WATERLOO - Stratford’s U-11 ‘Totally Spoked’ Striker girls traveled here last Thursday night for their final regular-season game.
The two evenly-matched squads played to 2-2 draws in their previous two league matches.
Strikers hit the scoresheet early with a lovely effort from Tatum James five minutes in, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The lead, however, was short-lived as Waterloo replied off a scramble in Stratford’s 18-yard box just two minutes later, evening things at 1-1.
Both teams played outstanding defensively, and carried the draw to half-time. It was midway through the second half when the trio of James, Emily Rich and Payton Dias displayed some nifty passing that resulted in James scoring her second of the match.
Strikers’ back-field of Joselyn Burdett, Jillian Mair, Aly Stone and Georgia Sideris continued their excellent defensive play until the final whistle.
Keeper Ally Denstedt was outstanding, and played confidently the entire match, for a well-deserved 2-1 win.
The two goals scored by James were her 33rd and 34th goals of the season, leading all scorers in the division. If you add a previous goal scored for the U-12 girls in an earlier call-up, James scored a whopping 35 goals in 19 SWRSL games. An awe-inspiring regular-season performance for Tatum James to say the least.
The win gives Stratford a very impressive record of 13 wins, four draws, and only one loss in 18 matches.
Upcoming: Strikers will face host Orangeville in their first-round match of the Cup final this Saturday, Sept. 8.