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Norton U12 Girls Capture Columbus Cup Championship

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Norton’s U12 girls tournament team wrapped up a very successful Mansfield Columbus Cup tournament by capturing the U12 A division championship. The girls not only demonstrated their excellent soccer skills, but also showed a great deal of poise and grit throughout. Solid keeper play by Victoria Anderson and Xenia Nikolos along with a stingy defense led by Nikolos, Amanda Britko, Annabel Diestel, Liz Dufault, Mary Rorke, Emma Sudduth, and Kathryn Ward resulted in just a single goal scored against Norton over the five games played. Norton was tested early on by Mansfield, but prevailed 1-0 on a goal by Haley Elliott. Norton followed up with a tidy 4-0 win over Newton on goals by Elliott, Nikolos, Maddie Fong, and Alexa Derosa. The last round robin game was against a very physical North Attleboro team. Trailing 1-0 late in the second half, Norton’s Fong tied the game with a strike from the top of the 18-yard box resulting in a 1-1 draw. In the semi-finals, Norton and Easton played to a 0-0 draw in a back-and-forth match. The game was decided on penalty kicks with Norton prevailing 4-3. The championship game vs Foxboro was a match of wills with each team waiting for the other to blink. The game was scoreless well into the second half until Mary Rorke made a nice run down the sideline and drilled a shot into the far side, top corner of the opposing goal in what proved to be the game winner. Maddie Fong followed up with a back breaking goal a few minutes later to help Norton win the title 2-0.

The effort put forth was truly a team effort with ALL 15 players contributing in important ways. The Mansfield tournament was the kickoff to the Norton U12 girls competitive travel season. The girls will continue on to winter indoor play in Forekicks and will conclude next Spring with South Coast Soccer League play.


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Standing Top - Coach Scott Sudduth, Emma Sudduth, Xenia Nikolos, Kayla O’Keefe, Mary Rorke, Amanda Britko, Coach Tony Fong

Sitting Middle – Maddie Fong, Alexa Derosa, Sarah Veglas, Liz Dufault, Kathryn Ward, Victoria Anderson

Sitting Bottom – Haley Elliott, Grace Newfield, Annabel Diestel, Michaela Sullivan
Posted by NYS Registrar, Created Wed Oct 13, 2010, Updated Thu Oct 14, 2010

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