OSU 2000 Girls Force Academy are the New Ontario Provincial Champions
In a first for Ottawa soccer, The Ottawa South United 2000 Girls Force Academy Black completed a fantastic soccer season winning their league, the ERSL Cup and the Province. The team dominated league play, compiling a record of 14-0, with a league high goal differential of 83. A similar story took place in ERSL Cup competition, scoring 24 goals and giving up none in four matches. The road to the Ontario Cup championship, however, proved a tougher task. The team won the tournament round in convincing fashion with 4 wins. In the quarter-finals, the team faced a highly-regarded Whitby squad and managed to come away with a well-earned 3-1 victory. A resilient Eastside Kickers team held the girls to a narrow 1-0 win in the semi-final match. This win set the Ontario Cup Final match between OSU and the Stoney Creek Battalion at the Oshawa Civic Stadium on Saturday. The team had faced the talented Stoney Creek Battalion squad at a tournament earlier in the season and were defeated 3-0. However, the team had gained a lot of experience during the season and had customized their training sessions in preparation for the final. Sporting identical 14-0 records in their individual leagues going into the match, the Championship game ended regulation time in a 1-1 draw, requiring the winner to be decided by penalty kicks. In the end, the Force girls prevailed, winning 3-1 in kicks from the mark. The team became the first Ottawa team to win a girl’s provincial soccer championship in decades.
Congratulations to the girls, Alison, Becky, Emily, Jordyn, Kaleigh, Kathleen, Kory, Logan, Marita, Mei Mei, Melissa, Mollie, Nina, Odessa, Shivani, Sydney, Vanessa and our call-up's Ariel, Carmen and Olivia for an amazing season. Thanks also to our coaches Widdgin, Hilary and Paul, our trainers Kathy and Wendy, and our managers Jane and Joanne for an unprecedented season for an Ottawa team.
OSU President Bill Michalopulos added that this “significant success by the Force 2000’s as well as our Force 97’s boys’ victory over the Toronto FC Academy to win the OYSL league, represents a tangible and measurable step forward for youth soccer in Ottawa. Occurring on OSU’s 10th Year Anniversary as a new club, it’s a testament to the targeted and relentless efforts of OSU to provide the very best for youth soccer development in Canada.”