Dorchester, St. Thomas Warriors, lose in Soccerfest quarter-finals
By Rob J. Ross
Sunday, July 23, 2017
ST. THOMAS, Ont. - The St. Thomas Cyclones advanced the furthest among local teams at girls Soccerfest.
The 35-plus team tournament featuring five divisions, was held at Athletic and Cowan Parks
See complete results at St. Thomas Soccer.
Waterloo United upended St. Thomas, the top seed from pool play, winning an under-15 semi-final, 2-0. Earlier in the day, the Cyclones won their quarter-final over Windsor Ciociaro.
The Cyclones topped the under-15 division, with two wins and a tie, in pool action on Saturday. St. Thomas blanked LaSalle, 3-0, edged Brantford Galaxy, 2-1 and tied Strathroy FC, 1-1.
Waterloo United met Brantford Galaxy, in the U15 final. Brantford earned their spot, by upsetting the two and three seeds.
The St. Thomas Warriors were blanked 2-0, by Leamington United, in their under-16 quarter-final.
During pool play, the Warriors were 2-0, with a pair of 2-1 wins over SouthWest Fusion and the LaSalle Stompers. Steph Chenoweth scored three of the four St. Thomas goals, while Sherah Kuiper, had one.
Chatham Strikers and Cambridge faced off in the U16 final.
In an under-13 quarter-final, the Dorchester Blue Devils fell 4-0 to Guelph.
The Blue Devils, an under-12 team, played up a division to gain competitive experience, in preparation for next year. For minor soccer, competitive tournaments start with the U13 age division.
"We played well, beyond my expectations coming in. No disappointment at all in the results," Dorchester coach Andy Bishop said. "This game (quarter) was tighter than a 4-0 game. We had a great scoring opportunity at the start, that could have changed the feel of the game."
Dorchester went 1-4 overall, twice losing to Guelph, to finish seventh out of 12 teams in their division. They beat Fort Erie 6-1 and lost to 1-0, to Leamington United.
Guelph advanced to the U13 final, before losing to the Sarnia Spirit.
St. Thomas' entry in the U18 division, failed to advance to the playoffs.