Upper Canada College’s U13A soccer team came up just short of winning its seventh Canadian Accredited Independent Schools’ U13 Soccer Tournament championship in nine years over the weekend.
The 16-team tournament, hosted by St. John’s-Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg, began on Oct. 20. UCC got off to a roaring start with three wins over its Group A opponents: 6-1 vs. Ashbury College (Ottawa); 6-1 vs. Holy Trinity School (Richmond Hill, Ont.); and 4-0 vs. Collingwood School (West Vancouver).
Day two matched the top eight teams in pool play to get down to a top four. The Blues’ first opponent was Glenlyon Norfolk School from Victoria. The game was hard fought from beginning to end, with UCC coming out on top by a score of 1-0. Next up was the host team, whose fans helped rally their boys to score a late goal, resulting in a 1-1 final. A win was needed in UCC’s third game of the day against Vancouver’s St. George’s School to advance in the tournament, and the team didn’t disappoint. The boys played a spirited game and came away with a 4-1 victory.
UCC’s Saturday morning semi-final match pitted it against Collingwood School again, and there was a similar result, with the Blues winning 6-1.
That set the stage for another rematch, this time against Glenlyon Norfolk School, in the final. UCC won the first game 1-0 and battled hard again in the second match, which was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time. That required the teams to play an additional 20 minutes to determine a winner. In the end, and despite creating numerous scoring chances, the Blues lost 2-1 and earned a silver medal.
“We are very proud of how well the U13A soccer team represented UCC,” says coach Gareth Evans. “While on the field the boys were regularly commended for their performance and sportsmanship, and while touring the city local residents of Winnipeg were happy to comment on their positive behaviour.”