The U12A soccer team capped a successful season with a 2-0 victory over Crescent School in the CISAA final after experiencing some fierce resistance from their fellow students (the U12B team) in a qualifying group game on a cold and wet fall day.
Facing a tricky local derby against the U12B team in their opening game, the boys started well and looked in complete control in the opening exchanges, taking an early lead. However, their classmates fought back with a spirited display and equalised before half time. The A team again took the lead before surrendering the advantage to a scrambled equaliser. Both teams settled for a draw and the chance to secure qualification for the final with a convincing win in their second game.
With the B team managing only a tie against Toronto French School, the As know a win would secure their place in the final. Perhaps more relaxed than against thier peers, UCC played a more controlled possession game and eased to an early 2-0 lead before adding a third to secure the result.
Facing Crescent in the final, UCCA agains started well, playing perhaps their best 10 minutes of the season when it mattered most. Spencer MacInnes calmly finished to make it 1-0, then Jack O’Brien followed-up on a well-saved shot to provide a 2-goal cushion. The Blues controlled the remainder of the game, with some classy transitions around the defence, hard work and great technical skills in the centre of midfield, and numerous attacking options generated from the wide midfielders/wingers and central strikers. A well-deserved 2-0 victory rounded off a hugely successful season. Kudos to the U12B team for being the toughest opponent in a dominant 6-0-1 season, with 24 goals scored and only 3 conceded.