Russell Raiders win gold
They went from having no team to having the winning team! The Russell Raiders U-13/U-14 boys’ soccer team brought home the gold medal from the Ambassador Cup tournament in Kingston, Ontario, last weekend, on July 22 and 23.
At the beginning of the soccer season, it was looking like it was not going to be possible to create a competitive boys’ soccer team for this age group due to a lack of players and no coach. However, after much effort, The Russell Raiders managed to scrounge together a full team of 18 boys, an assistant coach and a head coach – and it was a winning team at that.
The Raiders defeated teams from Hamilton, Kingston and Woolwich to make it to the semi-finals at the annual Ambassador Cup competitive tournament in Kingston. The team then went on to defeat Quinte to advance to the finals. In a very evenly matched, tied 1-1 final, the Russell Raiders rose to victory in a 3-1 shootout victory.
L’équipe de soccer les Russell Raiders, des garçons de 13 et 14 ans, ont remporté la médaille d’or lors du tournoi de la Coupe Ambassador à Kingston Ontario, la fin de semaine du 22 et 23 juillet. Ci-dessus, on reconnaît le gardien de but Liam Roy et Damian Streng, assis par terre. Dans la première rangée, on reconnait, Felix Saint-Louis, Kyle Laberge, Alexandre Bissionette, Josh Roger, Sam Levesque et Nathan Durocher. Dans la deuxième rangée, Gabriel Grégoire, Gavin Veinotte, Jason Anderson, Zach Matthews, Tanner Smith, l’assistant coach Guy Masse et le coach Paul Melenhorst. À l’arrière, Aidan Melenhorst, Jonny Costanzi, Mike Charlebois, Tristan Masse et Ryley McClain.