Todd scores twice and Lawrence nets winner as St. Thomas defeats Niagara, 3-1
June 26, 2022
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - One of the hottest teams in local soccer are the St. Thomas Reds U15 girls.
Not only are the Reds undefeated in the tier one division of the Elgin Middlesex District League, St. Thomas is heading to the second round of the Ontario Cup.
Kylie Todd scored twice and Jade Lawrence had the winner, as St. Thomas beat Niagara, 3-1, in the opening round of the Ontario Cup, Sunday, at Athletic Park.
Tied at one at break, Lawrence gave St. Thomas a 2-1 lead, five minutes into the second half.
"It was really hot, so it was hard on our bodies, but we really pulled through and we worked well together," said Lawrence. "What our team does best, is that we're really good at looking at the field so we know what's open and we know where each other is going to go."
That was evident on Todd's second goal of the game.
"You can always rely on Kylie to get those ones," said Lawrence. "She's really good. She's really tough even though she is small. She just got these speedy little legs. She's so fast."
Knowing the strengths of Niagara helped St. Thomas throughout the game.
"Strategically we've seen this team before, so we knew what to watch for and we knew where we could have some opportunities," coach Justin Lawrence said. "We had a number of chances and finished them when we could, so that was important. Kylie Todd is super quick and was deadly today."
Ella Webster kept Niagara busy chasing her in the second half, helping prevent the visitors from mounting their own attack.
"At the end we were trying to keep possession of the ball and Ella did a great job," Lawrence said. "All of the ladies worked really hard to keep the ball down there."
Next round of the Ontario Cup is on a couple weeks. The Reds have six wins and one tie (2-2 against Dorchester Blue Lightning) in seven league games.
"We're having a good season so far," said Lawrence. "Our effort has been strong and we've had a great commitment from the girls. They're working hard in practice and improving every day. We're really happy."
Abbegale Butorajac, Anna Muscat and Jade Lawrence, each have six goals in league action, while Abbie Neil has four goals.
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