2016 OPDL League Champions... AYSC '01 Girls

OPDL 2001 Girls

The Aurora ’01 Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) Girls made a big impression in 2016 last year… in their League, in the Province and the US.  They were the first team in OPDL history to go undefeated (17 wins; 3 ties; 0 losses) as they captured the U15 OPDL Girls Championship. 

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Head Coach Siamac Kavianpour, Assistant Coach Alyanna James, and Keeper Coach Don Ferguson were amazing.  They led the girls to a record producing 74 goals for, and only 10 goals against the team, including 9 shut-outs.  Yes, the keepers, Joanna Redlich and Meaghan Phillips deserve credit for a great year too.  Also, the girls improved their fitness level, learned how to prevent injury and recovered from injuries efficiently under the direction of Dr. Carlo D’Emilio and Dr. Milad Mohib from Athletic Rehabilitation & Conditioning (ARC), the Clubs’ partner in Sports Performance.

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The girls have bought into the possession style of play that Coach Siamac has been teaching over the last 3 years and this has become a core strength for players on this team.  With the support of their team-mates, Courtney Chochol led the team and the Division with 19 goals while Markela Bejleri was named the AYSC 2016 OPDL Player of the Year.  The success of this team on and off the field is truly a ‘team effort’.

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At the Provincial level our team was the most highly represented in the OSA Provincial Projects.  Thirteen Players were asked to attend the November screening, 9 made it through to the top 40, and 5 were selected to play in the Ontario v Quebec tournament. One player, Olivia Scott, went on to play for the Canadian National Team in the U15 CONCACAF Championship in Orlando Florida.

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US Universities took notice of our team when they played in the Umbro Showcase in May and the CASL Showcase in December.  As a result of these showcases 19 Coaches, 17 of which are from NCAA Division 1 schools located in 15 different States, have expressed specific interest and asked for calls from our players.  Forty-Eight expressions of interest have been made by these Coaches.  A number of these Coaches have attended our practices and games during the 2016 OPDL season as well.  Three players have now committed to Universities on the promise of full-ride scholarship and many of our players continue to be actively recruited.

2017 looks bright for OPDL League Champion AYSC ’01 Girls

After an exceptional year in 2016 the ’01 AYSC OPDL Girls are anticipating a busy year of development and competition. 

Thirteen players were selected for the November Provincial Screening; 11 of our 2017 roster have been selected to the Provincial top 40 for the 2017 U16 Provincial Team, and 3 are being screened for the 2017 U18 Canada Games Provincial Team.  In addition, we expect a few to be selected for the U17 National Team Pool in 2017.

With University soccer scholarships being an important part of the future of these players, connecting with Colleges and Universities remains active during the first part of 2017.  Our team is currently scheduled to play friendly games vs the Western University Mustangs and the Quinnipiac University Bobcats.  Other friendlies are expected with at least two other US University teams in the near future.  In addition to the 20+ game season in the OPDL, the team will be participating in Showcase tournaments in 2017 to help provide visibility to this talented group.

Thanks to the ongoing support of the Coaches, fitness and conditioning staff, club office and an outstanding parent group, the future looks very bright for this team.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2017 17:50