The Barrie Soccer Club under-13 girls may have not got the result they wanted in their Ontario Cup final on Sept. 15, but they still came away with a silver lining.
Looking to capture only the second provincial girls title in club history, the local team fell behind early and ended up dropping a hard-fought 3-1 decision to the Caledon Cyclones at the Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan.
The silver-medal winning club ran into an unfortunate break just 11 minutes into the contest when keeper Olivia Gardiner was handed a yellow card after bringing down Caledon’s Alexis Cordeiro in the box. Gardiner would stand tall though, stopping the ensuing penalty shot by Cordeiro to keep the game scoreless.
The Cyclones would come right back though, grabbing a 1-0 lead when Angelina Kristic went around Gardiner and scored from a tight angle. Caledon would add to its lead only minutes later on an identical second goal by Kristic, moving around Gardiner to bury it into the open net to make it 2-0.
Barrie fought back to cut the lead with only eight minutes remaining in the first half. Alexandra Pino, showing great patience, hit the brakes on a run while the Cyclones defender ran by and, then, slipped inside past the Caledon keeper to make it 2-1.
Barrie would have to settle for silver medals as they would be as close as they would get. Caledon got some insurance early in the second half when Cordeiro moved in and drilled a shot into the top corner to make it 3-1 and seal the gold-medal win.
Photo: Barrie’s dream of a provincial title fell short after dropping a 3-1 decision to the Caledon Cyclones in the Ontario Cup under-13 girls final played Sept. 15 at Vaughan. Ontario Soccer photo