Pro­vin­cial champs

Bar­rie’s under-14 girls soc­cer team claims On­tario Cup with shutout vic­tory over Lon­don.

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WOOD­BRIDGE - The Bar­rie Soc­cer Club’s under-14 girls team made the city and their club proud by bring­ing home the On­tario Cup pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship on Sun­day with a 2-0 win over the Lon­don White­caps at the On­tario Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion sta­dium in Wood­bridge.

The girls went into this huge match feel­ing con­fi­dent in their abil­ity to bring home the pro­vin­cial crown as they were ex­tremely fa­mil­iar with their op­po­nent, hav­ing played them in last year’s pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship quar­ter­fi­nal and de­feat­ing them, 2-1.

The Bar­rie girls opened the scor­ing at the 10-minute mark of the first half. A bril­liant de­fen­sive tackle by Cierra Bed­ford started the counter at­tack for Bar­rie.

Af­ter win­ning the ball from the Lon­don at­tacker, Bed­ford played a strong for­ward pass into the feet of striker Abby Bow­land.

With an amaz­ing in­di­vid­ual ef­fort to beat her man, Bow­land played a through ball between the legs of the Lon­don de­fender into the path of her strik­ing part­ner, Salena Dev­el­lis.

Within in strik­ing dis­tance, Dev­el­lis beat the last de­fender with a burst of speed and tucked the ball into the open net af­ter mag­i­cally walk­ing around the Lon­don goal­keeper who had come out with a slid­ing tackle.

The goal was se­lected by the On­tario Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion as the high­light of the match.

Al­though it was the only goal the Bar­rie girls would need, they pushed for­ward and were awarded with an in­surance goal af­ter some strong work along the right side by Lau­ren McCon­nell. A cross through the 18-yard box by McCon­nell found the feet of Tris­tan Dent, who slid a pass through into the lane of a streak­ing Dev­el­lis. Dev­el­lis again danced around the last de­fender and slid the ball passed the Lon­don goal­keeper for a 2-0 Bar­rie lead at half-time.

The sec­ond half saw the Bar­rie girls play much more con­ser­va­tively tasked with de­fend­ing the lead. With some tac­ti­cal for­ma­tion changes by the coach­ing staff, the Bar­rie girls de­fended their two-goal ad­van­tage, not al­low­ing Lon­don to pen­e­trate their strong de­fen­sive wall com­prised of Sarah Burch, Heather MacTav­ish, Kate Cooke, Cierra Bed­ford, Tris­tan Dent, Ana Boon, Ka­trine Thomp­son and Alis­cia Kobyl­nik.

The cel­e­bra­tion be­gan at the fi­nal whis­tle with the Bar­rie girls charg­ing the field in ju­bi­la­tion. As a sign of re­spect and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their fans, the girls car­ried the pro­vin­cial tro­phy to­wards the grand­stand and raised it in tri­umph in front of their close to 200 Bar­rie sup­port­ers who made the jour­ney to watch the match.

The team’s suc­cess this sea­son was summed up by coach Will Dev­el­lis. “At the be­gin­ning of each sea­son th­ese, ladies come up with a goal,” he said. “Each year they work hard to at­tain their goal. This year’s goal was the big­gest chal­lenge yet: to be­come pro­vin­cial cham­pi­ons. They at­tained their goal, and along the way also cap­tured four tour­na­ment cham­pi­onships: Bar­rie, Stoney Creek, Brossard, Que., and the in­ter­na­tional Rob­bie.”

The girls have played the last two rounds in­clud­ing the cham­pi­onship match with­out their cap­tain, Nathalie Hoppe, who had a sea­son-end­ing ACL in­jury. Since the in­jury, the team ded­i­cated the sea­son and com­mit­ted to a pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship for Hoppe, us­ing the so­cial­me­dia post #Doit­forNat as their mo­ti­va­tion.

The Bar­rie girls have one re­main­ing game in their re­gional Cen­tral Soc­cer League this week ver­sus Wood­bridge, with the win­ner be­ing crowned the Cen­tral Re­gion cham­pi­ons and earn­ing a spot in the re­gional cham­pi­ons tour­na­ment Oct. 7 -8 in Guelph.

Try­outs for the 2018 sea­son are be­ing held at the Bar­rie Soc­cer Club, 7 Cur­rie Dr., in Mid­hurst, on Tues­day, Sept. 26 from 6-7p.m., Satur­day, Sept. 30 from 1:45-2:45 p.m., and Sun­day, Oct. 1 from 12:30-1:30pm.

SUB­MIT­TED

The Bar­rie under-14 girls soc­cer team in­cludes, in the back row from left, coach Dave Cooke, Kate Cooke, Cierra Bed­ford, Madi­son Wal­ter, Ana Boon, Nathalie Hoppe, Heather MacTav­ish, Ka­trine Thomp­son, Abby Bow­land, Alexis Jack­lin, coach Will Dev­el­lis and man­ager Kim­berly Hoppe. In the front row, from left, are Sarah Burch, Tris­tan Dent, Salena Dev­el­lis, Lau­ren McCon­nell, Audrey Bernier, Alis­cia Kobyl­nik and Olivia Swin­ford.

SUB­MIT­TED

Mem­bers of the Bar­rie under-14 girls soc­cer team hoist the On­tario Cup fol­low­ing a win on Sun­day over the Lon­don White­caps.

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