OSHAWA, ON — Durham College in Oshawa was the venue for the Under 13 and Under 15 Provincial Futsal Championships this past weekend, February 25th and 26th. This year marks the seventh year of the Tournament and the skill level of the competing teams was exceptional. Four Ontario Futsal Cups were presented to teams from Unionville Milliken, Whitby, Mississauga and Ottawa.
Under 13 Girls
After round robin play on Saturday, two Unionville Milliken Soccer Club teams advanced to the Final on Sunday. The Unionville Milliken Red and Unionville Milliken Black finished 1 and 2 respectively and had one more game to win before they could claim provincial glory.
The Final started out with the Red team scoring two goals first in convincing fashion and the team looked to be unbeatable in the opening minutes, however, the Black team came back with two goals of its own to level the game. At the end of the first half, it was 3-2 for the Red team. The second half was well paced. The Red team opened the second half with another goal, making it 4-2. Another goal was added 10 minutes into the second half to make the score 5-2. With four minutes to go in the game, the Black team attempted to come back with another goal, but could not catch the Red team.
In the end, it was the Unionville Milliken Red team that would wear the gold medals and take the Provincial Trophy home. Goal scorers for the Black team were Victoria Conforti (2) and Sarit Winstok. The Red team goal scorers were Julia Listro (2), Vital Kats, Alexis Fortune and Kathaleen Casteneda.
Under 13 Boys
In Under 13 Boys action, the Whitby Iroquois cruised to the Finals by winning all four of their round robin games. Richmond Hill Raiders also dominated its group to earn a spot against Whitby.
In the Final, Whitby Iroquois continued its winning ways coming out on top of a 2 – 0 score line. However, the first goal of the game did not come until there were just nine minutes left in the game. With Whitby hitting the post early and its goalkeeper stopping shots, Richmond Hill Raiders still poured on the pressure, but to no avail. Both sides showed their passion for futsal with superb defending and quick passing. A goal line save by Whitby’s keeper denied Richmond Hill a goal while the Richmond Hill keeper stopped a penalty kick in the last minute of play in the first half.
In the second half, good defence and near misses were the story for much of the play, until Whitby’s Kyle Humby notched one for his team. Whitby’s Carver Grenon also netted one in the dying seconds of the game. Whitby Iroquois would be handed the Provincial Title at the end of the game.
Under 15 Girls
The Under 15 Girls division wrapped up play on Saturday with the Woodrbridge Strikers ’98 claiming top spot in the group. North Mississauga Panthers squeaked in with on a high goal difference to take a shot at Woodbridge in the Finals.
In the Final, North Mississauga came out running and quickly took the lead four minutes into the game when Selena Benvenuto took a hard shot after a defensive give away by Woodbridge. The Woodbridge keeper kept her team in the game with a brilliant save on a North Mississauga breakaway ten minutes later. However, North Mississauga was able to add a second goal before the half as Jandu Gurjeena found the net. Woodbridge eventually cut the lead in half with a goal by Nadya Gill.
The crowd was roaring, the game became more intense and Woodbridge was pressing for the equalizer. With just over ten minutes left in the game and North Mississauga over its foul limit, there was no room for error. The final score was North Mississauga 2, Woodbridge Strikers 1. The North Mississauga Panthers would claim its second Provincial Championship this season, winning both the Ontario Indoor Cup in January and today, the Ontario Futsal Cup.
Under 15 Boys
The Under 15 Boys Final featured the West Ottawa Soccer Chaos and the Erin Mills 1997 B Eagles who came out of Saturday’s round robin action first and second respectively.
Less than two minutes into the game, West Ottawa Soccer Chaos opened the scoring off a blasting free kick from Ben Ivory. West Ottawa’s Troy Valters then scored his first of four as his team jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. Valters notched his second of the game with eight minutes to go in the first half. Erin Mills then called a time out to rally the troops and came back on the pitch attacking. In the last second of the half, Erin Mills’ Dante Brown scored a buzzer beating goal to put his team on the scoreboard.
The score at half was 3-1. It did not take long though, for Troy Valters to score his third just 40 seconds into the second half. Midway through the second half, for the fourth time in the game, Valters added to the Chaos tally making it 5-1. Erin Mills was still pressing though, and Dante Brown netted his second of the game. Nevertheless, West Ottawa would add one more with a goal by Alexander Sorrini off a free kick.
Time ran out for Erin Mills and the final score was 6-2 for West Ottawa Soccer Chaos. The Chaos will take the Ontario Futsal Cup back to Ottawa as Provincial Champions.
For more information contact Robyn McComb / OSA
Photos by Luiza Baker
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