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Disney Tournament

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My daughter Erika has been in Florida with her soccer team for the past 6 days for the Disney Memorial Day Soccer Shootout. This was a trip that her dad and I were not able to go on so I had to be satisfied with watching the game results on-line to find out how they were doing. According to the score sheets below you can look at it 2 ways….either Erika’s team was really, really good (I’m sure that’s the correct choice), or the other teams were really bad.

In case it is not known to some of you who might read this…I am a picture person… that I don’t mean that everything in my life has to look like it’s perfect, because that is not the case. I mean that I just like to take pictures of everything and then post them for everyone to see whether they want to or not. My husband thinks I am obsessed with taking pictures and he may be a little bit right…but can you really have too many pictures of your daughter playing soccer that all look exactly the same? I think not!

So my biggest problem with not being there for this soccer tournament was not only not being able to take any pictures but also not being able to see any pictures anyone else was taking….no one posted any while they were gone! With my compulsive picture-taking ways I would have totally had pictures up practically as soon as they were taken!!

Now that everyone is back home pictures are starting to appear and now I can start my photo pilfering….as I have done with the two photos below. 🙂

Erika, Meredith, Sydney and Makayla wearing their medals and holding their Disney Trophy….. and also looks like an ice pack or two or three.

The Trophy with Erika, Meghan, Shelby, Dana, Aubrey and Victoria.

Erika arrived back in Canada last night and spent the night at her teammates house since it was very, very late….or very, very early morning, depending on how you look at it… we picked her up from there this morning before going to work.

It’s about a half hour drive to our house from where she spent the night, and that’s when I realized just how quiet and peaceful our lives have been while she was away. Not saying I didn’t miss her, but the peace and quiet is now over.

All in all it sounds like the girls had a great trip and I’m glad that Erika got to be a part of it. Congratulations to the Cambridge United U17 Girls Soccer Team!! Disney Champions!!!

Celtics score soccer title

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Just another post about Erika’s High School Soccer team…..the District 10 Champions.

Thursday, May, 24, 2012 – 8:08:34 AM

Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac
Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Bishop Macdonell goalie Tianna Sullivan (No. 13) dives at the ball as St. James’s Victoria Kallitsis tries to get to the net during first-half action of the District 10 senior girls soccer final Tuesday at St. James.

Celtics Score Soccer Title

It’s not about the number of shots you take in a soccer game, it’s about the quality of those shots.

The undefeated St. James Lions learned that in cruel fashion on Tuesday afternoon as the Bishop Macdonell Celtics downed them 3-0 to win the District 10 senior girls soccer championship at St. James.

The Lions shot early and often in the game but the majority of their strikes flew well wide or high of the Celtics’ net.

Bishop Macdonell, meanwhile, didn’t make its first attempt at goal until the game was already 20 minutes old.

Moments later, Celtics striker Reighan Pflug made the Lions pay.


Pflug scored two tidy goals a few minutes apart – the first in the lower left corner of the net and the second in the upper left.

It was more than the Celtics needed to hoist the District 10 plaque for the first time since the 2005-2006 school year.

In the second half, Kerrie Sullivan added a third tally for Bishop Mac as they went on to the 3-0 shutout victory.

Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Jenna Gaetan, right, of the St. James Lions, walks away as Bishop Macdonell players celebrate the team’s third goal on Tuesday in the District 10 girls soccer championship game. Bishop Mac won the game 3-0.

Tianna Sullivan got the shutout in net for the victors.

The Celtics finished the regular season in second place with a  5-1-1 record while St. James was 6-0-1. The lone meeting between the two teams was a 1-0 St. James victory.

It’s Finally Here

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Today is the day….it’s finally here, my baby girl is in Florida!!

Erika’s soccer team is playing in the Disney Memorial Day Soccer Shootout Tournament this weekend in  Florida.

She and 3 of her team mates left early this morning to fly out of Buffalo.

Rebecca, Erika, Meghan and Meredith

The girls met up at Tim Horton’s (it gave them a chance to grab some brekky before leaving) and then piled in to poor Patti’s car to begin their trip to Disney. I say poor Patti because she willingly agreed to take these 4 girls with her and take care of them, mind you one of them is her own daughter, but still, taking a 2 hour car drive and spending another couple of hours on a plane with four 17 year old’s is pretty brave.

Erika has been so excited for this trip, ever since she found out the team was going…..months and month ago. Erika never really looks or sounds excited about anything, even though she’s bursting inside. She’s nothing like this little girl who’s obviously excited about her trip…….

Last night we were still trying to get her to finish packing, and I discovered she is nothing like me. I kept trying to put things in her suitcase and she kept taking them out stating that she was taking too much stuff. I tried to tell her you can’t have too much, but she disagrees with me. She was still finishing the packing this morning and we had to leave at 6:30am.

Adding or taking out….not sure.

Finally finished….I think.

Ready to go…..doesn’t she “look” excited?

I got a text from her at 5:05pm telling me she had arrived and that it was hot there. And so far there is only one picture posted of her on anyone’s Facebook (well only one that I would consider re-posting)…..I really expected to see some more pictures by now.

Here’s hoping she has a great time and brings back lots of great stories and memories.


GuelphMercury – Pflug leads Mac attack to title

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GuelphMercury – Pflug leads Mac attack to title.

This Article is in the Mercury today. This is my daughter Erika’s High School Team, however due to her injuries she wasn’t able to play in this game.

Pflug leads Mac attack to title

Bischop Macdonell Celtics play ‘one of their best games of the year’ to win girls soccer crown

Victoria Kallitsis (18) of the St. James Lions slides in to try to knock the ball by Emily O'Hagan (left) and Mackenzie Bernhardt of the Bishop Macdonell Celtics during Tuesday's District 10 girls' soccer final at St. James. Bishop Mac won 3-0.

Sliding in Victoria Kallitsis (18) of the St. James Lions slides in to try to knock the ball by Emily O’Hagan (left) and Mackenzie Bernhardt of the Bishop Macdonell Celtics during Tuesday’s District 10 girls’ soccer final at St. James. Bishop Mac won 3-0.

Rob Massey/Guelph Mercury

GUELPH – There was an early indication that the District 10 girls’ soccer final was going to be a good one for the Bishop Macdonell Celtics Tuesday afternoon.

“We had a really good warmup, better than normal,” Pflug said.

Pflug scored two goals and set up the other one as the Celtics downed the St. James Lions 3-0 at St. James.

By getting to the final, the Celtics had broken one of their recent trends – they had been championship-game combatants only in odd-numbered years since 2007 when they lost 2-1 to Centennial. They won 6-1 over Lourdes in 2009 and lost 3-0 to Centennial last year.

“That was probably one of the best games we’ve played all year,” Bishop Mac coach Phil DiNucci said. “We said at the beginning of the year our goal was to play everybody, move them around and get everybody comfortable playing as a team. We’ve only shortened our bench the last couple of games and luckily enough, today we were able to get everybody an opportunity to play a few minutes.”

The win over St. James was also their first victory over the Lions since a 1-0 triumph in a regular-season game May 5, 2009. However, the two teams always seem to play close matches as they’ve tied twice since then.

“They played pretty good, but we hadn’t won against them in a long time, so we’re pretty happy,” Pflug said.

In the regular season this year, the Lions won 1-0 May 10. That win helped the Lions to a 6-0-1 record and a first-place finish while the Celtics were second at 5-1-1.

In last week’s semifinals, Bishop Mac edged the Ross Royals 1-0 while St. James dropped the Centre Wellington Falcons 5-0. Kira McKillop scored for the Celtics while Tianna Sullivan was credited with the shutout. Victoria Kallitsis and Hayley Ferguson each had two goals for St. James while Jordan Hamilton scored the other one. Brianna Barnhart picked up the shutout.

Tuesday, Pflug scored a pair of goals five minutes apart midway through the first half, then set up McKillop for the other goal early in the second half. Sullivan had the shutout.

“The first goal, I believe Kira shot it through and I ran onto it and shot it back post,” Pflug said. “The second goal, I went to cross it in, but it went top corner.”

After the Lions pressed for the first 15 minutes, the Celtics responded and play moved more into the midfield area than either end.

“Once we started opening it up, then it was more of our game,” DiNucci said. “We were able to hold that for most of the game and have them play our style as opposed to their style. Their style is difficult to play against. They drive it up the middle, a lot of long shots and they try to move the ball toward the middle and get pressure on. As soon as we opened the field, cut the middle down a bit it opened up some space and we were able to get ball diagonally and we were able to capitalize.”

Both the Celtics and Lions advance to CWOSSA qualifying games.

St. James will play the Centre Dufferin Royals at Shelburne Thursday in a AAA qualifier while the Celtics will play at Delhi Monday in a AA qualifier.

The CWOSSA AA tournament is to be held at Palmerston May 31 while the AAA tournament is a two-day affair May 30-31 at Kitchener.

D10 Champions

Sunday Morning of the Victoria Day Weekend

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It’s Sunday on the Victoria Day long weekend and I have been up since 6:30am….Why? Because it is going to be 30 degrees celsius today so if the dogs were going to get walked it had to be early.
I’m not really a morning person but I do have to admit I enjoy the peace and quietness of my early morning walks….especially on a Sunday morning of a long weekend when everyone in the neighborhood is either away or still sleeping, so it’s just us out there.
I was once asked what I like to do to relax and de-stress….I know people think a nice bubble bath is relaxing but not for me, I spend that time thinking about what else I should be doing, like laundry, dishes, vacuuming, cleaning, so that’s not relaxing at all, or I relax to the point that I start to fall asleep and while I’m pretty sure falling asleep in the bath tub is relaxing to the extreme, I’m sure it’s not a wise idea. My answer to what I do to relax and de-stress is to walk the dogs and take pictures along the way. I don’t feel guilty about not doing housework when I’m out with the dogs because it is something that also needs to be done so I just walk along, just me and my pups enjoying the fresh air and the quiet sounds of the morning and give no thought at all to what else there is to do.

This morning the only sign of wildlife we saw was a lone deer munching on the shrubs in someone’s backyard but it sauntered off into the woods before I could get a picture of it… shy I guess.

At least the plants and trees can’t take off when I pull out my camera, they pose nicely for me.

Happy Victoria Day Weekend!!!

Cambridge United Begin Season

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Cambridge United looks to continue winning ways

  • May 2, 2012 5:52 pm

By Trevor Airdrie. Photo by Cambridge United

2012 starts with high expectations for the U17 Cambridge United girls coached by proven head coach Kevin Johnson. The U17 Cambridge United girls have a long list of accomplishments from 2011, winning both the 2011 Robbie Tournament, 2011 Barrie Tournament and capped off by a Cambridge, Ontario first in youth soccer – a WOYSL Title. Winning the WOYSL Title, offered the team a promotion in the Ontario Youth Soccer League (OYSL) which is the highest level of youth soccer in Ontario.

Fortunately for the U17 Cambridge United girls they are led by a coach with a long list of credentials in Kevin Johnson. He is no stranger to soccer in Waterloo region with this being his fifth season coaching in the region. His teams have won five tournament championships, 2 Cup championships and his teams have finished in the top three of league play every season. He has had over 30 male and female youth players promoted to higher levels of youth soccer with 20 players being promoted to the OYSL, while also coaching the league leading goal scorer in three of four seasons.

We all look forward to seeing what Coach Johnson and The U17 Cambridge United girls can accomplish.

A Day At Home

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We have been away for soccer every weekend since the end of March (except for Easter weekend). This weekend we get to stay home and rest…..

Actually the day started pretty early with a little white dog insisting she needed to go out at 4:00am. I blame my husband for that since he suggested she would be getting me up at 4:00 when we went to bed last night….the power of suggestion. When Emma starts her whining in the morning you might as well get up with her because you can’t go back to sleep until she has been out anyway, so at 4:00am I let her out in the backyard to… grass? Yes, that is what she did, nothing else, just ate grass. The little rascal got me up for that? Or maybe she knew the moon was worth taking a picture of and that’s what she got me up for. It definitely was a bright moon early this morning.

The moon at 4:00am this morning.

After we enjoyed, spent some time together admiring the moon we went back to bed for a few more hours of sleep.

It was 7:00 am when we officially got up to start our day, I took the dogs out walking while my husband took himself for a drive to Tim Horton’s. I took a few pictures on our walk, as I sometimes, almost always do.

My house has been kind of neglected for the past month since we haven’t really been home to do anything so we had a lot of work to do. While my husband mowed the front yard, I vacuumed the very furry carpets, cleaned the dog art off our windows, and washed the living room and dining room curtains. I then helped my husband who was ready to mow the backyard (by helping I mean I picked up the dog poo so he could do the mowing). Our back yard was way past needing its first cut of the season.

The over grown back yard.

Back yard dandelions gone to seed.

My big mistake today was washing the curtains…..once they came out of the dryer I realized they needed to be ironed. I am not a fan of ironing, I’m not a fan of a lot of housework but I especially do not enjoy ironing. It took a while but, task accomplished, we had supper and then my husband thought we should go watch a movie.

The movie of choice was The Avengers, problem was we had two show times to choose from….6:40pm or 10:00pm. I’m pretty sure I would have fallen asleep during a 10:00 movie but we were going to have to rush to catch the 6:40 show. We got there just before they were sold out and ended up third row from the front. I have to say I have never watched a movie so close to the screen before, and would prefer not to again. The movie was definitely worth seeing though, even close up.

So today was an enjoyable day and I feel like I got a lot accomplished but staying home didn’t equal resting, however resting is what I’m about to do now.

Goodnight moon!

The full moon tonight