With the Woolwich Invitational Soccer Tournament just around the corner, a couple of the Wolf Pack’s top squads are rounding into form.
The under-13 (U13) girls black team in particular, has impressed this season, posting an unbeaten record in league play. The group is strong on both sides of the pitch, featuring top scorer Alliyah Rowe who has already notched 30 goals in eight matches, and goalie Makayla Farquharson, whose four clean sheets puts her in a tie for top spot amongst league keepers.
The team’s list of accomplishments this year is remarkable, including wins at: The Scrooge Christmas Indoor Tournament, St. Patrick’s Day Ancaster Indoor Tournament, Oshawa Frank Sobil Tournament, Kalamazoo Michigan Invitational Showcase, Robbie Toronto International Tournament, and the Cambridge Heritage Tournament.
The girls have also advanced to the quarter finals of the Ontario Cup, which will take place in Elmira on August 9.
Team manager John Tsilogianis says the team’s success is the result of years of hard work.
“Basically this group has been together since U9-U10,” Tsilogianis explained. “I think the years they have spent together and the great coaching they receive has allowed them to blossom into one of the best teams in Ontario.”
As the season ramps up and play gets more competitive- the league recently split into two categories, with the Wolf Pack’s Black squad earning a spot in the premier division- the girls have increased their efforts.
“Over the past few weeks we have been practicing twice a day, four times a week,” Tsilogianis said. “We’ve gone above and beyond what the protocol is because they do want to get better. It is a great bunch of young ladies that strives to be the best they can be. They listen to their coaches and they do the best job that they can to represent Woolwich well.”
On the boys side, the U15 club has struggled in league play, with two wins, one tie and seven losses. However, the group has shown promise of late, capturing a tournament in St. Thomas and blanking Owen Sound 2-0 on July 28.