Tonight was the Ceremony for Athletic Achievements at City Hall for Erika’s soccer team……along with 8 other teams and several individuals.
While the girls took their place in front of their parents, siblings, friends and peers, and were congratulated by the Mayor and Councillors, this is what was read:
“THAT the Cambridge United U16 Girls Soccer Team be commended for Placing 1st in the Western Ontario Youth Soccer League and have now been promoted to the Ontario Youth Soccer League. This is the first time that a team from Cambridge Youth Soccer has been promoted to the OYSL, which is the highest level of youth soccer in Ontario. Team members included: Dana Milani, Alex Vieira, Jenna Cardoso, Kayla Coehlo, Mikayla Bryan, Aubrey Formica, Alexis Gallant, Cathy Bekhyt, Keziah Johnson, Sydney Crowe, Katie Gauthier and Team Captains Meghan McCauley and Erika McFarlane. Coaching Team consisted of Head Coach Kevin Johnson, Assistant Coach Tony Bryan, Manager Patti McCauley and Trainer Tatum Johnson.”
Each of the team members were presented with a certificate of Achievement for Athletic Excellence signed by the Mayor.
In order to qualify for this award a nomination form was submitted which noted the girls achievements this season.
Description of achievements this year:
The Cambridge United U16 (Under 16) Girls Soccer team plays in the WOYSL (Western Ontario Youth Soccer League) and traveled to Sarnia, Windsor, London, and Woolwich throughout the season. This year the U16 team finished in first place although there is still one game to be played on September 11th. This first place finish gives the Cambridge United U16 Girls a promotion to the Ontario Youth Soccer League which is the highest level of soccer in Ontario.
In addition to regular season play, Cambridge United played in two tournaments. The first tournament was the Barrie Spiritfest. In a combined U17/U16 division, Cambridge was undefeated after round robin play. In the semi-finals, the team played U17 Barrie Spirit A team which ended in a 0-0 tie at the end of regulation. Cambridge advanced on penalty kicks for an opportunity to play against the host U16A Barrie Spirit. In the finals, the girls capped off a very impressive weekend with a 3 – 0 win to earn the title of Barrie Spiritfest Champions.
The second tournament was the renowned 45th Robbie International Tournament in Toronto. Cambridge played against the Bonivatal Flames from Winnipeg, the West Ottawa Warriors and the Wexford Flury and ended up in 1st place after round robin play. After winning the semi-final game, they moved to the finals against a strong NSD Saints team from Calgary. After a hard fought game in extreme heat and only one substitute player, Cambridge won 2-0 to capture the championship title.
Why do you feel this team is deserving of this Award?
This team of young female athletes definitely need to be recognized for an accomplishment that has never occurred before in Cambridge. Because this team has won the WOYSL league, they are promoted to the OYSL (Ontario Youth Soccer League). This is the top level of soccer in the province and this is the first time a Cambridge Youth Soccer team has been promoted to the OYSL in the history of the league.
These young athletes practice twice a week at minimum and play each game with intensity and determination. They began indoor training in October of last year and have honed their soccer and endurance skills. In May they moved outdoor and began a five month season. In April, the team travelled to the United States and played against two University varsity teams – Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio and Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. The third game was played in Rochester, New York where they faced a regional New York State team. This tour gave the girls an opportunity to play at a higher level and they competed in all matches. They also spent a weekend in May at Wilfred Laurier University playing against U17 and U18 teams from London and Brantford. Again, the team played exceptionally well in all matches despite poor weather conditions of cold and rain. The team and coaches stayed in the dormitory at Laurier which was an excellent team bonding experience for the girls and gave them the opportunity to build relationships which translated onto the field.
The Cambridge United U16 Girls Soccer team is comprised of players, parents, and coaching staff who always represent Cambridge with the utmost of dignity and sportsmanship. All thirteen players had great individual accomplishments that made this team achieve excellence.
Congratulations to the Cambridge United U16 Girls on a job well done!!!