VAUGHAN, July 26, 2012 — The Ontario Cup presented by Boston Pizza had its first set of Finals this past Sunday in the Under 18 Boys and Girls, and in the Under 21 Men’s and Women’s divisions. Despite the heat, all eight teams gave everything they had in hopes of hoisting the coveted Ontario Cup trophy. In the end, four teams dug a little deeper and were declared Ontario Cup Champions!
Under 18 Girls
In the first of today’s Ontario Cup Finals, Oakville GU18 A took on Vaughan Azzurri 94 at 10:00 am. Oakville’s #6 Nicole Zajac got her team on the board in the 18th minute by converting a beautiful cross into the back of the net.
Vaughan came close to equalizing in the 25th minute with #7 Danya Fenech ringing one off of the post. Both teams had chances, but the first half ended with Oakville up 1-0. The intensity picked up significantly in the second half and the crowd responded accordingly. There were great scoring chances at both ends of the pitch, but both goalkeepers stood tall and kept their teams in the game. In the end, Oakville would hang on for the 1-0 victory. The Boston Pizza Player of the Game for the runner up Vaughan Azzurri was #7 Danya Fenech, who outplayed her counterparts in the midfield all game. The Boston Pizza Player of the Game for the provincial champion Oakville Girls was goal scorer #6 Nicole Zajac. Congratulations to the Oakville GU18 A, the Under 18 Girls Ontario Cup Champions!
Under 18 Boys
In the second of today’s Ontario Cup Finals, Mississauga Clarkson SC faced off against Kleinburg Nobleton Lions Blue at 12:30 pm. Both teams came out flying, with Kleinburg looking like the hungrier team. In the 20th minute Kleinburg’s #22 Phil Balke rung one off the crossbar, and in the 29th minute #8 Niklas Bauer narrowly missed the top corner with a blistering shot off the post. Clarkson picked up their intensity and were rewarded with a goal by #10 Cristian Cavallini, putting his team ahead 1-0 at the half time break. The pace of the game began to slow in the second half, as teams began to feel the heat. Kleinburg nearly equalized in the 74th minute when Bauer connected with the woodwork for a second time. Despite constant pressure until the final whistle, Mississauga Clarkson SC hung on for a 1-0 victory. The Boston Pizza Player of the Game for the runner up Kleinburg was #8 Niklas Bauer, who did everything but put the ball in the back of the net. The Boston Pizza Player of the Game for the provincial champion Clarkson team was #10 Cristian Cavallini, who scored the only goal in the game to give his club the win. Congratulations to the Mississauga Clarkson SC, the Under 18 Boys Ontario Cup Champion
Under 21 Women
In the third of today’s Ontario Cup Finals, Burlington Bayhawks took on Hamilton Saltfleet at 3:00pm. Burlington controlled possession early on and was rewarded with a goal by #15 Julie Maheu in the 16th minute. Saltfleet kept their heads up and battled hard, and earned a kick from the penalty mark converted by #15 Kaitlyn Staniuk in the 45th minute, evening the score to 1-1 at half time. Both sides came out flying in second half, looking for the go-ahead goal. Burlington’s #22 Nicole Lyon found the back of the net in the 62nd minute with a brilliant strike from outside of the 18 yard box to give her side a 2-1 lead. Despite their best efforts, Saltfleet was unable to come from behind for a second time, resulting in a 2-1 victory for Burlington. The Boston Pizza Player of the Game for the runner up Hamilton Saltfleet was #14 Sarah Slattery, for her relentless play in the midfield. The Boston Pizza Player of the Game for the provincial champion Burlington Bayhawks was #22 Nicole Lyon, who scored the game winning goal for her club. Congratulations to the Burlington Bayhawks, the Under 21 Women’s Ontario Cup Champions!
Under 21 Men
In the last of today’s Ontario Cup Finals, Sigma FC A1 faced off against KNSC Lions Red at 5:30 pm. KNSC got the start they were looking for, with a wonderful goal by #99 Storm Wishart in the 13th minute. Sigma had a chance to equalize in the 35th minute when they were awarded a penalty kick for a hand ball; however Goalkeeper Daniel Dalla Rosa came up with a brilliant save. Dalla Rosa continued to make big saves for the remainder of the first half, securing a 1-0 lead at half time for KNSC. Both sides came out firing in the second half, with chances at both ends of the pitch. Despite some wonderful offensive play, both goalkeepers were up to the task. In the end, KNSC held off Sigma with a 1-0 victory. The Boston Pizza Player of the Game for the runner up Sigma FC was #16 Jordan Hibbert, for an all around great game. The Boston Pizza Player of the Game for the provincial champion KNSC was #1 Daniel Dalla Rosa, for making some incredible saves and securing the shut-out for his team. Congratulations to KNSC Lions Red, the Under 21 Men’s Ontario Cup Champions!
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