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GSL cancels indoor season playoffs, hopes for a summer outdoor season

On Monday, the Glengarry Soccer League announced the official end to the winter indoor season, cancelling remaining matches and playoffs, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The last action took place on March 12, with the season put on hiatus the next day.

With the end to 2019-20 play, Alexandria FC finishes atop the table in the senior men’s division, with 33 points. The Barflies check in second, five points back. McCrimmon ends third (22), followed by the Young Gunners (15), and Glen Sandfield (14).

In senior women’s play, Glen Nevis finished with a perfect record on 16 matches, for 48 points. Alexandria was second (33), followed by Glen Sandfield (20), Vankleek Hill (16), and Dalhart (1).

The U18 boys top team was Brazil (yellow), with 37 points. Rounding out the standings were Canada (red, 26), England (grey, 22), Netherlands (orange, 15), Spain (blue, 13), and Ireland (green, 10).

Canada (red) topped the U18 girls division, notching 31 points from 14 matches. Ireland (green) took second (21), followed by the Netherlands (orange, 13), and Spain (blue, 13).

England (grey) was first in the U13 coed division, taking 33 points. Italy (yellow, 28) followed. Rounding out the standings were the Netherlands (orange, 20), Canada (burgundy, 13), and Ireland (green, 7).

Canada (red), with 35 points, topped the U11 coed group. Following were England (grey, 29), Ireland (green, 16), USA (blue, 15), Spain (yellow, 14), the Netherlands (orange, 10).

The focus for the GSL now is the summer outdoor season, with registration ongoing.

Ontario Soccer, in consultation with Canada Soccer, continues to monitor the most recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the emerging public health crisis.

As the Glengarry Soccer League is registered and sanctioned under Ontario Soccer, we follow the guidelines put forth by Ontario Soccer, who speak with medical experts and comply with government mandates.

At this time, the end of the indoor season has officially been cancelled. We will continue with registration for the Outdoor 2020 season. A decision on how the outdoor season will be altered is not being made just yet. We will continue with registration and begin making teams as we normally do at the end of March / beginning of April. We understand this is a challenging time for many families. If you require financial assistance to register your children for soccer due to COVID-19, please reach out to us via e-mail.

Glengarry Soccer League notice

The league’s referee training plans continue. The entry-level course (age 14 and older), has moved to online certification, while the training of officials for small-sided matches remains on the calendar as scheduled, on Friday, May 1 (5 to 7:30 p.m.) OR Saturday, May 2 (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

GSL statement: “We appreciate your patience while the GSL navigates this challenging time. We understand the uncertainty of everything can be overwhelming, but we are taking things one week at a time for now. The safety of our players, coaches, referees, volunteers, and spectators is important to us and we will continue to comply with the decisions set forth by Ontario Soccer and adjust our season as needed to keep our community safe.”

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ERSL notice on Twitter

The Glengarry League also traditionally fields teams in the ERSL, the region’s competitive soccer league, under the banner Glengarry Hearts. Typically, the season begins in late May, with clubs holding tryouts and practices in the months preceding. At this point, everything is on hold.

Char-Lan Minor Soccer, which plays in Williamstown, is continuing with its registration and planning for the summer 2020 season. Updates can be found in their Facebook group. Registration information can be found here, on South Glengarry’s website.

The Seaway Valley Blazers teams, which compete in the ERSL, are also on hold, in line with direction from Ontario Soccer.

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GSL postpones tonight’s dome match, suspends indoor season

The Glengarry Soccer League’s indoor season has been suspended, effective March 13, says Tammy MacSweyn, GSL vice-president.

The lone match on the docket tonight was the last senior men’s regular-season game featuring the Barflies and McCrimmon. Nothing was scheduled for the March Break (next week), with GSL action originally booked to resume March 22. However, that is now in limbo.

MacSweyn explains that the league is following the direction of Ontario Soccer, which announced last night, “Ontario Soccer has made the difficult decision to immediately suspend all sanctioned soccer activities in the province until further notice.” This includes “all competitions, training, coach and match official education, and team-building activities.”

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GSL postpones Thursday night indoor soccer due to snowstorm

Thursday evening soccer at the dome in Alexandria has been cancelled by the Glengarry Soccer League, with all matches moved to Friday night as a result of today’s snowstorm and poor road conditions.

The U11 co-ed division will kick off Friday night play with a match between Team USA and Team Netherlands, starting at 5:30 p.m.

The 6:30 p.m. game will feature U18 boys action, as Team England and Team Canada battle.

Then it will be senior men’s division play. Alexandria FC and McCrimmon are booked for the 7:30 p.m. slot, while the Barflies and Glen Sandfield are set for 8:30 p.m. play.

Alexandria FC and the Barflies remain in a battle for the top of the table as regular-season play winds down, with McCrimmon and Glen Sanfield third and fourth, respectively. The Young Gunners round out the standings.

The regular season in the senior men’s division is set to conclude on March 13, with semifinals for the top four teams booked for March 26.

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GSL registration fees increase March 1

Registration for the summer outdoors season of the Glengarry Soccer League is currently underway, with standard rates available until the end of February.

Players (or parents of players) can register online via the GSL’s website or in-person at the dome in Alexandria, during regular hours of operation. This applies to all divisions offered, from U6/co-ed through tier 2.

All fees increase by $10 effective March 1 through March 21, with further escalations after that. The GSL encourages you to register this month for the best pricing.

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GSL women’s indoor soccer resumes tonight at the dome

The Glengarry Soccer League’s senior women’s indoor schedule resumes tonight, January 6, following a break for the Christmas holidays, with Glen Sandfield and Vankleek Hill set to battle at the dome, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Two matches are booked for Tuesday night. At 7:30 p.m., Vankleek Hill will play Glen Nevis, and an hour later, it will be Glen Sandfield and Dalhart taking to the turf.

Glen Nevis sports a perfect 6-0 record coming off the 2019 portion of the schedule. Alexandria, at 5-2, holds second spot. Vankleek Hill, Glen Sandfield, and Dalhart round out the standings, respectively.

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Alexandria FC tops men’s indoor soccer table

Heading into the 2020 portion of the winter indoor soccer schedule, Alexandria FC tops the Glengarry Soccer League’s men’s table, with 15 points.

The leading squad won five of six matches before the Christmas break, suffering just one loss along the way. In second spot are the Barflies with 12 points (4-3 record), followed by Glen Sandfield (3-3), McCrimmon (2-4), and the Young Gunners (1-4).

Play is scheduled to resume on January 9 with two games on the docket. At 7:30 p.m., the Young Gunners will take on Glen Sandfield, and at 8:30 p.m., the top two teams will tangle.

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Glengarry Hearts U16 girls triumph for ER Shield

The Glengarry Hearts U16 girls soccer team recently claimed the East Region Shield championship, with a 4-1 victory over Ottawa-based St. Anthony. The triumph capped off a successful run in the season-long tournament that runs alongside league play in the ERSL.

Miriam Boisvenue paced the offence in the finale, scoring a hat trick, while Ella Campbell added one goal.

The ER Shield is a knockout format tourney that saw the Hearts beat Russell (5-0) and Glengarry’s U15 girls (6-0) in previous rounds. Meanwhile, in other matches, the various other clubs from Cornwall, Ottawa, and surrounding regions fell by the wayside to set up the final match-up with St. Anthony.

2019 ER Shield Champions
Standing in the back row, from left, are Martin Lavigne, Marc Leroux, Haley McMeekin, Camilla Gauthier, Nevynn Witteveen, Ella Campbell, Gen DeCoeur, Carolanne Paquette, Flo Lavigne, Rebecca Reed, Mei Le Cumming, Steve Reed, and Richard Gauthier. Kneeling are Chloe Anderson, Jessica Green, Ella Bowles, Erica Leroux, Val Tremblay, Morgann Zappia, Myriam Boisvenue, and Lily Bacchiochi, and in front is Alexa Sabourin. (submitted photo)

In regular-season league play, the Hearts finished with a record of 9 wins, 4 losses, and 1 tie, for 28 points. The team was +24 on goal differential. Glengarry placed third overall in the final standings.

Boisvenue topped the team (and league) in scoring, with 21. Camilla Gauthier counted 7 markers on the season, and Bowles had 5 to round out the top three. Alexa Sabourin backstopped three league-game shutouts.

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Alexandria men claim GSL senior soccer championship

Call it what you will – an upset, a storybook season, a comeback – but no matter how you slice it, the young Alexandria men claimed senior soccer supremacy last week, winning the Glengarry Soccer League championship over the regular season’s top team, Alexandria FC.

After FC took game one of the best-of-three final series, Alexandria faced a do-or-die situation on August 28, rallying from 1-0 down late in the game to win 2-1 in double overtime. (See this post for the details). That victory set the stage for the deciding match two nights later under the lights at Island Park.

With throngs of community members out in forcing, lining the field to take in the action, Alexandria built a 2-0 lead on goals from Kyle McIntee (off a free kick) and Brennan Nadeau). FC pressed relentlessly until the very end, but a tenacious team defence from the Black Shirts seemed to always find a way to disrupt.

The best scoring chance of the late going went to Alexandria, as Lochlan MacDonald sent a throw-in to Nadeau who booted the ball off the goalpost.

Alexandria goalkeeper David MacMaster and FC back Shawn Vink were named co-winners of the league’s playoff MVP honours. (For more awards, see this post.)

FC was the top team during the summer campaign, with a record of 6 wins, 3 ties, and 3 losses, for 21 points, 1 better than Glen Sandfield and 2 more than Alexandria. FC also was a league best on goal differential at +15, goals scored at 33, and shutouts at 3. Alexandria allowed the fewest goals at just 17.

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Alexandria senior men’s soccer team members include, standing in the back row from left, Back Nathan Keurentjes, Micheal Bissonnette, Kyle McIntee, Tyler Hay, Cameron Poirier, Brennan Nadeau, Tyler Willard, Liam MacDonald, and coach Rory McDougall. In front are Tom Nussbaumer, Xaavian Ali, Will Manley, David MacMaster, Cameron MacDonald, Lochlan MacDonald, Bailey Pidgeon, and Andrew MacMaster.
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GSL honours top men’s soccer players

The Glengarry Soccer League recognized its winners of awards from the senior men’s division, at the conclusion of game three of the championship series on Friday night at Island Park.

Amongst the team honours, Alexandria won as Best Defensive Team and Playoff Champions, while regular-season first-place honours was claimed by playoff-runners up Alexandria FC.

Player awards

  • Sullivan Van Loon (Alexandria FC): best forward, top scorer
  • David MacMaster (Alexandria): best goalkeeper, regular-season MVP, playoff MVP (co-winner)
  • Shawn Vink (Alexandria FC): best back, playoff MVP (co-winner)
  • Malcolm MacPherson (Glen Sandfield): coach of the year
  • Patt Sean (Alexandria): most gentlemanly
  • Craig Van Loon (Glen Sandfield): rookie of the year
soccer award winners
From left are Sullivan Van Loon, David MacMaster, Shawn Vink, and Malcolm MacPherson.
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Vankleek Hill women capture tier 2 soccer championship

On Wednesday evening, Vankleek Hill’s tier 2 women’s soccer team captured the GSL championship, with a 1-0 win over Char-Lan. Kyla Burwash scored the lone tally.

Vankleek Hill reached the one-game final following a 1-0 August 12 semifinal victory over Laggan. Two days later, Char-Lan advanced on a 2-1 victory over Laggan in their semi.

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Members of the Vankleek Hill tier 2 women’s soccer team include, standing in the back row from left, Elizabeth Barton, Kelsey Mode, Cynthia Wever, Allison Simpson, Kate Cunning, Randi Tolhurst, and Katie McDougald. In front are Stephanie Anderson, Kerri Albright, Laura Kirby, Melody Nixon, Sara Accardi, Kyla Burwash, and Ashton MacDonald. Missing from photo: Meagan MacDonald.
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