A girls' soccer team that was the first to win an Ontario Provincial Cup and will also be inducted into the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame was honoured by city council, Monday night.
Mayor Jeff Lehman said the city is accustomed to excelling at hockey, so it was nice to see the Barrie Soccer Club’s under-15 girls team achieve provincial glory.
“This is such a milestone because it is that first Ontario provincial championship for a Barrie soccer club,” he said, adding it “sets the stage for more to come.”
Coach Will Devellis was, understandably, very proud of his squad.
“This team has achieved so much in a very short time,” he said. “They’ve attracted attention from the likes of national team coaches, Canada Soccer and, more recently, even college coaches.”
Devellis said the team is comprised of “hard-working individuals who play for each other on the field and care for each other off the field. They’re great human beings and they’re all about our community and our city.”
Devellis said he looks forward to seeing the players’ continued success both on and off the pitch, while also joking that he hopes to someday see soccer overtake hockey in the city.
Lehman called it a “remarkable moment for soccer in the city,” prior to giving each player and coach a certificate on behalf of the city.
“For those who think that soccer season is only a few months long, rep soccer is a year-round affair,” the mayor said. “You start training in the late fall … for the season that begins in the late spring and then you start again shortly after for the next season.
“It is a major commitment that each of these players makes, and a major commitment that their parents make,” he added. “But all of that hard work has paid off with being Ontario champions.”