Aug 29, 2012- 2:55 PM
The team went three for three when it came to out-of-town competitions, dominating in the vast majority of games they played.
The locals capped the outstanding stretch of soccer action in Niagara Falls earlier this month, posting four consecutive shutouts as keeper Korey Bodson did not allow a single goal against.
Opening against the host team, Madison Laberge set the tone for the Rocks weekend, turning quickly and firing a shot from outside the box that somehow managed to find the top corner.
The Sudbury girls did not slow down, as Olivia Legendre fed a ball between the Niagara defenders, allowing Amy Vis to redirect nicely with her left foot, with Valery Scarrow also displaying a deft passing touch throughout the encounter.
The Rocks made it two straight wins with a 4-0 whitewash of Dixie of Mississauga, as Arianne Saumure and Laberge teamed up to give Sudbury a 3-0 lead before the game was 10 minutes old. Crystale Trottier provided a bookend to the attack, converting on a second-half penalty kick.
By the time game three rolled around, the competition was becoming more fierce.
Driving hard to the net, Isabella Cantin scored the game's only goal, allowing the northern crew to secure first place with a 1-0 win over Sarnia.
To the surprise of very few, the same two teams met in the final, with Sudbury full measure for an impressive 3-0 win in the championship encounter.
Great ball distribution by the likes of Madison Bergh and Legendre, and a similar accurate touch on a free kick by Mackenzie Watkins would lead directly to goals as the young ladies finished with a near-flawless weekend.
The tournament victory in Niagara Falls followed an equally impressive performance in Huntsville in July as the Rocks outscored their opponents 18-1 along the way.
Helping to create offensive chances through her aggressive play, Paige Savard was rewarded with a handful of goals while Jasmine Therrien, Kendra MacMillan and Kaitlyn Chevrier anchored a backline that held opponents' opportunities to a bare minimum.
The die was cast for this group in Bracebridge in June. Competing in a U-11/U-12 division, the U-11 local squad went undefeated over a five-game span, slipping past Oakville 2-1 in the grand finale.
Battling back from a 1-0 deficit, the Rocks scored the game-winning goal with roughly one minute to play as McKenna Creswell carried the ball down the line, sending a beautiful cross that Trottier converted with a very accurate one-touch ball.