NORTH DURHAM: The first full week of June was a busy one for the North Durham United Football Club teams, as the soccer season is in full flight.
The younger boys and girls can be seen on the fields in Uxbridge and Port Perry, working on their skills in practice, as they prepare for their respective upcoming festivals. The same goes for the older kids as their teams are well into league play, along with tournaments and impending cup matches this month.
The U14 girls, coming off a fantastic tournament win in Peterborough, continued their strong play with a 3-2 road victory against a very good Peterborough Boom club. Scoring for the gold & black were Ericka Vanhezewijk with a pair and Brooklyn Vera with the other, putting the NDUFC team in a tie for first place in the U15 division. The U18 boys played a great game against Ajax FC last week, but came up just short in a 3-2 final. A late goal was the difference in a very evenly played game that saw goals by Keegan Mulroy and Matt Civello for the home-side North Durham team. The results have been tough to come by this year for the club's most senior team, but every game is a battle and the scores will turnaround for this hard working and proud group.
Another great result was achieved by the always relentless U16 boys, who hosted Northumberland United last week at the Scugog Soccer Fields. The boys, sponsored by The Trading Post, dominated most of the night and earned a 3-0 victory with a total team performance from beginning to end. Griffin Anderson, Carter Cannon and Gibson Baird found the back of the net with the shutout provided by a steady David Hoover. All 17 players came out to play on this windy and wet evening, and the victory vaults the club into a tie for first place in the league. A special mention to forward Owen Collins who played a strong game, and despite being two years younger than most of his opponents on the field, competed hard for every ball and created havoc for the other team's defense.
Great results for Canada's men's and women's national teams last week with wins for both of them. The women beat Brazil 1-0 on a last second goal in Ottawa and the men were 2-1 winners over Uzbekistan in a game played over in Austria. Toronto FC got past Montreal 4-2, on aggregate, to get into the 2nd stage of Cup play. The team will face Vancouver in the finals of the Canadian portion, with the winner going into the CONCACAF portion later in the year.