Some local rep soccer teams struggle trying to find the proper level of competition south of Parry Sound, once they have ascended beyond play in northern Ontario. That cannot be said for the Greater Sudbury Soccer Club (GSSC) Impact U-15 Girls.
With the exception of a rare 7-2 victory over Ajax FC White on the same weekend that OFSAA soccer championships were being contested, every one of the team's six other games has finished either in a tie or a single-goal triumph.
That pattern continued last weekend as the Impact ladies split a pair of 1-0 games, edging the North Toronto Nitros on Saturday before falling to the Unionville-Milliken White Strikers the next morning.
Riley McEwen handled the scoring on Saturday, with Megan Coutu recording the shutout, while Oliviah Hamilton made some stand-out saves on Sunday, keeping things close until UMSC scored late in the game.
"We look forward to the rematch with Unionville in Sudbury in late August," Impact head coach Dayna Corelli said.
The results leave the local girls right in the middle of the league standings, sitting fourth in the Central Girls Soccer League (CGSL) Level 4 Premier division with a record of 3-2-2.
With 11 points, the Sudbury crew is two back of Ajax and two ahead of Unionville, though the Strikers hold a game in hand. The Impact will now return home for games at James Jerome for the first time in a month, battling Ajax FC White (4-1-1) on Saturday at 3 p.m. and then facing the Oshawa Kicks (5-2-0) on Sunday at 11 a.m. at the same venue.
Corelli and company are back at home for a single game the following weekend before enjoying a two-week break in the schedule, closing league play with five games between Aug. 11 and 25.
Posted by Laurel Myers