Home: Sudbury (GSSC) Impact U18-B vs King City - Sat., August 13th - 3:00 p.m. at James Jerome; vs Sporting - Sun., August 14th - 12:00 p.m. at Queen's
At Home: Sudbury (GSSC) Impact U21-M vs KNSC Lions - Sat., August 13th - 1:00 p.m. at James Jerome
On the Road - Sudbury (SDSC) Celtics U17 Boys @ Vaughan on August 13th; vs York Jets on August 14th
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