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-14 Girls division, the Woodbridge Strikers took on United FA in a physical affair.
Both sides started cautiously in the first 20 minutes and worked hard to not allow the either to get in behind them and get chances on goals.
Things opened up before the half, as United FA’s keeper Jenine Alkhatib and Woodbridge’s goalie Emma Campese were both called into action to make numerous saves and keep the game locked at 0-0.
That would be where the first half would end however as both sides looked to regroup during halftime.
United FA would finally find a way through in the 56th minute when Ella Rae Damario was sent in alone and her shot was able to squeak past the Woodbridge keeper and make it 1-0.
That would be all they would need, as United FA did a good job of shutting things down the rest of the way and were crowned OPDL Charity Shield champions.
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.
United FA has chosen their proceeds to go to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Visit the Ontario Soccer Facebook page for all the photos from the final.