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By Brian Lockhart
Two Orangeville Storm teams had success at the Southwest District Soccer League Cup Finals played at the University of Guelph on Saturday (Sept. 17). Storm FC U15 Boys and U16 Girls teams entered the competition.
The day started with the U15 Boys team, coached by Darryn Stevenson, facing the first place Rockwood FC with a 1:00 p.m. start.
The game started quickly for Orangeville as Storm forward Keltrick Amanatey scored less than a minute after the kick-off.
From there, the game settled into an epic battle by both teams. At halftime the score was still 1-0.
The Storm scored its second goal off of a corner from Ethan Bradbury from a beautiful volley by Christian Botelho that was driven straight into the top of the net to make it a 2-0 game with 20 minutes left.
The match was put away in the final minutes as Amanatey scored his second goal on a clear breakaway, and the U15 Boys claimed the championship.
Adam Whiting made some great saves to earn the clean sheet in net.
The team worked hard to improve throughout the year and this win ended the season record with 15 wins and two losses.
The Storm FC U16 Girls found themselves in the last game of the day.
The team, sponsored by Sheehan Equipment, went undefeated during the regular season as they led all teams in points, goals scored, and allowed the lowest goals scored against.
The Storm faced the second place RED Academy in the Cup Final.
RED tallied first midway through the first half, before Orangeville's Mackenzie Mills responded in injury time at the end of the half in a goalmouth scramble. The game remained knotted at 1-1 at the end of regulation, forcing penalty kicks to determine a winner.
Storm's keeper Mikki Sproule came up huge, stopping the first attempt by RED. Sproule led the league in shutouts during the regular season and was up to the task in the finals.
RED struck first, followed by Storm's Sydney Bentley. Rowan Mulder and Sofia Ayala also scored for the Storm and the teams were still tied 3-3 after the best-of-five round.
RED scored on their sixth attempt and Orangeville defender Grace Sinclair found the back of the net to keep the Storm alive.
Sproule then stopped the RED shooter, setting up Storm for the chance to win the next attempt.
Storm midfielder, Keira Broom stepped up and sealed the team's first ever Cup win, tucking the ball inside the left post and Orangeville pulled off a rare double – winning the League and Cup titles in the same season.
Coach and Storm FC president, James Cuthbertson, expressed relief after the game, noting the tremendous regular season the team had as well as acknowledging the work the team put in over the last seven years to get to this point.
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