This past weekend, the U12F team played at the Jean Mantha tournament (August 5-7), organized by the MRO Soccer Club. This year’s edition included more than 140 youth teams. The Westmount Team picked up the Silver medal in their division.
We played our first match at College Notre Dame on Friday evening and kept on playing until Sunday afternoon in the final! We played a total of 6 matches in less than 48 hours, in the heat of summer, without subs! Also, one of our performers was Julia, our U10 call-up, who played her heart out!
Despite the difficult conditions, we won 3 out of 4 pool matches, beating Dollard, MRO U12 and MRO U11. We suffered one loss to Hudson St Lazare. With these results, we finished third out of seven teams in the group, and qualified for the semifinals. On Sunday morning we played the semi-final versus FS Salaberry. We were down 0-1 at halftime, but managed to tie the match with 4 minutes remaining on a beautiful goal by Sofia. Scarlett scored the clutch winner in the first overtime period. We then kept a very good Salaberry team at bay until the final whistle. To everyone’s great joy, we were off to the final!
Later that afternoon, we played the final at CEPSUM versus Hudson St. Lazarre, who had beaten us 0-6 the previous day in the pool match. The girls were determined to give as good as they got from the bigger more physical opponents and to win. During the first half, against the wind, we were disciplined and did not allow many chances. We were dangerous on the counter attack and came close on two occasions. At the end of the first half the score was 0-0, but fatigue was beginning to set in. At the start of the second half, Hudson were unable to gain any chances until they finally broke through, scoring when one of our players was injured on the field. We conceded again a few minutes later on an unfortunate own goal from a missed clearance. Down 0-2 and with time running out, we desperately pushed for a goal leaving gaps in the back. We conceded a third goal on a counter attack. The game ended 0-3. The girls took great pride in their performance, and with heads held high they congratulated their opponents.
During the entire weekend, our girls showed a great deal of courage and determination. They played through fatigue, pain and injury. They came a long way together during 48 hours! They proved to themselves that they can beat any opponent as along as they believe in each other and play as a team. We should all be very proud of them! They fought and earned every ounce of their medals! Well done!
The team would like to thank coaches Salim and Juan-Carlos for their leadership, direction and enthusiasm throughout the tournament.
• Katie sadly played her last game with us on Friday. Her family is moving to Vancouver. She even scored a goal for good measure! We will all miss her! This medal was for you Katie!
• Sofia scored a whopping 13 goals, even scoring as many as 6 goals in one game!
• Scarlett and Alexia were tireless in the middle of the field and on the wings, defending and covering spaces wherever needed. Scarlett scored 4 goals to boot!
• Sarah and Julia, the youngest and smallest players on the field played hard, ran up and down the field and fearlessly tackled players that were sometimes twice their size. They never backed away!
• Océane, Jasmine, Kemi and Clara, our defensive unit became better, stronger (and meaner!) with every game. Great to watch!
• Maddie is learning and improving rapidly. She earned her first shutout as a Warrior, a 6-0 win against Dollard. She also stopped a penalty kick in another match!
• A big thanks to the parents for your support! We loved hearing your loud cheers and chants!! It gave our girls the courage to keep on going.
We look forward to what lies ahead
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