First shootout win of the season in the semifinals gives team shot of momentum
Sunday, July 28, 2019
ST. THOMAS - On their way to winning the under-18 division at Girls' Soccerfest, the St. Thomas Reds snapped a drought that had plagued the team this season.
Klara Lattanzio and Grace Shackelton scored as St. Thomas blanked the Sarnia Spirit, 2-0, in the U18 final, at Athletic Park.
Keeper Aviva Fournie had the shutout and also starred in the semifinal, a 2-1 win over Leamington, via a shootout, stopping all shots booted her way.
"It really brought us together when we won the shootout because we had lost six (shootouts) in a row," said St. Thomas coach Sean Cook, who was impressed by the players' determination and hard work.
Haley Gordon, on a free kick, scored for St. Thomas during regulation, in the semifinal.
"We had good teamwork and we really encouraged each other," Shackelton said. "We had good ball control and passes around the field. We did finish well. We dug deep in the semifinal. We pushed hard and won the final."
The Reds carried the momentum and joy of winning their first shootout of the season to the U18 title game.
"Positivity," Lattanzio said. "Definitely our attitudes. We're a really happy team. A lot of us have played together for a really long time, so it's fun time as a team and we have a fun time off the field as well."
In league action, St. Thomas sits second behind Woodstock, in the Elgin-Middlesex District U18 division. The Reds travel to Byron for a League U18 Cup game, August 1.
Two other St. Thomas teams were in action at Girls Soccerfest.
The U14 Reds lost in the semifinals, 3-1, to the LaSalle Stompers, who went on to blank Kitchener Spirit, 1-0, in the final.
The U16 Reds lost their quarterfinal, 2-1, to London Curinga. The Pelham Panthers won the U16 title blanking LaSalle, 2-0.
Saltfleet - Stoney Creek won the U17 division, shutting out Waterloo United, 2-0, in the final. Belle River edged Windsor Caboto, 2-1, for the U15 title. The Kitchener Spirit met Durham, in the U13 final.