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Ottawa Fury U-15 Boys Win North American Championship

By OSA News, 12/09/14, 3:00PM EST


The Ottawa Fury FC U-15 Boys are Super Y-League North American Champions.

After drawing Alliance Academy 2-2 in the opening game of the SYL Finals, the two sides met again in Tuesday morning's Championship Final. While Ottawa had to fight back down a man in the opening game, they came out on fire at IMG Academy and their determined effort saw them leading 3-0 at halftime.

Alliance Academy would pull one back very early in the second half, but any hope of a comeback was denied thanks to some outstanding goalkeeping and sound defending that ensured the title would come north of the border with a 3-1 victory.

The Fury U15 Boys are the first boys team in the 12-year history of the Academy to capture the North American Championship and the second team in club history after the U17 Girls won it all in 2010.

Following a pseason record in Super Y-League play, Ottawa posted a 4-0-1 record at the finals and completed their unbeaten season (14-0-1) with a North American Championship.

"What a fantastic moment for these players," said Fury FC Academy Coach Darko Buser. "This team won on many levels today. Yes they are North American Championship, but more importantly that have made the most of a tremendous opportunity in their development playing against top opponents, in meaningful games on a big stage. More than the result itself, they have developed a winning mentality."

"Congratulations to all the boys for their commitment and dedication to their development that has led to this success. Congratulations to head coach Steve Hill who has been there every step in their development; to our team manager Marc-Andre Stanford and our athletic therapist Mel Fiala for their commitment to these players and the parents and families who are their biggest fans."