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Sauve hits the mark for Impact U21 men

The clock might well be ticking on the summer of soccer for many different groups, but it turns out that there is still plenty to play for when it comes to the majority of these teams.

As of last weekend, the GSSC (Greater Sudbury Soccer Club) Impact U21 men still had their sights set on a possible promotion within the Ontario Soccer League, with a two game home sweep constituting an absolute necessity if there was any hope of keeping this dream alive.

Queen’s Athletic Field provided the setting for a pair of dominating performances, the Impact opening with a 3-0 win over the Whitby Iroquois, as keeper Kiel Cress recorded his first of two clean slates in the course of 24 hours.

Brendyn Sauve would join teammates Kevin Martin Rojas and Carver Grenon on the scoresheet, netting his very first goal of the year in the process. “I was relieved to finally get one,” noted the 21 year old graduate of Confederation Secondary. “I waited long enough in the season to get it. It’s nice to get the monkey off my back.”

“I got the ball at the top of the box and the defender came out to challenge me. I put it through his legs and as the goalie came out to challenge, I put it top corner.” Sauve is something of an anomaly, both as a member of the Impact crew, as well as the Cambrian Golden Shield squad with whom he is readying for year two of action.

A lifelong avid hockey talent, the multi-sport athlete had never, ever played competitive soccer prior to cracking an OCAA roster last fall. “It was tough for me to jump right in,” he said. “I played houseleague and was pretty much self-taught. This summer has definitely helped me with my conditioning, my confidence, and getting touches on the ball.”

Grenon and Sauve both found the back of the net again on Sunday, this time joined by Noah LaSorsa and Kristian Shuttleworth as the Impact blanked Richmond Hill 4-0. Unfortunately, a mid-week victory by FC Durham Academy means that the Sudbury lads will need to try and find a way to squeeze in as the best of the non-promoted teams, should one of the OSL entries opt not to move up a level come 2019.


The GSSC Impact U13 Girls were off to take part in the Ottawa Invitational Tournament last weekend, cruising through play on Saturday before facing a pair of highly competitive teams on Sunday.

Back to back 8-0 triumphs over both the Gloucester Hornets and Cumberland Cobras had the local crew feeling pretty good about themselves, but fully aware that the real challenges would be faced on day two.

Sure enough, it would take an absolutely picture perfect goal, with Sydney Coe setting up Kiara Levac, who nailed the top right pocket of the net, in order for the northern girls to capture their semi-final encounter, slipping past Aurora FC by a final score of 1-0.

Unfortunately, a 2-0 loss in the semi-finals would spell the end of their run, the Impact finding themselves on the wrong side of Lady Luck in the nation’s capital.


Closer to home, Sudburnia Soccer was wrapping up their season on three separate fronts, including the U18 Mixed Division, where the Lasalle Cougars demonstrated their impressive defensive acumen after just one minor slip up.

The Cougars opened double round robin play with a 1-1 draw versus Nickel Acme Printers, but closed off with a sweep of Galaxy (4-0, 1-0), a shutout of Nickel Acme (2-0), before closing the book on 2018 with a 3-0 whitewash of that very same opponent.

Though there was a little more unpredictability evident with the U18 Girls Division, the end result would still reward the squad best equipped to limit the goals against. Cooper Equipment Rental matched the Cougars, posting shutouts in four of their five games, a run that was capped off by a 3-0 decision over the Golden Eagles.

The Eagles were a bit of a surprise opponent in final, beaten twice by the Caruso Club in preliminary play (4-1, 1-0), but turning the tables with a 1-0 triumph in the Sunday semi-final.

Finally, the U14 Girls Division proved the most closely contested of the bunch, with the Strikers enjoying an undefeated run to their championship, but winning only one game by more than one goal. A 2-0-2 round robin mark included a pair of 1-1 ties, dead even against both the Wildcats and Team Fabio, and then slipping past the latter by a final count of 2-1 with gold medals on the line on Sunday.


Staying true to the theme of great defensive soccer, the GSSC Impact U15 Girls travelled to Newmarket last weekend, did not surrender a single goal in regulation time, and still were sent packing following a semi-final tournament loss.

At times, the Impact were able to sustain their dominance at both ends of the pitch, recording a pair of 5-0 victories. Grace Cranston scored four times and Allie Weiler added a solo strike as the Sudbury girls stopped Lake Simcoe in game one, with the scoring much more balanced in a game three win over the same opponent (Alexie Olivier-2, Cranston, Tessa Favero, Jayda Cacciotti).

The attack was somewhat more sporadic against Ottawa South United White Force, the teams playing to a pair of scoreless draws. That, apparently, set the stage for their outing against FC Durham Academy, as the Impact survived all the way through to penalty kicks, with nary a goal being scored, before falling 4-3 on penalty kicks.

The remainder of the team roster, which also featured keeper Michela Bussolaro, included Emily Binks, Mia Binks, Kianna D’Attilio, Nora Dzuirban, Sophie Greer-Borisko, Danika Lalonde, Kyra Mallory, Naïve McNamara, Mackenzie Roberts, Alena Smania, Jessy Trottier, Arijana Tuttle and Myla Weiman.

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