Play. Inspire. Unite.
The top soccer athletes in Ontario were in action this weekend as the Ontario Soccer Centre played host to the Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) Charity Shield.
Twelve teams, across six divisions, competed for provincial glory as the U-14, U-15 and U-17 OPDL age groups wrap up their 2018 seasons.
In the U-15 Boys division, Unionville-Milliken SC took on North Toronto SC in an exciting affair.
Unionville got things going early when Sasha Pecalevski pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the box in the 9th minute. His low hard shot found the far corner and gave his side a 1-0 lead.
North Toronto would hit right back in the 14th minute when DE’kwon Barrow saw the ball fall to his foot in the box and he calmly slotted it home to tie the game at 1-1.
Both teams would trade chances throughout the remainder of the game but neither could find a way through and the game would go to penalties.
North Toronto would win penalties 3-1 thanks to the goalkeeping play of Samim Shouly.
Scouts from around North America were in attendance all weekend to take in the action. As well, representatives from Canada Soccer were on site to witness the next generations of stars.
While also an integral opportunity to showcase the immense talent found within the OPDL before fellow OPDL members, scouts and families, the Charity Shield raises money for Ontario charities.
Every dollar accumulated through the $5 admission rate is donated to Ontario charities, as chosen by the winning teams in each match.
Visit the Ontario Soccer Facebook page for all the photos from the final.