OSC BOYS U14 TEAM FINISHES SECOND AT 2017 ONTARIO PLAYER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP CHARITY SHIELD
OAKVILLE, ON - On Sunday, November 5, the Oakville Soccer Club's Boys U14 (2003) team competed against the North Toronto Nitros in the Ontario Player Development League Charity Shield (provincial championship).
Founded in 2014 and facilitated by Ontario Soccer, the OPDL is Ontario's standards-based youth high performance league. It combines top level competition with strict high performance training standards with the goal of developing the top soccer talent within the province.
The Charity Shield is the OPDL's provincial championship in each age group and gender, which offers players the opportunity to showcase their talent and raise money for charity in the process. All funds raised through the $5.00 admission fee to the Charity Shield are donated to a charity of the winning Club's choice. The Oakville Soccer Club elected to donate their Charity Shield funds to Kids Help Phone should they have won the match.
Following a fantastic season in which the squad amassed 47 points in 20 games with 73 goals scored to win the West Division, the team squared off against a strong side in Ottawa South in the Semi Finals. After a well-played game on both sides, a 3-3 tie took the game to penalty kicks which the Oakville Wild won 5-4, advancing to the provincial championships.
The championship game saw OSC take on the North Toronto Nitros, who finished 2017 as the OPDL regular season league champion. After the Wild quickly tallied the game's first goal, and built the lead to 2-0, the Nitros came back to tie the game in regulation. Following the tie, the teams went to penalties which saw North Toronto outscore Oakville 5-4, leading the Nitros to a 3-2 victory.
Dave Harris, Executive Director of the Oakville Soccer Club, congratulated the team on their wonderful season, stating: “The Oakville Soccer Club is extremely proud of the efforts put forth by the U14 Boys in their OPDL season. It is a credit to both their coach Szabi Bozsoky and to the players on how they played in competing against the league champions from North Toronto. We could not be happier with how the Boys performed this season.”
Senior Technical Director Chris Grierson also spoke highly of the team after the match: “It has been a tremendous season for the Boys 2003 OPDL team. Although the final result against a very good North Toronto side was not the perfect ending, every player and member of the coaching staff should be extremely proud of their performance this season. Finishing at the top of their respective league allowed all players the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of National and Provincial staff.”
The Oakville Soccer Club is extremely proud of the U14 Boys OPDL team and looks forward to watching the continued success of this team as they work towards their 2018 (U15) season.
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The Oakville Soccer Club, founded in 1972, is the largest amateur soccer club in Canada, with over 12,000 members coached by over 900 volunteer and professional coaches. OSC is based at its 100,000 square foot indoor soccer facility on Pine Glen Road in North Oakville. The Oakville Soccer Club carries the Gold Standard Award for Club Excellence from Ontario Soccer. OSC’s tradition of excellence includes eight national championships, 55 Ontario Cup winners and a large number of players selected to represent Canada both at national and international levels. OSC is committed to providing a positive soccer experience to all Club members through technical training, encouragement and opportunities for players to advance their soccer and life skills.