Special to The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: Two of the NDUFC Girls teams participated in the Frank Sobil Soccer Festival this past weekend in Oshawa, and came away with a great couple of games against tough opponents.
The U11 girls, coached by Myra Saunderson, went up against Barrie and the Richmond Hill Raiders, two teams that gave the local girls a tough test.
The U12 girls, coached by Paul Bussiere, had games versus Barrie and North Toronto Nitro. Both teams played hard and did a great job representing their club, coach and community. Due to the wet weather, tournament organizers were forced to change the venues from outdoor to artificial turf.
The boys tournament in Oshawa runs next weekend, with the regular season kicking off after that.
Schedules for the competitive teams are now posted and can be found on the DRSL website, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the goals of the North Durham United Soccer Club is to help with player development and encourage kids to play at the highest level they can, even if that means they leave the club for bigger centres, with higher leagues. There have been numerous kids who have gone on to play at top levels, after learning their skills locally, and there is news of yet another former player who has found big success.
Allie Shipp, who started playing in the Brock Soccer system and then went on to star for NDUFC, has been given an Offer To Play by the coaching staff at Texas A&M in Corpus Christi. The famous Division 1 Texas school had their coaches recruit Allie, after weeks of watching her play with her Texas Rush soccer club in Houston. Since she is still a junior at school, NCAA D1 rules stipulate she can't sign until her senior year. The national signing day will be Feb 1st, 2018. Congratulations to Allie, her dad Bryan, an original NDUFC board member, and mother Jill.
TFC are cruising through their schedule after a road win against Seattle; who beat the Reds in the finals last year, despite registering a single shot on net; while resting four of their regular starters.