What always seems like a long soccer season ahead, in the spring, has zipped by for the boys and girls representing the North Durham United Football Club, and it was a very successful one overall. Our competitive squads came away with league promotions, tournament hardware, individual stat leaders, and a DRSL league cup.
The U13 boys team were league leaders all year long, as they finished with 11 wins in 14 matches, to earn promotion.
Having Ethan Cannon and Matthew Gordon among the league leaders in scoring was a main reason for the team's success, along with keeper Scott Miner, who was second in shutouts through the year.
Coach Ferraro's young men finished a +33 in goal differential, which is a remarkable stat.
Our U13 girls were in every game they played, going 8-6-1 and achieved a well deserved third spot in the final standings.
Goalie Kiri De Ville was a standout for the girls, finishing second in clean sheets, during the regular season.
As the most successful NDUFC team this year, coach Beth Murray's U14 girls came away with a slew of hardware, during the 2017 outdoor season.
The girls won a silver medal in tournament play, were second place finishers in league play, dropping just one game all year, and were winners of the League Cup, for a trifecta of success on the year.
Special recognition for an MVP worthy goalkeeping performance, by Faith Smith all year long, as the young lady finished at the top of the shutout leader board, and was a reliable and strong last line of defense for the dominant U14 girls.
As one of the veteran and historically winning teams that compete for the North Durham club, coach Rob's U15 girls completed another awesome soccer season, with their trademark relentless play.
The girls finished in the middle of a tough league, despite losing a handful of players from last year's championship group.
Coach Mark Cole has been a head coach since the onset of the NDUFC, and is a legend among his Durham soccer peers. His U17 boys played their traditional physical, spirited, and "all for one and one for all" style in every game; regardless of the final score. The boys also enjoyed success at their Ottawa tournament with a silver medal.
Utica native Liam Wilks was a powerhouse on offense, finishing as a top five goal scorer and providing solid defending all season. Manchester's own David Hoover finished second in shutouts, despite playing a handful of games as a defender, midfielder, and forward. Although the league doesn't award a league MVP, relentless Gibson Baird would easily be among the short list of contenders for such a recognition, as the young midfielder was a major force every minute he was on the field.
A big thanks, to all the sponsors, coaches, managers, volunteers, parents, and all the players. I am a hockey guy, like many who live in North Durham, but there is nothing like watching our soccer playing youth compete against much larger clubs from Durham Region and across Ontario, and succeed in both results and honest efforts.
Tryouts for the 2018 outdoor season begin on the weekend of Sept 23rd and 24th. For information on where and when, please go to the club's website, at northdurhamunited.com, or if you have any questions, please email info@NorthDurhamUnited.com anytime.
I am also always happy to answer anything soccer related, about the NDUFC, DRSL, or our local house league clubs.
Finally, I want to thank this great hometown paper for giving me the opportunity to write about our proud local rep club, and about soccer, the world's most popular sport.