Plenty of Civics success over weekendMonday, July 30, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
Following are recaps submitted on Sault Civics soccer action from the weekend
SAULT CIVICS SOCCER
The U11 boys RBCDS Civic Scorpions went 4-0 en route to a Greater Sudbury Impact Soccer Tournament title over the weekend.
The Scorpions outscored their opponents 18-2 in the round robin and proceeded to beat Sudbury 4-1 in the final, thanks to three goals in extra time, to win the title. The Scorpions used a 6-0 win in the semi-final over North Bay to advance into the title game.
The Scorpions cruised to a 3-0 record in the round robin thanks to wins over the Greater Sudbury Falcons (6-0), the Tri-town Tigers (4-0) and North Bay (8-2)
Sault Civics Spirit score silver in Sudbury
It was a rewarding weekend for the Sault Civics Spirit U12 girls.
The team reached the final of the Sudbury Impact soccer tournament through team effort, determination and a great passing game. The Spirit started the tournament with a 3-1 win against the North Bay Selects on Saturday morning with goals from Heather Marsh, Abby Logan, and Madelin Meyers.
Saturday afternoon, the Spirit clinched a spot in the final by beating South Simcoe United 1-0 in a hard fought game under intense heat. Summer Harman provided the game-winning goal while Hailee Young posted the shutout.
Sunday morning, the Spirit met their competition for the final in the last of the round-robin games, losing 2-0 to last year’s winners the Bradford Eagles.
In Sunday afternoon’s final, the Sault Civics Spirit played a fantastic game however Bradford proved to be the tournament favourites and defeated the Spirit 2-0 for the second time in the day. Tournament game MVPs for the Spirit were Summer Harman, Annie Damignani, Hailee Young, and Mia Giuliano.
The coaching staff thanks all the players for their sportsmanship and effort throughout the tournament.
Upcoming competition for the Sault Civics Spirit will see them travel to Brantford on August 11th to compete in the Brantford Classic soccer tournament.
U13 Green Circle Boys Civics Capture Gold in Sudbury
The U13 Boys Civics team once again advanced to the finals in their second tournament of the year only this time came away as tournament champions this past weekend in Sudbury.
The boys went undefeated during preliminary play with three wins and a tie which enabled them to capture first in the group and, as a result, advanced to the finals. They would face a strong North Bay squad however the Sault Civics would not be denied winning the game 2-1 in a penalty shoot-out.
In summary, the Civics defeated the Greater Sudbury Blaze 2-0 in their opening game. Lucas Stefano and Kristian Shuttleworth were the scorers. The second game resulted in a 5-0 win over Great Sudbury 98/99. Paul Zappacosta led the way with two goals and single goals going to David Gioia, Daniel VanBoerdonk and Lucas Stefano. The third game resulted in a 2-2 tie with the North Bay Selects Vipers. Nick Smith scored while David Gioia scored a last-minute game-tying goal. The Civics beat the Sudburnia All-Stars in their fourth and final preliminary game 3-1. Nick Smith notched two goals with Lucas Stefano adding the other.
The four wins allowed the team to advance to the finals to play North Bay. This would be a hard-fought battle with the score tied 1-1 after regulation and overtime. The game would have to be settled in a penalty shoot-out. The Sault would not be denied outscoring their opponent 4-3. Goal scorers in the shootout were Nick Smith, Kristian Shuttleworth, Christian Vecchio and David Gioia.
Strong goaltending throughout the tournament was provided by Aaron Grawbarger, with two shutouts and a very solid performance in the final game.
Next action for the U13 boys will be on August 18 when they travel to play in the Green Bay Soccer Invitational.
U14 Civics Girls Tie London in Western League Play
For the second consecutive weekend the Sault Civics Surge U14 girls soccer team combined a Saturday tie with a Sunday loss to earn a single point in WOYSL league play.
On Saturday night in London, Ontario, the Surge rode a first half goal from mid-fielder Meagan DeMeo to a 1-1 tie with London Portuguese AC Dragons.
In Sunday's match against the same London squad, the Surge were unable to penetrate offensively and fell 1-0 after a scoreless first half.
Surge Head Coach Jeff Conley didn't hold back his disappointment with the weekend, citing a "lacklustre performance" from his team.
“We came out flat and got beat by a less-talented team. There's no way we should be dropping points to that team this late in the season,” said Conley, who was quick to look at the positive side. “We've got a weekend off before our final WOYSL series and the girls have two weeks to prepare for a strong finish. We know we can play with any team in this league and beating Kitchener will be a good way to finish the season.”
Next action for the Civics Surge is an August 18-19 series in the Sault against Kitchener Spirit.
The U14 Civics Surge were the recent benefactors of a weekend series forfeiture by Cambridge United.
The Surge picked up six points from Cambridge's no-show in the Sault two weeks ago and now sit with a 4-2-6 record in WOYSL league play.
Tenaris/SIS U-16 Vipers win one of three games in WOYSL weekend play
The Tenaris/SIS U-16 Vipers had a win and two losses in Southern Ontario over the weekend in WOYSL action. In a rain filled first game against the London Fusion, the Vipers scored with five minutes left to play and won 3-2.
Vanessa Rota had two goals while Emily Soares scored the winner with time running out.
In game two, the Vipers couldn't manage to get things going and lost to second-place Byron Athletica 5-2. Rota, who was on fire all weekend, scored both Vipers' goals.
The last game of the weekend was against the undefeated North London Galaxy. After only being down 1-0 at half time to the powerful Galaxy team, the Vipers lost 3-0.