NORTH DURHAM: The season has just begun and already we have a team of champions.
The U14 girls team competed in the always difficult, Peterborough Soccer Tournament over the weekend and dominated from their first game all the way to winning the final match against host Peterborough.
The girls drew one game and won all the others on their way to the trophy, as they relied on determined forwards, hard-working midfielders, relentless defence and courageous goalkeeping. The team, nicknamed the Stingers, sponsored by Silvermoon Masonry Ltd. As head coach Rob Magnante said, "The girls played with determination, skill and tactics, but above all they played as a team". A great job by the young players, the coaches and parents are very proud of all of you.
Two more NDUFC teams entered the Peterborough Soccer Festival and did a fine job, as the U10 and U12 girls played extraordinary soccer while having a fun time. The U16 boys competed in the Stratford Tournament over the weekend and were up against clubs from higher levels and against players that were 1 or 2 years older than the boys in gold. The team lost just one game in the preliminary and made it all the way to the semi-finals, where they lost a close game 2-0 against powerhouse Kitchener.
Parents and players enjoyed a fun weekend including swimming, a team dinner and more laughs than at a comedy show. This came after the boys tied Cavan 2-2 in their season opener earlier in the week.
Goals by Liam Wilks and Carter Cannon along with brilliant goalkeeping by David Hooper, helped the team get a great start for the season.
Other games this past week saw the U13G go to Cavan, also, and come back with a 3-1 victory with goals by Jessica Thomson, Nikki Stewart and Paige Deneve. The U16G picked up a hard-fought tie in Oshawa, with goals coming from Carley Brawn and Abigail MacDonald. A 2-2 result was earned by the U16B against Unionville on Saturday. Maxwell Turner and Quinton Hudgins scored goals, while all the young men worked hard throughout a physical and competitive game.
Canada's Women's National soccer team played a friendly game against Brazil last weekend and were off from their usual top-notch play in losing 2-0.
The game was held at BMO Stadium down by the Exhibition grounds and the nearly 29,000 fans came out to watch, as both teams prepare for the Olympic Games in Rio.