Saturday was a big one for most of Upper Canada College’s Prep soccer teams, as their seasons came to an end with Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association tournaments.
UCC’s U12B team had an undefeated regular season and beat Crescent School’s U12A team 5-0 in the semi-finals. The school’s U12A team defeated Royal St. George’s College 3-1 in the other semi-final game. That set up an all-UCC final that was a closely contested match, but when the final whistle blew it was the A team that emerged on top with a 2-0 win.
“While the A team were fully deserving of their title after playing some impressive soccer, especially in the last two weeks, the B team should perhaps be considered the biggest success story of the season, beating some strong teams to the second place spot and giving the A team a closer game than they should on paper,” says U12A coach Mark Baxter.
“The coaches of the two teams spoke to the boys during tryouts in September about how hard team selection would be this season with the large number of talented players. The strength in depth has been well illustrated by the performance of the two U12 teams this season.”
The U13A team won its semi-final match 5-0 over St. Andrew’s College and the U13B team defeated Crescent in a shootout in its semi-final. That set up another all-UCC final that, appropriately, was played at the College. The A team claimed the championship with a 4-0 victory.
The U13A team finished its season with 13 wins, one tie and three losses. The boys generated 64 goals for and 18 against. In addition to the CISAA championship, the team members claimed silver medals at the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools’ U13 Soccer Tournament.
The U11B team finished its season on a high by winning the U11B tournament at Country Day School. UCC won its semi-final match 1-0 over The Sterling Hall School and then defeated Bayview Glen School 2-0 in the championship game.
“All of the boys played extremely well as a team, as they moved the ball around well,” says coach Michael Bushey. “The boys should be very proud of their accomplishment, as they improved a lot over the course of the season.”
The U11A team won a shootout over Toronto French School to advance to the final of its tournament against Crescent. It was a tightly contested match that had to go to extra time before Crescent won by a score of 3-2.
The U10A team placed third, the U10B team finished fifth and the U10C team was fourth in their respective divisions.
The U14 team from the Upper School played a close match with Hillfield Strathallan College in its final to determine the CISAA champion, but came away at the losing end of a 2-1 decision.