The Ares White Team is off to a excellent start of the 2019 Summer season. The U16 Boys finished second in both the Admiral Invitational (organized by Cherry Beach Soccer Club), and the Frank Sobil Classic (organized by Oshawa Kicks Soccer Club). This means that Ares White, since becoming part of Olympic Flame Soccer Club, has reached three Finals in the four tournaments entered, plus a Semi-final.
Over the Easter weekend, Ares White won its group during the Admiral tournament in Toronto, tying Asante Academy (0-0) and beating Whitby SC (3-0) as well as Wexford (2-1). During the last game especially the play was excellent. In the Final on Easter Sunday, the game v. Asante was close. For the second time, we had the upper hand in regulation time, but again the goal did not materialize. In the penalty shot series, which went all they way to the 9th player, Asante eked out the 7-6 win.
Past Mother’s Day weekend, we built on the excellent play from three weeks before. On Saturday, against another Whitby team, Ares White built a confident 2-0 lead, which was cut in half close to the end, but the win was never in doubt. Again, we saved our best play for the best opponent, because after that West Rouge put up a good fight – nevertheless we prevailed 1-0.
Having secured a place in the semi-final, our last group game on Sunday morning was not played at top speed. We therefore drew against arguably the weakest opponent in the group, but secured the group stage win either way. An optimally motivated Ares White team returned for the semi-final, which was convincingly won over North Mississauga. Especially impressive was the full commitment the entire team displayed, despite the dreary weather. That definitely made the difference.
By the time our fifth game of the weekend rolled around, Ares White had turned into a squad of many walking wounded. We nevertheless started strong against Northumberland, a reputable team from Durham region. With less than an hour between games, we could not recover from two fast goals just when we started to get the upper hand. Northumberland was the deserved Champion, and a team that was very pleasant to face on top (sportsmanlike players, positive coaching).
Ares White looks forward very much to the start of the 2019 Outdoor season, on May 23 v. Weston Soccer club. We aim for the top in the competitive TSA Tier 2 League.