The Woolwich Youth Soccer Club has posted another tournament win – this time coming from the U14 boys’ Western Region Soccer League team.
The team headed south to Ancaster for the annual Heritage Days Tournament, facing teams from London, Hamilton, Waterloo, Thorold and Guelph. The boys took top spot in their age group. It was a big accomplishment, says team manager Jeff Brethauer.
“We were quite happy with that. It was a big tournament there. There were about 200 teams through all the age groups, so it was a really high-level tournament,” he said.
Brethauer credits the excellent teamwork from the boys for getting them to the gold medal.
“There weren’t any really big plays, I think it was just that we won the championship after a hard fought battle with Guelph,” he said. “We were playing teams that were above us and we did quite well against everybody there.”
The tournament started with a three-game round robin portion, with the Woolwich Wolfpack finishing with two wins and a loss. They won their semi-final game, and went on to face Guelph in the championship.
First, they faced the Guelph Royals, which resulted in a 1-1 tie. Next up was the Hamilton United Elite Regional team, where they lost 2-1. The final game in the round robin was again the Waterloo United. Woolwich won with a score of 1-0.
The gold medal game, against the Guelph Royals, saw only one goal and it was for Woolwich. The game ended with a 1-0 score, clinching the gold for the Wolfpack.
Brethauer says it was all about the boys putting in their best effort.
“It was just that we have 18 boys on the team and all of them just came together and played with the team. We had to use a backup keeper, because our keeper was injured, and he did great for us. Everyone just played excellently as a team,” he said.
Next up for the U14 boys is the Ontario Cup this coming weekend. The team will face 12,000 other players from soccer clubs from all over the province in 22 divisions. They don’t get a break, heading to the Robbie Tournament, an international tournament on Canada Day weekend, to face teams from around the world in Toronto.