Ajax United Strikers Capture Second Consecutive Title at the 2nd Annual
Kick 4 The Cure Women’s Indoor Soccer Tournament
(in support of breast cancer research)
SCARBOROUGH, April 23, 2007 – At the beginning of Sunday’s championship final for the Second Annual Kick 4 The Cure Women’s Indoor Soccer Tournament, organizers knew one thing — they were going to crown a team nicknamed Strikers as champions. However, what they didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know was whether that team’s name would begin with Ajax United or Scarborough United.
The Ajax United Strikers came into the tournament as defending champions, returning with essentially the same line-up which won the first edition of “Kick 4 The Cure” in 2006. They looked to be on solid footing from the outset, compiling a record of three wins against no losses in round-robin play, shutting out their opponents 11-0.
Their perfect record easily resulted in the Strikers capturing first place in Group A and a berth in the semi-finals.
Not to be outdone, the Scarborough United Strikers were thrashing their way through Group B as a one solid, collective unit, winning all three of their round-robin matches while amassing a 10-0 goals for/goals against ratio. Their unblemished record put them into the semi-finals as well.
In rematches of the 2006 semi-finals, Ajax United met St. Leonard of Montreal (winners of Group C) and Scarborough United took to the field in their unique hot pink jerseys for a match against the Scarborough United Panthers (runners-up in Group C and recipients of a wild card entry to the playoff round).
Their 2006 semi-final saw St. Leonard shut out by Ajax United 4-0. This year, St. Leonard managed to finally score a goal in playoff action against Ajax United but still came up short, losing 3-1. Sara Dimaulo scored the lone St. Leonard marker while Janet Sury, Chantal Malcolm and Amanda Maclean replied for Ajax.
Meanwhile, right next door on the Scarborough Soccer Centre’s other field, the Strikers shut out the Panthers for the second consecutive year in semi-final action by a score of 2-0, up from 1-0 in 2006. Sandra Ferreira scored both goals for the Strikers while Kim Lee was recording her fourth shutout of the tournament.
So, it was on to the final for the S.U. Strikers but their unblemished record came to a crashing halt as Soula Fradelos scored her fourth and fifth goals in five games to lead Ajax United to a 4-1 victory. Sury and Malcolm once again found the net to round out the Ajax scoring. Shannon Ferreira provided Scarborough with its lone goal.
Sury and Ferreira were awarded special pink game balls provided by UMBRO as their teamsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ respective players of the match.
However, the big winner of the day was the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Ontario Chapter, which will receive a cheque for more than $15,000 from Kick 4 The Cure to put towards breast cancer research. That is more than double the amount raised in 2006 and far beyond tournament organizersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ expectations of $10,000.
Contributing to the increase in money raised was an initiative by tournament organizers to ask that each individual player bring in at least $25 in pledges in addition to the team’s entry fee of $275.
Results of the new idea were terrific as thousands of dollars in pledges were brought in by individual players.
The number one fundraiser turned out to be Chantal Malcolm of the Ajax Strikers, who by day is a teacher at Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby. Students at the Grade 6-12 school raised $900 for the physical education/French teacher while her fellow staff members contributed another $300.
Pat Ready, coach of the Scarborough United Warriors (who competed in the tournament’s Group A) brought in more than $470 in pledges for the second-highest total.
St. Leonard’s Patty Tummillo of Laval, Quebec provided the third-greatest amount of pledges as family and friends sponsored her to the tune of $285.
The largest amount of pledge monies from any one team came from the Ajax United Strikers who, as a group, were able to hand over more than $2,000.
Tournament organizers Jace Prohaska, Tiffany Woolford and Stephanie Cvik wish to thank all of the volunteers, including the referees, who waive their regular fees in order to help out the tournament.
They would also like to say a special thank you to Mark Brogno from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for his guidance and assistance in making the tournament possible.
The Kick 4 The Cure Women’s Indoor Soccer Tournament is also proud to count Admiral Canada, BMW Canada, Canadian Tire, Enterprise Car Rentals, Ganong, Java Joe’s Coffee Shop, Kernels Popcorn, MAC Cosmetics, Revlon, Rogers Sportsnet, the Scarborough Soccer Referees Association, the Scarborough Indoor Soccer League, the Scarborough Soccer Association, the Scarborough Soccer Centre, Umbro Canada and Wilson Trophy Company Inc. amongst its various sponsors.
For further information regarding the tournament, contact:
Tiffany Woolford, Scarborough Soccer Association
45 Fairfax Crescent
Scarborough, ON, M1L 1Z6
Tel: 416-285-8002, ext. 27 Ã¢Ë†â„¢ Fax: 416-759-9875
Website: www.ssasoccer.net and follow the links.
To speak with a representative of the Ajax United Strikers, please contact:
Sara Slater at 905-767-2446 or email email@example.com.
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