CAMBRIDGE - The Orr Insurance U-12 Strikers travelled here for a South Western Regional Soccer League (SWRSL) game last Tuesday night to take on heated division rival Cambridge.
Strikers pulled out a dramatic 2-1 victory with two goals in the final 10 minutes of the match.
The first half saw Cambridge controlling much of the play and territorial advantage. The Stratford defence of Jenna Akroyd-Snider, Tessa Eliasziw and Sophia Ayenew, and especially a strong performance from Elisa Bolinger withstood much of the pressure.
Goalie Allyson Denstedt, called up from the U-11 Strikers, was spectacular and held the score at 0-0 by the half-time break.
Strikers came out in the second half and pushed the play into the Cambridge zone with midfielders Micaela Vancea, Makaila Willmore, Kaylee Orr, Abby Mitchell, Shayla Brooks, Sierra Sauve and Laura Campbell upping their game, which resulted in Stratford controlling the midfield and putting pressure on the home team’s defence.
Cambridge was able to score the first goal of the game at about the 15-minute mark. Strikers were determined as ever and continued to force the play and were rewarded with the tying goal with 10 minutes remaining. The scoring play originated from Elisa Bolinger to forward Olivia Giovinezzo to Ashley Vito, who danced through two defenders to net the tying marker.
The visitors were not done and with less than five minutes left to play Giovinezzo’s strong play and pass sent Vito on the attack. Vito split the three Cambridge defenders and made no mistake in sending the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
Vito’s second of the match put Strikers on top and they held on for a thrilling 2-1 victory.
Players-of-the-match went to Elisa Bolinger and call-up goalkeeper Allyson Denstedt.
The victory improves the U-12 Strikers’ league record to five wins, two ties and three losses for third place in a very competitive L5 division.