South United hoping Force is with them

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

And then there was one.

The Ottawa South United Force women are the last local side standing in the Ontario Cup soccer playdowns, which reach their conclusion next month at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan.

South United has one last step to take before the women's division's Sept. 11 championship match -- a semi-final this afternoon against the Oakville Storm. It's a 2 p.m. kickoff at Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough.

The Vaughan Azzurri and St. Catharines Jets square off in the second semi-final later in the afternoon.

The Force advanced to today's play by edging the Scarborough Azzurri Admirals 2-1 in a quarter-final match earlier this month. The Ottawa Royals weren't as fortunate, falling to the Jets 4-3.

There will be a new Ontario Cup champion on the men's side. That's because the Ottawa Royals, who made it all the way to the Canadian final in P.E.I., were ousted in the quarter-finals by the Woodbridge Azzurri 2-1.

St. Anthony's was also sidelined by the same score against the Cambridge Supersonics.

Four other local teams also were halted in the Cup's quarter-final round. In boys' play, the Ottawa Internationals were outscored by Scarborough Olympic Flame Appollon 5-3 in Under-16 Tier I, while the Caledon Fireballs blanked the Kanata Lightning 5-0 in Under-15 Tier I.

In girls' action, two South United sides saw their road end in the quarter-finals -- Under-15 (4-0, to Mississauga Dixie Saints) and Under-14 (5-0, to London Supernova).

AROUND THE AMATEUR SCENE: Better late than never for the Ottawa Fury Under-14 girls. The Fury are off to the Super-Y League North American finals Nov. 18-22 in Tampa, Fla., but only after the Cape Cod Crusaders and Boston Renegades played a season-ending 1-1 draw. The Crusaders needed to win by at least three goals to surpass the Fury, who had already finished their season with a 10-4-0 record. The New England Division runners-up were the last of 12 sides to qualify for the finals ... OF Sebastien Boucher and C Luc Carlin of Ottawa have been named to the Canadian roster for baseball's Senior World Cup, Sept. 2-17 in the Netherlands.

rob.brodie@ott.sunpub.com


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