Erin Mills Fighting Eagles G96A @ OC Semi Final in Ottawa, August 2013
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2013 OYSL West Standings - FINAL
|Y-London Norwest Wildcats||15||5||9||1||16||24||24||0|
|Y-Erin Mills Fighting Eagles||15||5||9||1||16||22||34||-12|
|Z-North London Galaxy||15||3||10||2||11||9||33||-24|
|Z-St. Catherines Jets||15||2||9||4||10||13||33||-20|
X-Clinched division title
Y-OYSL Eligible for 2014
*-Won East-West Playoff game - Burlington 3, Capital United 2
Teams eligible for 96G OYSL in 2014 are North Mississauga Panthers A and Waterloo United B in the West, and Woodbridge Strikers and Ottawa South United Force in the East.
OC Final: Fighting Eagles lose to Burlington Bayhawks
Unfortunately, David could not beat Goliath. The “Miracle on Pitch”, fashioned after the U.S. Men’s Hockey team “Miracle on Ice” victory in the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, did not happen. In the U17 Girls Ontario Cup Final, played at Oshawa’s Civic Stadium Saturday afternoon, the Erin Mills Fighting Eagles fell short and were defeated 3-0 by the Burlington Bayhawks. Two goals in the first half and one in the second sealed the victory for the Bayhawks, who now go on to represent Ontario at CSA Club National championships in St. John’s NL in October.
The Bayhawks controlled most of the game throughout and were full value for their win. Their 1st half goals were scored by each of their main strikers, and were what you would call “goal-scorer” goals. The Eagles mounted a little pressure to start the 2nd half, and a shot by Maila C. (verification as to who the shooter was is required here) curled over and beat the Burlington ‘keeper, but glanced off the crossbar and was cleared away. A goal at this point would have pulled the Eagles to within one of the Bayhawks, and may have changed the course of the game, but Burlington rallied and regained the initiative they held for the vast majority of the game. Once they scored their 3rd goal, midway through the 2nd half, the outcome was no longer in doubt, and Burlington was crowned Ontario U17 Girls champions.’
Though the end result was disappointing, the Fighting Eagles did make it to the Finals, their 2nd in 3 years, and can take solace in that fact. The team now finishes off its OYSL season against Ajax at home and Capital United in Ottawa.
OC Semi: Fighting Eagles defeat Oshawa Kicks 1-0, advance to Ontario Cup Final
The Erin Mills Fighting Eagles advanced to the Ontario Cup U17 Girls Final with a 1-0 victory over the Oshawa Kicks at Terry Fox Athletic Field in Ottawa Saturday Aug. 24. The Eagles goal came in the 20th minute. Celine D. lobbed a long cross from the left side of midfield to a streaking Jackie G. on the far right flank. Jackie G. controlled the ball behind the Kicks defense, took a couple of steps towards goal with the ball, and then struck a low shot past the Kicks ‘keeper for the lead.
After the goal, the Kicks came on and took control of the game, the only time they did so, and appeared to have scored the equalizing goal about 10 minutes later. However, the goal came when a Kicks striker kicked the ball loose from ‘keeper Allyson B.’s hands after she had covered it up making a save, and then tapped it into the net. This prompted an immediate protest from Allyson B. and several other players on the Eagles, and the referee, appearing uncertain about the call on the field, consulted first with the assistant referee on that side of the field before finally waving off the goal. There was little protest about the final call from Kicks players or coaching staff.
After this, the Eagles regained their composure, and though not dominant, controlled most of the play for the rest of the game. A few close misses by Erin Mills prevented them from increasing their lead from the 1 goal margin. Though Oshawa had the odd scoring chance here and there through the rest of the game, they were never able to mount any sustained pressure on the Eagles.
Next up for the Eagles is the Ontario Cup Final, to be played in Oshawa Saturday Sept. 7 against the Burlington Bayhawks. Burlington won a thrilling match against Glen Shields Sun Devils 3-2 on penalty kicks (1-1 tie in regulation time) with plenty of drama both in the game and in the penalty kick phase.
Fighting Eagles advance in Ontario Cup play
The Erin Mills Fighting Eagles advanced in the U17G Ontario Cup tournament, winning their group in the searing heat and humidity in Port Perry this past weekend. Though tied on points with Ajax FC Red after round robin play, the team advanced on the better goal differential attained in their other two group games. As Group 4 winner, the Eagles get a bye directly into the semi-final game, to be played at the Terry Fox Center in Ottawa Saturday August 24th. There they will meet the winner of the North London Galaxy - Oshawa Red Devil quarter-final match, to be played Sunday August 11 in Oshawa.
The Eagles started the round robin portion of the tournament with a game against the Oak Ridge Knights. Undermanned, the Knights eventually wilted to the heat and to the constant steady attack of Erin Mills, and came out on the short end of an 8-0 score. This despite some solid goalkeeping nonetheless by the Oak Ridge goalkeeper.
As expected, the next game, pitting the Eagles against Ajax FC Red, another OYSL team, was the one that was going to decide the group winner. Playing effectively 3 players down due to injury and illness, Erin Mills fell behind 2-0 in the 2nd half, and in the heat gave little indication that a comeback was in the cards. However, with about 20 minutes to play, they worked the ball around effectively in the offensive zone, where Alanna B. converted the end of the play into a goal. Suddenly, just like that, the Eagles were down just a goal and were back in the game. The girls kept working the ball forward and taking chances, and finally with about 8 minutes to play Maila C. found herself in the box with the ball with an unobstructed path to the net, and one shot later game was tied. The Eagles hung on and preserved the 2-2 draw.
Going into their last game on Sunday, Erin Mills held a +3 goal differential advantage vs. Ajax, and the Ajax team was playing just before the Eagles. Though they scored on 1 goal in the first half, Ajax won 7-0 against Oak Ridges. So, the Eagles knew that to win the group outright they had to win by more than 4 goals. Their opponent in their last game was the Mississauga Falcons, and the girls got off to a good start by scoring in the first minute of the game. They led 2-0 at the half, and pressured the Falcons throughout. Knowing what they had to do to win, the Eagles pressed even more, and eventually scored 4 more goals in the 2nd half, winning the game 6-0 and gaining the upper hand in the goal difference tie-breaker.
Pedal Power Spin-a-thon in support of Hats Off 2 Kidz Leukemia Research
On Sunday, March 24, the Erin Mills Fighting Eagles girls participated in Carpe Diem Fitness annual Pedal Power 2013 Spinathon, in support of the Hats Off 2 Kidz Leukemia Research program, a research initiative of Sick Kids Hospital. The girls pedalled stationary bicycles at the fitness and wellness center (where they trained weekly, alternating between spinning and yoga, through most of the winter) for 75 minutes, and together from pledges and contributions they raised a total of $2815 for the cause. Congratulations to our young ladies for their efforts, both in fundraising and in spinning, for this very worthy endeavor.
The Erin Mills Fighting Eagles with Patches, the Hats off 2 Kidz Mascot
GREAT PLAYING SOCCER TOGETHER ALL THESE YEARS!
BEST OF LUCK!