St. Marys Soccer Club, which operates the Juggernauts and Spartans of the Men’s Western Ontario Soccer League Premier and Fourth Divisions teams, respectively, and the Ladies Forman Electric Chargers of the Third Division are very pleased as another successful season unfolds.
The Forman Chargers are having a very strong campaign. Overall, the players who started with the Chargers during the first season continue to provide a solid foundation and with the new players added this year the team has excelled.
They are in a tight battle for league honours, and boosting the best offence and defensive in the league they appear to have the tools to get the job done.
Talented striker Nicole Barber, with 14 goals, and Madeline Aarts, with nine goals, lead the Third Division in scoring.
“We play a very strong defensive game, and work very hard on our team shape to ensure we are very difficult to breakdown,” commented Chargers’ coach Aaron Wybrow.
“This forms the foundation for the team to break forward quickly against the teams that can give us a good game and we certainly have the ability to score.”
Coach Stephen Treadway has guided the Spartans (7-1-3) to the top of the WOSL’s Fourth Division West after 11 of 18 games.
“The development of this young squad continues with some great results against the top teams in the division,” said coach Treadway.
“The team has the best goal difference and lead the league in goals for with Lucas Jeffrey leading the way with 12 which is five ahead of the next player. We have also used players from the U-16 team which really was a bonus as they showed they can play at this level.
“Also with quite a few players helping the Juggernauts, the experience was certainly obvious when they returned to play, so yes a very positive season and we are confident we have a good shot at the top,” he summed up.
Juggernauts, meanwhile, are learning the game at the highest amateur level playing in the Premier League.
The division is very competitive, but the team continues to show improvement as the season progresses.
“We have had a tough start with an ongoing run of injuries and look forward to get healthy soon and want to make more improvement over the last eight games,” reported coach Gord Moylan.
Juggernauts hope to turn their season around when they host Sarnia this Friday, Aug. 1 at the high school field, starting at 8 p.m.
The team will use the much-needed two-week break to get some injured players back and see if they cannot get a couple of wins to heat up the relegation battle.
“All the teams are a positive improvement over last season and we have undoubtedly raised the bar of soccer in St. Marys,” said an appreciative Club President John Flanagan.
“The recipe for the on-field success comes from the main ingredients of the sponsors, coaches, players, volunteers and the fans. As a Club, a sincere thank you to all especially our loyal fans and we look forward to your continued support for the balance of the season as the Chargers and Spartans look to win their league titles.”