Aug 29, 2012- 2:40 PM
After posting a record of 1-4-2 through their opening seven games and languishing near the bottom of the Central Girls Soccer League (CGSL) Level 3 standings at the mid-season point, the locals have really turned things around.
The squad is undefeated through their last six games, picking up four huge victories, including a pair on the road last weekend.
And because the U-14 Level 3 grouping was so tightly bunched, the locals have leaped all the way into a second place tie with just one rescheduled game remaining.
The Impact kicked off their critical two-game set with a 2-1 win over the North York Cosmos. Karly Hellstrom netted both Sudbury goals.
On Sunday, keeper Josée Scott registered her fifth shutout of the season while call-up Chelsie Sargeant netted her second goal in three games with the team. Sarah Cholewinsky played the timely cross to set-up Sargeant for the game-winning goal as the Impact edged Newmarket 1-0.
With the win, the Sudbury crew ensured they would avoid relegation, guaranteeing their spot in Level 3 play for the 2013 season.
Surrendering just two goals over their last six games, the back-line defence crew of Alyssa Charsley, Chloe Coulombe, Allison Byrnes, Emma McDougall, Sarah Istvandi and Kaitlyn Rocca were outstanding, yet again, keeping almost all chances to outside the 18-yard box.
The sole remaining game for Sudbury is to replace a game with the Oshawa Kicks that was called just before half-time, due to lightning, earlier this summer. However, with Oshawa maintaining a firm hold on first place with a record of 9-1-1, and the Impact now mathematically avoiding finishing in either seventh or eighth place, it is quite likely the contest will not be replayed.