The Sault's U-15 Civic Girls came home winless but represented the Northern Region quite well at this past weekend's Ontario Summer Games. The Sault squad opened Friday's round-robin action with a tough 2-1 loss to the Nepean Hotspurs Octane.
Sarah VanBoerdonk's second half goal knotted the game at one apiece but a late Nepean marker off a well-placed corner kick earned them the victory. Fridays second game saw the Civics suffer a 6-0 loss to the Burlington Bayhawks who led by four at the half.
Saturday's action saw the Sault give up two early goals five minutes into the contest as they were unable to rebound and were defeated 3-1 by the Vaughan Azzurri. Mercedes Ryan had the lone second half goal in the loss.
Despite the three setbacks, Coach Jaime Amaral was pleased with the team's effort and noted that the experience of playing against the top teams in the province will enable the girls to take the next step in understanding what's required for competing at the top provincial level.
Being led out to the games opening ceremonies at Toronto's Varsity Stadium by recent Olympic bronze medallist Diana Matheson and being amongst 2,500 other athletes was an unforgettable memory for the girls.
Next action for the U-15 Civics will be this weekend when the WOYSL's Guelph Royals visit Tom Tipton Field for games Saturday and Sunday. Game times are 5:00 p.m and 9:00 a.m respectively.