NORTH DURHAM: The soccer season is now getting into summer, which means extra challenges for coaches and players.
The heat of July, combined with family vacations, are always issues that our teams face and work through, as the kids show their competitive spirit each time out.
The U13 Girls romped over their opponents from Peterborough last week, with a convincing 8-1 victory. The goal scoring was spread out between six players, with a pair coming from G Anderson and H Neale. Single markers were provided by J Thomson, N Stewart, H Doyle and B Hackner, as the well-rounded win vaulted the club into 3rd place in their division.
The U16 Boys dropped an evenly played cup game, to York Region powerhouse KNSC 4-2. The NDUFC boys, most playing against competition 1 or 2 years older, went toe to toe for the whole evening.
The best player on the pitch for either side was North Durham's Gibson Baird. Young Gibby provided both goals for the boys in gold, with a powerful header and a solo burst, that saw him beat 4 defenders and calmly put the ball into the back of the net.
The back four were terrific all game, as was keeper David Hoover who also had a strong match. The coaches were very proud of the team, as I'm sure the parents were.
TFC is struggling through the MLS schedule, without their starting keeper, captain, power forward and top Canadian.
This is where their ability, to produce home-grown Canadian players, will make or break the next six weeks or so.
Scheduled is the Final four in the Euro's, with Portugal up against hard-working Wales, and host France playing the always organized German team.
I would like to hear from coaches/managers on the younger teams, with any news on games or fun events, that involve their teams. Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org