It would have been easy for the Under 10 Pickering Girls Strikers to be cocky going into the Lake Simcoe Soccer Club Tournament on September 8, 9. These girls won this tournament last year without having a goal scored against them. They finished their Central East Soccer League season in first place in the Under 10 Girls West Division. They had come off a championship win in the CESL Cup Tournament two weeks before this. The girls would like to book end the season this year, as they did last year. Last year, they were COVI and LSSC tournament champs and this year, they won the COVI tournament at the start of this year’s season. That only left the LSSC trophy to go. The Pickering Strikers also knew that every other team in the tournament wanted to go home with the champion’s trophy. Each game of the tournament had to be played full out to come out on top.
During the round robin play, the Strikers wowed the West End Wild Cats with a 3 – 0 shut out in the first game. Kailey Steinhausen, Nicole McMillen and Jamila Thombs scored big and Madison Taylor earned a well-deserved shut out.
Anticipating a physical game against the Erin Mills Eagles, in the second game, Pickering held their own with a 3 – 1 win. Defensive players Stephanie Tannis, Ashna Ganeshan, Fiona Leung, and Nikalya Rodney kept the Eagles away from the net, only allowing a goal off a penalty kick. Steinhausen, McMillen and Tannis put the ball into Erin Mills’ net.
The final round robin game solidfied the Strikers place in the finals with a 6 – 0 win over the Bradford Eagles. Megan Doll earned a hat trick; Jamila Thombs put 2 on the board and Sara Scholefield scored one goal.
The final championship game was against the Whitby Roadrunners whom the Pickering Strikers met in their league play. A 1 -1 nail-biter first half with a goal by Sara Scholefield hept the fans at the edge of their seats. Scholefield ended the anxiety with 2 more goals in the second half giving the Strikers the LSSC Champions trophy for the second year in a row.
The Pickering Striker team for the tournament included Kailey Steinhausen, Shalena Ackerman, Megan Doll, Sara Scholefield, Ashna Ganeshan, Nicole McMillen, Nicole Laing, Fiona Leung, Stephanie Tannis, Nikalya Rodney, Madison Taylor and guest players, Jamila Thombs and Julia Gonsalves.
The Under 10 Girls Pickering Strikers are excited to move into Division One play in the Under 11 season next year, with the help of the coaching staff: Gene Gesauldo, Krish Ganeshan; Bill Scholefield, manager; and Shannon Gesauldo, trainer.