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The Second Half

Kathy Rumleski, Free Press Sports Reporter   2003-05-09 11:31:30  


Two more teams have received an OK to join the Middlesex Masters Soccer League this season, bringing the league total to 24.

Panhellenic and Portuguese B have been placed in Division 2.

"This has forced our league to create an east and west conference in Division 2, with seven teams in each group," says league chairperson Juergen Belle. "Both of these teams have a very strong roster and have a good chance of being promoted."

The first game of the season is Tuesday when the Division I German Canadians travel to Tillsonburg for a 7 p.m. kickoff.


Two members of the London United women's team, which plays in the Ontario Women's Soccer League, have accepted scholarships to NCAA Division I colleges.

Stephanie Elgie will attend Jacksonville University in Florida and Cassandra Van Leeuwen will study at the University of Vermont.

Elgie and Van Leeuwen, both strikers, played for the London United under-19 team that won the Ontario Cup last fall. It was the first time a London team won in the 27-year history of that Cup division.


The Nor'West Soccer Club saw its first team become a league champion recently.

The under-nine boys' intermediate team won the London and District Youth Soccer League indoor championship with a 3-1 victory over the London United Mavericks, who had not lost all year prior to the final.

The Nor'West team now moves to outdoor play and is preparing for its first game in the London and District Youth Soccer League.


The North London Meteors under-16 girls' team played in last weekend's early bird tournament, held by the North London club, and defeated the under-18 Ottawa Internationals 2-1 in the under-18 final.

This was the team's second tournament of the season. At an Ohio tourney during Easter, the girls were finalists in the under-17 division.


The under-17 boys' Curinga Blue Devils, LDYSL Challenge Cup champions last year, kick off the season tomorrow against St. Thomas. The 11 a.m. game will be held at pristine Athletic Park in St. Thomas.

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