GUELPH/ERAMOSA – The Rockwood FC U21 girls soccer workforce gained within the Ontario Ladies’s Soccer League on July 25.
Many of the workforce has been collectively for the reason that age of U9 ladies. They have been initially a workforce of Guelph ‘B’ gamers.
The technical director at Guelph on the time informed present U21 coach Sean Clarke that the women would “by no means be adequate to maneuver as much as the ‘A’ workforce.”
The next season the entire gamers and Clarke left and moved to Rockwood FC.
Clarke informed the Advertiser the ladies’s workforce this yr needed to win its approach as much as that division.
It first gained the district stage after which the regional stage, which the workforce has accomplished a couple of years in a row.
After successful regionally, the workforce then utilized to play within the Ontario Ladies’s Soccer League.
“After which we gained that our first yr in it, and now [the team has not] misplaced but,” mentioned Clarke.
Most of the ladies on the workforce informed the Advertiser they’re all like household to one another now.
Emma Mussell has performed soccer since in regards to the age of 4 however is without doubt one of the newer workforce members.
“I haven’t been on this workforce so long as different individuals have been on this workforce,” she mentioned.
“However I do know this group has been collectively for a very very long time. And this group of women works very well collectively.”
She added, “I believe that our teamwork and skill to play as a workforce has actually helped us with this accomplishment.”
Carmen Meijer joined the workforce when she was in Grade 9 after having a extra unfavorable expertise along with her earlier workforce.
“Coming right here was so refreshing,” Meijer defined.
She added she loves soccer and it offers launch for her from day-to-day life.
Autumn Marshall was launched to the Rockwood FC workforce after Clarke got here to one among her home league video games. She mentioned she started soccer a bit later than others, however had the chance to play and tryout with the workforce is she now on.
Marshall defined she caught with soccer due to the workforce side, noting she used to take part in gymnastics, which is much more unbiased.
“After which coming collectively as a workforce, assembly a few of my finest buddies now” – Marshall paused earlier than including she enjoys the game and its “good enjoyable and train.”
Tessa Arulampalam has been a part of the Rockwood workforce because it started in Guelph. She mentioned most of the ladies on the workforce have surrounded her for such a very long time.
Arulampalam mentioned successful the Ontario Ladies’s Soccer League crammed her with “a really proud feeling.”
“Coming into such a difficult week, we got here out very profitable,” she said.
Clarke mentioned Rockwood FC has a powerful program with ex-professional coaches who prepare groups and gamers.
The U21 workforce, earlier than they have been U21, had a couple of years the place they struggled transferring over. Clarke mentioned they continued to work exhausting together with obligatory coaching applications.
The workforce went on to win the district league in 2017, three years after transferring to Rockwood FC.
That is when Clarke mentioned their journey actually started transferring as much as the regional league — which he added is without doubt one of the strongest leagues for soccer within the space.
That yr the workforce gained the regional league and now has nicely over 20 trophies and 6 league championships. Additionally they gained the regional league in 2022 as an under-18 workforce enjoying within the under-21 division.
This yr the workforce moved as much as the Ontario Ladies’s Soccer League and when the workforce spoke to the Advertiser, that they had already secured the league with two video games remaining and didn’t lose a match – to not point out solely having six targets towards all yr.
“I used to be shocked after they gained the U21 division in 2022 that they might all come again to play [this year] with summer time jobs and boyfriends,” mentioned Clarke.
He added the workforce has since welcomed 4 new gamers and they’re now over-rostered with 21 gamers.
“This workforce has constructed itself an excellent popularity that a whole lot of gamers over time have tried out for and wish to be with the workforce,” Clarke said.
The U21 at present trains with technical director Gareth Davies and coaches Cynthia McQueen, Giorgio Pozzobon and Clarke.
Additionally they prepare with the U15 ladies frequently, mentoring them all through their soccer journey as nicely.