KEM CEHAJIC Special to The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: I took a half-time break last week but am happy to catch you all up on our local rep. soccer scene, as the dedicated girls and boys continue representing all of North Durham, playing competitive soccer against teams from Cobourg to Ajax and from Toronto to Barrie.
The U13 girls, sponsored by Family Worship Centre, went north, for their game against Lake Simcoe SC, and came away with a hard earned 1-1 draw. Scoring for NDUFC was Paige Deneve, and great team defense was supplied from the keeper and defenders. The team currently sits 4th in their large division and show no slowing in their climb through the standings.
The already successful season for the U14 girls, who compete in the U15 division, looks to continue, as they prepare for their Cup Final against Peterborough. The game will be held at either a home field in Port Perry or Uxbridge, on Saturday, August 13th, with the kickoff at 7 p.m.
Coach Rob and the rest, of the Silvermoon Masonry Ltd sponsored group, would appreciate local support for this match. I can tell you that, you won't see a harder working and yet smiling group of soccer players as this bunch of athletes.
As soon as the venue is confirmed, I will let you know.
The U16 boys headed east to Cobourg, for their game against Northumberland United. Due to vacations/injuries and illness, the boys only had 11 players available, to play the 11 positions on the field in the heat for 90 minutes.
Despite the odds, against getting a result on this evening, the boys dug deep and came away with an impressive 1-0 victory. Many of the boys played in unfamiliar positions but worked together in shutting down the opposition, getting rewarded with a goal in the dying minutes of the game, as Uxbridge native Alistair "Sure Foot" Scott buried the winner just inside the far post.
David Hoover of Prince Albert and Zach Harrison of Port Perry combined, for the clean sheet, with help from a fast-footed and aggressive defense; which included, Nathan DeVos-Dunn of Lindsay, Gibson Baird of Seagrave, Daniel Cehajic of Epsom and Owen Collins of Uxbridge.
The club, generously sponsored by the Trading Post, moved up in their division as they sit in 4th spot.
The NDUFC is preparing for the annual Festival that will take place for the younger teams, as they compete against familiar and new opponents.
Saturday Sept 10 will see the girls' Festival take place in Port Perry, with the boys hitting the field in Uxbridge on Sunday Sept 11.
The two days promise to have a lot of different fun events taking place and will be a great weekend for all the visitors, players and parents.
For more information, check out the club's website at northdurhamunited.ca, and you can find contact details for anything from the Festival to club news.
Coaches/managers, send me your team news or photo at firstname.lastname@example.org, by 6 p.m. on Sunday.
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