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Minor soccer officially cancelled by the GSL

It’s now official: there will be no minor soccer season this year in the Glengarry Soccer League, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sport’s governing body had been extending no-play orders month-by-month, with the latest restricting activity through the end of June.

At the time of that announcement on May 11, the GSL stated that it would convene its board and committee members to explore options. Yesterday, the league announced there would be no minor soccer for the 2020 season.

“The Glengarry Soccer League has made the difficult decision to cancel the Outdoor 2020 season for the MINOR division. An email will be sent out to all participants with information regarding refunds. At this time, a decision has not been made for the Senior and Tier 2 divisions.”

GSL announcement, May 24

Matthew Houlzet, who serves at the GSL referee assignor and GSL minor referee-in-chief and works as a soccer official himself, tells me that the league is still hoping that there will be adult soccer in some form, though the schedule will have to be adjusted and/or compressed.

Typically, senior soccer begins in the latter stages of May, concluding in August. At best, this year, play could begin in July, unless Ontario Soccer extends the prohibition on play through that month.

The GSL will be looking at various schedule options that could see play (if it happens at all) extend into the fall, perhaps as late as October.

The only certainty at this point is that there will be no youth matches in the Glengarry Soccer League this summer.

In terms of other area leagues, today the Cornwall-based Seaway Valley Soccer Club announced the cancellation of its house league and Coyotes (semi-competitive, all-star program) seasons.

“Due in part to the closure of facilities, the uncertainty of distancing orders surrounding recreational programming, the amount of time it would take to properly organize a recreational soccer program, SVSC must in the best interest of all, unfortunately, cancel its House League and Coyotes programs for spring/summer 2020. It should be noted that this decision did not come lightly, but the safety for all is the most important to the club and we appreciate the patience from parents, players, coaches, and officials.

Should the situation change with current conditions of COVID-19, SVSC will be looking at other options to provide possible soccer training activities once it is deemed safe to do so.”

Seaway Valley Soccer Club statement, May 25

At this time, the East Region Soccer League, the top competitive youth loop in this area, continues to explore options for a 2020 season. The GSL via Glengarry Hearts and the SVSC through its Cornwall Blazers teams participate in this league.

The ERSL has not cancelled play for this summer, but has suspended all in-person activities per direction from Ontario Soccer. Updates on modifications to rules and potential play can be followed on their website here.

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D-Man Dirven scores first career NCAA goal

In NCAA hockey action over the weekend, Sebastian Dirven, who plays for the Cornell University Big Red hockey team, scored his first career collegiate goal.

The 21-year-old defenceman who hails from Bainsville is in his first year at the Ithaca, New York school. His tally came February 9 on home ice, in a 5-3 victory over Colgate.

On the season, Dirven, who checks in at 6 ft. 3 in., 196 lb, has 3 points and 12 penalty minutes in 22 games played. He’s +8 on a team that is ranked second in the U.S.A. with a record of 17-2-4.

Dirven, a graduate of Char-Lan DHS, got his start locally in the Seaway Valley Rapids hockey system, going on to play for the CCHL Cornwall Colts and then the USHL Central Illinois Flying Aces.

Sebastian Dirven
Sebastian Dirven poses with his souvenir puck, marking his first NCAA goal. (Big Red photo)
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Trio of NGS Braves plays in HEO all-star game

Three former NGS Braves minor hockey players suited up in the recent HEO ‘AA’ all-star game.

The boys – Jacob Nolan, Brennan Atkins, and Seamus Hardy – are members this season of the Seaway Valley Rapids ‘AA’ major midget team, which has a record of 10 wins, 7 losses, and 2 ties in the HEO Minor AA league, good for fourth place. Nolan is third in team scoring, with 14 points. Hardy has 12 points, Atkins 11.

The Rapids’ next game is slated for Sunday in Kanata (taking on the fifth-ranked Blazers) to wrap up the 2019 portion of their schedule. Looking ahead to the new year, Seaway Valley will play in Maxville on January 8 at 7:30 p.m., hosting the first-place Nepean Raiders

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