GUELPH – The Orr Insurance U-13 Strikers travelled here to take on Guelph Royals in a South Western Regional Soccer League (SWRSL) division match last Wednesday evening and brought home a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory.
The Orr Insurance Strikers started off fast with a goal in the first five minutes. Tatum James made a run down the left wing and took a hard shot. The rebound came to forward Ashley Vito, who made no mistake and put the ball in the back of the net.
Royals tied the count before the first half came to an end, and then took a 2-1 lead midway through the second half. Strikers continued to push forward and were rewarded when James connected with a shot from inside the 18-yard box, tying the score 2-2.
The Orr Insurance Strikers were not going to be denied the win as Vito scored her second goal of the game off a corner kick.
The Stratford defence of Ashley Hines, Jenna Akroyd-Snider, Sophia Ayenew, Tessa Eliasziw and centre-defence Olivia Giovinazzo had stellar games and shut the door on the Guelph forwards.
The Strikers’ midfield of Julia Cressman, Meredith MacMillan, Kaylee Orr, Sierra Sauve, Makaila Willmore, Micaela Vancea and Sarah Strome had great games by dominating the middle of the pitch.
Goalie Ally Denstedt controlled the box and made some beautiful saves to preserve the narrow victory. The win brings the Orr Insurance Strikers record to one win and one loss in a very competitive L5 Division.
Next game for the U-13 Strikers is at Packham Road fields on Saturday against Orangeville.