Hearts U18 girls claim ERSL crown
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).
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.