Peewee Wildcats Capture Gold in MarkhamSunday, September 22, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
After going undefeated in round robin qualifying, the Sault's Peewee Wildcats defeated the Scarborough Sharks 1-0 on Sunday afternoon to capture the Markham Stouffville Starsfest.
A late goal with under two minutes to play lifted the Wildcats to victory after a seesaw battle with the pesky Sharks.
Madison Vernelli fired home a pass from Sophia Colizza for the game's only marker.
Gabby Bernardo was flawless in earning her second shutout of the tournament.
The Wildcats earned their way into the championship game with four straight round robin victories.
On Friday night, Cassidy Smith and Colizza potted goals in a 2-0 win over Scarborough.
On Saturday afternoon, the Cats roughed up the Georgina Golden Hawks 4-1 on goals by Amy Gillespie, Luca Rebek, Madison Headrick and Madison Pritchard.
In a late game Saturday, goals by Pritchard, Headrick and Rebek lifted the Wildcats past Markham 3-1.
In Sunday morning's final qualifying game Jana Caughill backstopped the Cats to a 3-0 victory over Aurora.
Gillian Tijerina had two goals and Colizza notched the single.
Wildcats bench boss Shane Gillespie was encouraged by the way his team gelled.
"I think we came together as a team this weekend. We've got a nice mix of 11 and 12 year olds who need to learn to play with each other. To have this level of chemistry and success so early in the season is a welcome surprise."
The Peewee Wildcats' next tournament action is next month in Windsor.
The Lintern Peewee Wildcats are Gabby Bernardo, Madison Vernelli, Amber Dunbar, Tyra Giasson, Hailey Telik, Aly Colizza, Maya Lortie, Cassidy Smith, Ruby Cheeseman, Amy Gillespie, Gillian Tijerina, Madison Headrick, Madison Pritchard, Luca Rebek, Brianna Barban and Jana Caughill.