Van­kleek Hill tops Alexan­dria in GSL U14 girls soccer thriller

The Glengarry News - - Sports in the Glens -

BY SEAN BRAY Sports Ed­i­tor It seemed fit­ting that the Glen­garry Soccer League’s top two teams in the U14 girls divi­sion would meet for the sea­son cham­pi­onship, as the Alexan­dria Dev­ils col­lided with the young ladies from Van­kleek Hill, in an Aug. 23 win­ner-take-all fi­nal.

Alexan­dria was the reg­u­lar-sea­son vic­tor, with 30 points (on a record of 10 wins and 2 losses), while Van­kleek Hill had just one fewer point (9 wins, 2 ties, 1 loss).

In one meet­ing dur­ing the sum­mer, the Grey Shirts scored a 1-0 vic­tory.

In semi­fi­nal play, both teams blanked their re­spec­tive op­po­nents, with the Dev­ils spank­ing Dun­ve­gan 4-0, while Van­kleek Hill edged past Lag­gan 1-0.

The ti­tle tilt, played at the Glen­garry Sports Palace in Alexan­dria, saw the hosts pot an early marker, with Grey push­ing hard through the re­main­der of the open­ing half to find the equal­izer.

Even­tu­ally, they cap­i­tal­ized on the pres­sure, as a boom­ing shot found the net, past the goal­keeper’s out­stretched mitts just be­fore the in­ter­val.

Ten min­utes into the se­cond half, the visi­tors took the lead, as a free kick found its way over the wall.

Alexan­dria re­sponded quickly, though, as mere mo­ments later, the Dev­ils tied the af­fair at 2-2, with a chip shot from in tight.

Play set­tled down from there, with the squads re­main­ing tied at full time.

Two 10-minute over­time ses­sions still couldn’t de­cide the win­ner, though it wasn’t for lack of try­ing, as the ac­tion fea­tured sev­eral heart-stop­ping mo­ments at both ends of the pitch.

So it was on to a shootout, as what turned out to be a marathon of penalty kicks would de­ter­mine the cham­pion.

It took 10 rounds, un­til Van­kleek Hill fi­nally pre­vailed, win­ning the shootout 4-3, as the game of­fi­cially went into the books as a 3-2 win for Grey.

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