Hearts U18 girls claim ERSL crown

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor Glen­garry’s U18 girls Hearts soc­cer team is the East Re­gional Soc­cer League cham­pion.

The girls fin­ished the sea­son with a record of 13 wins and 2 losses for 39 points, three bet­ter than the run­ner-up Ne­pean Hot­spurs Fu­sion.

Coach Russell Bac­chiochi says the turn­ing point came late in the sea­son, on Aug. 17, when the Hearts blasted the ’Spurs 8-1, which moved Glen­garry into first place. The girls fol­lowed up that tri­umph four days later with a 7-1 thrash­ing of Car­leton Place United to cap off the sea­son.

Scor­ing over the two matches was led by Danika De­coeur, who pot­ted a trio. Find­ing the back of the net twice each were Jenna Séguin, An­drea Chad­dock, Emma Hardy, Tay­lor Si­mard, and Brae­lyn Char­bon­neau, while Alexie Car­riere and Oli­vianne De­coeur each scored once.

Chad­dock and Si­mard fin­ished the sea­son atop the team’s list of markswomen, each pot­ting 12 against the op­po­si­tion. The ladies placed third over­all in the ERSL.

In net, goal­keeper Emily McDonell was cred­ited with 5 shutouts, best in the league.

As a team, the Hearts were not only on top in points, but also in goal dif­fer­en­tial (+60), fewest goals al­lowed (12), most goals scored (72), and most wins (13).

Hardy honoured

Emma Hardy was rec­og­nized with one of the league’s two ed­u­ca­tion bur­saries.

The grad­u­ate of GDHS is at­tend­ing St. Fran­cis Xavier Univer­sity in Nova Sco­tia, pur­su­ing a B.Sc. in hu­man ki­net­ics.

The ERSL an­nounce­ment noted that Hardy is an ex­cep­tional stu­dent and per­son who demon­strated lead­er­ship, pos­i­tiv­ity, and re­li­a­bil­ity. She coached sev­eral teams at the Grade 7 and 8 level, vol­un­teered in her com­mu­nity of Maxville, and com­peted in nu­mer­ous sports, both in and out of high school.

The teen was also one of 16 grad­u­at­ing ath­letes honoured last month by the Glen­garry Sports Hall of Fame.

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