By Dan Plouffe
OSU 4 Gloucester 1
It was the crowning jewel of a season where everything the Ottawa South United Force touched turned to gold as they completed an undefeated campaign against East Region opponents with a 4-1 victory over the Gloucester Hornets in the under-13 boys’ Cup final.
“They played excellent,” says OSU coach Abe Osman, shaking his head almost in disbelief of the type of season his players put together. “These guys have worked so hard all year and it just culminated (Sunday) with a superb display.”
At the start of the year, Osman wasn’t sure an unbeaten record was in the cards since there were many areas to fine-tune in their game, but as the season wore on, it became clear the type of group he had.
“They achieved everything they set out to achieve,” notes Osman, whose squad received a pair of goals from Quincy Meh and one each from Enesemre Sanli and Michael Avarello in the Cup final. “It was an outstanding season.”
Amir Priel scored the lone marker for the Hornets, who lost just once in league play themselves – their final game of the season against the same OSU opponents.
“The game was quite physical, and it was something we weren’t necessarily expecting,” states Gloucester coach J.F. Forgues. “We knew it was going to be a good-fought game, but not to the extent that it escalated.”
A couple of cautions were handed out for some unneeded pushing during play late in the game when the result wasn’t in doubt, but those moments were easy enough to forget for Forgues, who prized the constant improvement he witnessed from his players throughout the year.
“It’s going to bode well for next season, I believe,” adds Forgues, whose Hornets were the only team to earn a point against OSU in league play thanks to a 0-0 draw on Aug. 16. “We’re looking to prepare for OYSL. Maybe not this next year, but we definitely believe this group has the ability to compete against the best teams in the province.”
Gloucester also carries the distinction of being the only East Region club to score a goal on OSU, which is bound for the Level 1 Ontario Youth Soccer League next year thanks to their dominant 13-0-1 campaign.
“For a bunch of 13-year-olds, they’re a very mature group and very goal-oriented,” explains OSU’s Osman, whose side maintained a remarkable defensive record in outscoring opponents by a combined 88-1 margin in league play. “It’s set in stone and set in mind what they have to accomplish. They’re already looking forward to the next challenge they’re going to face.”
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