VAUGHAN, ON â€“ The Ontario U16 Girls Team returned undefeated from their 2012 March Break training and exhibition game tour in Spain from March 17th to 27th.
The Ontario U16 Girls played 4 international matches against Spanish teams located in and around Barcelona.
March 20 — Ontario 1 v 0 FC Barcelona
The Under 16 Girls Ontario Provincial Team defeated FC Barcelona in a thrilling spectacle of soccer .
Player of the Match Ashley Moreira scored the lone goal of the game when she slotted home a wonderful through-pass from Emma Pozzulo at the 4-minute mark of the first half. Her top corner strike from 18 yards out left the Barcelona Goalkeeper helpless.
From that point forward, FC Barcelona did everything in their power to try and draw even. Barcelona tried tirelessly to dictate the flow of the game, but the U16 Provincial Girls organization proved to be too strong and they were able to disrupt any attacks they attempted.
The goalkeeping tandem of Miranda Horn and Katie McCormick shut down all Barcelona’s attempts on goal as the game wore on and FC Barcelona pushed more players forward.
Katie McCormick made a great second half save to preserve the shut-out.
Along with the strong performance from their goalkeepers, Ontario’s defensive line led by Rio Speller was impenetrable.
Head coach Joe Nucifora had nothing but praise for his players efforts and performance.
"I would like to congratulate our girls on their overall team performance and effort which was outstanding ", said coach Nucifora.
Fresh off their strong performance, the U16 Girls Provincial Team faced L’Estartit in their second of three games in three days.
March 21 â€“ Ontario 4 v 0 Lâ€™Estarit
The Under 16 Girls Ontario Provincial Team continued on their great performance from last evening, handily beating Spanish side L’Estartit 4-0.
For the second game in a row, Ontario’s goalkeepers shut out their opposition. In this game Katie McCormick and Laura Dougall combined for 90 minutes of scoreless action.
The back four of Katherine Koehler-Grassau, Alicia Levy, Emily Goldasic and Jordin Lundin anchored another strong performance on defence and limited the opposition to 3 strikes on goal in 90 minutes of play.
On the attacking side of the game, Kasia Bak opened the scoring at 45 minutes on a long-range strike from center midfield. Up to that point Ontario had carried the play but failed to capitalize on their numerous scoring opportunities.
In the second half, Ontario’s fresh players proved to be too much for L’Estartit as Andrea Petrina slotted home two goals the the 64 and 73-minute marks and Adrianna Currie added the coup de grÃ¢ce at 71 minutes.
Of note in this game was that Ontario’s overlapping fullbacks were able to create numerous scoring opportunities.
After the game, Head Coach Joe Nucifora was very pleased with the team`s performance only 22 hours after defeating Spanish giants FC Barcelona.
Ontario looked to continue their streak of 170 shut-out minutes in their match versus St. Gabriel next evening in Barcelona.
March 23 â€“ Ontario 3 v 2 St. Gabriel
The Under 16 Girls Ontario Provincial Team defeated St. Gabriel of Barcelona 3-2 in front of 150 local fans.
The victory marked the third win in a row against Spanish competition in three days.
The scoring began 2 minutes into the match when an errant pass ended up falling to St. Gabriel`s left winger who was able to beat Ontario’s defenders and slot home the first goal of the game.
Ontario quickly responded with a flurry of goals when Andrea Petrina and Ocean Parr combined for 2 goals in the 4th and 7th minute of the first half.
Continuously pressuring St. Gabriel, Ontario was able to add another goal before the half when Ocean Parr scored her second goal of the game at the 36-minute mark.
In the second half, St. Gabriel turned up the heat and began sending more players forward in an attempt to try and close the score-line.
In the 60th minute, The #10 center forward for St. Gabriel`s center-forward stole a ball from Ontario defenders in front of the 18-yard box and hit the top corner to make the game 3-2 for Ontario.
The last 19 minutes proved to be very exciting and entertaining as St. Gabriel fought hard for the equalizer.
However. Ontario’s defensive organization stood firm and disrupted all of the St. Gabriel attacks to win the match 3-2.
The U16 Girls Ontario Provincial Team looked to win their 4th match in a row against U.E. VIC. to be played in the Spanish 3rd Division team U.E. VIC’s stadium.
The stadium is located an hour and a half outside of Barcelona and at an altitude of 700 metres, the highest altitude the Ontario Team has played in since they arrived in Spain.
March 26 â€“ Ontario 7 v 0 U.E. VIC
The Under 16 Girls Ontario Provincial Team finished their 2012 March Break training camp and exhibition game tour of Spain with their fourth straight win, defeating Spanish Club U.E. VIC 7-0.
The final game proved to be the most lopsided of the trip. The goals in this game were many and often.
The first goal began with a great Strike from Andrea Petrina in the 26th minute off an attacking free kick. Her bullet shot from 25 yards beat the VIC keeper cleanly.
Five minutes later, Ocean Parr scored a great goal off of a cross from the left wing delivered by attacking fullback Emily Goldasic. Goldasic’s cross resulted following a 40 yard overlapping run down the sideline.
Four minutes later In the 35th minute, Andrea Petrina scored her second of the game after receiving a great pass across the face of the goal from right winger Paige Barnes. This was Andrea’s second multiple goal game in the past week.
Going into the half, Ontario was firmly in control and looking to add to their goal totals in the second half.
At the half, coach Joe Nucifora made 6 substitutions which ended up having a big impact on the game.
Defenders Rio Speller, Jordin Lundin and Daniela Del ‘Aquila entered the game and joining them were center mid-fielders Ashley Moreira, Emma Lindblad and striker Ronnie Johnson.
The substitutes had an immediate impact five minutes into the second half when Ashley Moreira added to Ontario`s goal tally by notching another great goal.
Ontario`s dominance continued as 3 more goals followed from Adrianna Currie (74 min), Ronnie Johnson (75 min) and Paige Barnes (79 min).
The three Ontario Goalkeepers split the final game and recorded their third shut out in 4 matches.
Miranda Horn, Katie McCormick and Laura Dougall combined for a total of 250 shut-out minutes in 4 games. In their final match, these keepers` stellar play was responsible for stopping 2 first half break-aways and preserving their shut-out.
In 4 matches, the U16 Girls Ontario Provincial Team combined for a total of 15 goals for while conceding only 2 against.
Reported by Jamie Teixeira, Assistant Coach
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