Rec­og­niz­ing Hamil­ton’s am­a­teur ath­letes and teams

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

The Mount Hamil­ton Youth Soc­cer Club’s un­der-11 girls’ team made it to the cham­pi­onship game of the Sch­wan’s USA Cup in Min­nesota. This was no small feat as the tour­na­ment is the largest in the West­ern Hemi­sphere, with 1,178 teams from around the world — in­clud­ing China, Japan, Africa and through­out the U.S. — par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Af­ter earn­ing a win, a loss and a draw in the round-robin, Mount Hamil­ton beat Tonka United 5-0 in the quar­ter-fi­nals and beat the Cen­ten­nial Crush­ers 4-2 in the semis. The cham­pi­onship game against Sport­ing St. Croix Academy of Min­nesota was tied 1-1 af­ter reg­u­la­tion, still tied af­ter two five-minute over­time pe­ri­ods and re­mained tied through penalty kicks. Mount Hamil­ton fi­nally lost in sud­den death penal­ties.

The play­ers are from Hamil­ton, Bin­brook, An­caster, Mount Hope and Wi­nona.

Lo­cal He­roes cel­e­brates the ac­com­plish­ments of lo­cal am­a­teur ath­letes, ei­ther in­di­vid­u­als or teams. If you know any Lo­cal He­roes, send sub­mis­sions (de­tails plus a photo) to: lo­cal­heroes@thes­ (The photo needs to be a large file size of more than 500kb.)

Mem­bers of the Mount Hamil­ton un­der-11 team (in no or­der) are: Grace Am­men­do­lia, Lola Chithalen, Ava Colter­man, Saman­tha DeStepha­nis, Kathryn Dzioba, Clea Hast­ings, Indee Kwa­jah, Na­dia March­ese, Kaylee McGin­nis, Francesca Pugliese, Macken­zie Scan­lon, Janelle Sylvestre and Fiona Thomp­son.

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