The U10A soccer team entered the CISAA Championships at the Toronto French School ranked second in the division. Our first opponent was a strong Sterling Hall side who had several very gifted goal scorers and defenders. UCC came out strong with a lot of possession and many scoring chances but were unable to find the net. Sterling Hall eventually opened the score with a great goal. UCC stuck to their game plan of great team defense followed by a strong counter attack and managed to tie the game with a great shot from distance. The game was a back-and-forth battle with powerful shots and even better saves by both sides. UCC finally capped-off the win with an amazing goal that was the result of 3 crisp passes starting from the defense.
Our second match was against Crescent, another strong opponent who also won their first game. The winner would move on to play in the finals. Once again, UCC controlled the play from the beginning with great passing and even better team defense. Unfortunately, our missed opportunities resulted in a goal by Crescent who took the lead going into the second half. UCC remained calm and played their game and eventually gained a 2-1 lead. However, with only a short amount of time left, an unfortunate deflection led to an own goal and Crescent managed to tie the game. This misfortune quickly became a stroke of genius as the tie meant that both UCC and Crescent would have a rematch in the CISAA Championship Finals.
The final game against Crescent was a back and forth nail biter with both teams exchanging chances on goal and both goaltenders making amazing saves. With the game tied going into the last shift of the game, UCC managed to find the net from a set piece corner kick. It was a very exciting game and both teams should be proud of their effort.
Winning the title was the icing on the cake for an amazing season. More importantly, the boys learned to be great teammates who always supported each other and developed a never-give-up attitude. They were gracious winners who carried themselves well and should be commended for their exhibition of character.
Thank you again to all the parents who came out to support the boys all season. We couldn’t have done it without you.