AYSC 1997 Stinger Boys - 2013 OSA PROVINCIAL INDOOR CHAMPIONS!!
When Coach Phil D’Elia told the boys that playing this winter in the year older division would prepare them for the 2013 season, he didn’t realize how early in the year the team would reap the rewards. The Ontario Indoor Cup preliminary round was played just 3 days into the new year pitting the 97 boys against Erin Mills, Brampton and Mt Hamilton with only the winner of the division moving forward. Adapting quickly to the surprising six a side format the boys prevailed easily over Erin Mills and Brampton 4-1 and 5-0 respectively before dismissing a plucky Mt Hamilton squad 2-1 to move onto the next round. Finding themselves in the tougher division they played a stellar all round game against London Marconi winning handily 4-0 on two goals from Alex Rasiga and one each by Brady Reil and Duncan Allen. The stingers failed to find the back of the net in their next game against Brampton East losing a close one nothing game. In their final round robin match they needed nothing less than a win to advance against an unbeaten Nepean Hotspurs Team. Nepean held to their solid defensive style of play, thwarting attack after attack by the Stingers possession style game. Missing two open nets it seemed that it was game over for the Stingers when Duncan Allen found himself behind the defense with the ball at his feet and only minutes left on the clock. A deft pass to a wide open Brady Reil and a technical finish meant the boys were off to the Semi Finals the following day with a 1-0 win and control of their division. The Semi Finals saw the boys face the “Giant Killers” Mississauga Falcons who had knocked out two OYSL teams in their preliminary round. Clearly outmatched the stingers were up 2-0 on goals by Brady Reil and Alex Rasiga before giving up an unfortunate own goal late in the game. The Finals found the Stingers matching up against the defensive Neapean Hotspurs once again. Nepean’s counter attack style found them with a couple of glorious chances against the run of play only to be matched by some outstanding goal tending by Stefano Mercuri in the first half. Confidence continued to rise with the Stingers dominant ball control in the second half. Set up by a clinical overlapping run and pass by Jeremy Iu, Brady Reil once again found the back of the net. Not finished there, Jeremy Iu scored a “cracker” of a goal off a free kick a few minutes later as the boys celebrated as PROVINCIAL INDOOR CHAMPIONS.
AYSC U14 Boys Team 1 - 2012 CSL CUP CHAMPIONS!!
Aurora U14 Boys Team 1 brought home the Central Soccer League Cup against a strong Wexford Team. Jacob Smetana struck first giving Aurora the lead, however Wexford fought back and tied the game in the second half. After playing to a 1-1 draw, the game went to a shootout. Aurora claimed victory when Conor Braund, Jacob Smetana, and Adam Morgan scored on the first three penalty kicks while keeper Jonathan Boccia shut down the Wexford team. Aurora reached the final after defeating Glen Shields 5 - 3, North Toronto Nitros 4 - 2, and Richmond Hill Black 3 - 2.
U15 ALLSTAR BOYS....2012….GETTING THE JOB DONE!!
With a team containing both U14 and U15 boys this remarkable team just kept getting better due to the players training hard and then working hard on the field at game time. Due to a lack of tournaments in their own age group the boys continually had to play in the U16 age group tournaments, but they never questioned the fact they kept playing older teams they just got on with the next game in hand.
Back in July the Boys entered the Lake Simcoe Tournament and although they had a great weekend they eventually lost 2-1 in the final to the talented and older Darlington team…but they were close and this was just a sign of what was to come.
The Boys then played at the North Mississauga Tournament and after fighting the elements, the tournament was delayed for half a day, they put in two solid days of soccer. A testament to this team, they played five games scored six goals and only let in two. They were good all over the field, they dug deep and battled hard to eventually win the U16 division by beating Waterloo in a well played final.
The Mississauga Tournament win was followed up by a great showing in our own John Traginitis Tournament. Taking top place in their U15 division the boys then had to play the very strong and eventual tournament champions Darlington U16 team in the semi-finals. It proved too much for the boys and their home town tournament was over.
Finishing out the season the boys attended the Albert Campbell Tournament in Scarborough and again they proved their quality but eventually fell to the tournament winners again….yes the very talented U16 Brampton team.
The season was over and so was an era as coaches Rio Speller-Drews and Chris Speller informed the boys they wouldn’t be back to coach the Allstar team for 2013, but they did invite the players to try out for their new team the 97B Boys Rep Team. Thanks go out to all the players for making this a great season and also to the parents for supporting the boys and getting them to the games on time.
Go Stingers Allstars Go!!!
Aurora Stingers U17 Girls - Win 46th Robbie International Tournament
Returning to The Robbie in 2012 was like taking care of some unfinished business.
In 2011 the girls played as U16’s in the U17/18 division and eventually lost in the Final. This year playing as U17’s in that same division the girls went one better and won their final game to become Champions in this prestigious tournament.
Saturday the girls entered round robin play and had a great day beating Waterloo United 2-0 and then beating Mavericks Sports Club from Barbados 5-0. Sunday wasn’t quite the same story as the girls gave up a 1-0 lead in the last minute of the game to tie West Rouge 94’s 1-1. The final game of the round robin was played Sunday afternoon and with other results working in their favour both Aurora and Unionville had already qualified for the Monday final. At the same time as the Euro Final was being contested, the teams played a shortened friendly game – which Unionville won 2-0.
On to Monday afternoon and the teams are at Birchmount Stadium. The players are lined up at half and individually introduced to the crowd over the speaker system, followed by the Canadian National Anthem, and then the 3:00pm kick off.
AFTER A CAUTIOUS START THE FINAL WAS WON CONVINCINGLY BY THE AURORA STINGERS, BEATING UNIONVILLE 4-0. This fine group of girls totally dominated the game with a nice possession and passing game. They also maintained a high level of intensity despite the very hot weather - overall a great team effort. Two goals were scored by Aurora MVP of the game Rio Speller-Drews and one from each of Anna Sophia Vollmerhausen and Jamie Dobson. That, combined with a shutout from Lysianne Trottier, and the unfinished business from the previous year had been taken care of. It was a great tournament to participate in and then win.
Congratulations to all the players on the 1995 Aurora Stingers!
U16 Girls Allstars - 2012 John Traganitis Tournament Champions
The U16 girls entered the John Trag tournament hoping to end the season on a high note. After a win against Pickering and a loss against Peterborough in the first two games, the girls needed a win or a tie
against Darlington in their final round-robin game to advance to the finals. After falling behind 1-0 things weren’t looking good until a solidly struck penalty kick in the dying minutes evened the score and sent the team to the finals, and a rematch against Peterborough.
The two teams were very evenly matched, as evidenced by the fact that no goals were scored in either the 50 minutes of regulation time, or the 10 minutes of overtime. The teams proceeded to penalty kicks and after 5 kicks apiece, the teams were still tied at 3-3. The team’s 6th kick was successful while Peterborough’s attempt was denied, sending everybody home happy.
For the record, the team entered 5 tournaments this season and came away as champions in three and as finalists in the fourth.
Congratulations on a fantastic season!
Aurora Stingers Claim Gold at International Tourney
BLAINE, Minn. (July 21, 2012) – Opponents of the Aurora Stingers Blue under-11 girls soccer team have long known the efficiency of the squad, as it has marched unscathed through recent seasons.
Now, the United States is getting in on the not-so-well guarded secret of the York Region Soccer League Premier Division team that has won every game since starting competitive soccer at the under-8 level. The Stingers rode a penalty kick goal by Adrienne Abbaglido in the first half and shutout goalkeeping by Meaghan Phillips to a 2-0 victory over the Alaska Eclipse (Fairbanks) in the championship game of the prestigious Schwan’s USA Cup tournament in Blaine, Minnesota Saturday. Emily Lazenby was credited with a second-half goal to complete the Stingers’ offence. It was the seventh consecutive win for Aurora at the tournament, including a sweep of four pool games in which the Stingers outscored opponents 19-0. After a 4-0 victory over the Cook Island (Alaska) Velocity in the quarter-final round, Aurora survived a semifinal scare against Hawaii’s Kapolei Aces for a 3-2 victory after falling behind 2-0 by halftime.
The tournament is billed as the largest soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere, with 958 teams and more than 14,000 athletes from 16 nations participating in the week-long event. “It’s a pretty unique experience,” Aurora head coach Brent Unger said Tuesday. “It’s incredible ... Even as you’re coaching, there’s another guy in another language nearby coaching his team.”
In other action, the Stingers dropped a 4-0 decision to Japan’s Tokiwagi Gauken High School from Sendai in the final of the under-16 category. The Japanese broke away with three goals in the second half after taking a 1-0 lead in the first. [Era Banner - July 26, 2012]
The 2001 Aurora Stingers went undefeated in all 7 games meeting teams from all over including a tough Semi Final with Hawaii, and the Finals against an Alaskan team.
Victory was sweet and the team was presented with new Puma Cleats, Track Bags, Hardware, and a huge trophy! Well done Stingers!!
U9 Boys Allstars - Win 2012 Lake Simcoe Tournament
Today we played the team that we tied with yesterday in the round robin. The game was very similar to yesterday's with the same scoreline, turn of events,as they took the lead then we tied and pulled ahead,only to give up the tying goal like yesterday, in the last minute...
We prevailed in the nerve wrecking penalty shoot-out and we should all be very proud of our boys the way they competed. The coaching staff was especially pleased with our improvement in the positioning, marking opponents in the defensive zone, the way they paid attention to instructions before and during the game and challenging for the ball.
5:1 over markdale; 2:2 tie vs darlington; 2:1 win vs stouffville;
2:2 in the final vs Darlington – regulation time, Stingers take it 2:1 in a shoot out.