The Swanson’s Jewellers Striker girls have a tenuous hold on first place in the Southwest Region's U-15 L5 league, coming up with a big 5-0 win against Kitchener Wednesday night at Packham Road.
Strikers controlled the play for most of the game, shutting down Kitchener’s fast-paced attacks, then quickly counter-attacking with a number of scoring chances.
Erin Kuepfer opened the score early in the first half as she carried the ball from her end around a number of Kitchener players, beating the keeper with a perfectly-placed shot for her league-leading 28th goal of the season.
Next, it was Leah Matthews’ turn as she headed in a rebound from Paige Sawitzky’s free kick from just outside the penalty area.
As the first half ended, Stratford lead 2-0.
Early in the second frame, call-up Ashley Vito deked the Kitchener keeper and made no mistake tapping the ball into the net for her third goal playing for the U-15’s this summer. Julia Sim assisted on the play.
Then it was U-14 call-up Julia Cressman’s turn as she tapped in a well-placed corner kick from defender Julia Blowes in the Kitchener penalty area.
As the second half continued, so did Stratford’s domination as Zuza Bukala taking advantage of a gap in the Kitchener defence, dribbled through to the net and around the keeper to make an easy shot on net, making the score 5-0 for the Swanson’s squad.
As the final whistle sounded, Stratford keeper Julia Bukala had earned her seventh shutout of the campaign.
The U-15 girls are back in first place, only one point ahead of the Woolwich Wolfpack, who have one game in hand on Stratford.
Swanson’s U-15s have only one game remaining, on Wednesday, Sept. 3 against Puslinch.