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Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018
Norina Lyte hat trick softens the Impact
by Randy Pascal

The North York Explosion may have been the better team Sunday at the James Jerome Sports Complex, but it was the scoring touch of Korina Lyte that really made the difference.

The offensive dynamo, who has committed to the Seneca Sting for the fall of 2017, took care of all of the scoring, recording a hat trick as North York blanked the GSSC (Greater Sudbury Soccer Club) Impact U21 Women 3-0 in OWSL Central Region play.

Up 1-0 at the half, the Explosion moved the ball from right to left in the 57th minute, with Lyte finding just enough room in the middle of the field to notch her second goal of the game. After missing another chance a few minutes later, she stepped in front of a Sudbury clearing attempt and quickly re-deposited the ball in the back of the net, closing out the North York attack.

The best Impact chance would come late, as Chelsie Sargeant played a deft chip shot that bounced off the crossbar, back in the direction of Laura Fratin, who simply could not get enough mustard on the bouncing sphere to break the visitors' shutout.

Still, after suffering a 6-0 loss to the same team on the road at the end of June, encouraging signs were evident for the Sudbury side, even as their season record dropped to 1-5-1 on the year.

"We did a lot better this weekend," said Fratin. "We moved the ball better, we played more as a team, we pulled our defence together." The Impact were coming off a 1-1 tie with Peterborough City on Saturday, as Susie Chard netted the only Sudbury tally.

The locals were hard pressed to keep it going against a North York team that now sits at 5-1-2. "They were really good at possession," said Fratin. "We started to pick it up at the end. We kind of saw the gaps and filled those in. We were making better passes, we were better on our touches, we were taking the ball down. In the first half, they were getting all of those."

Heading into grade 12 in the fall at Lasalle Secondary, Fratin has seen some positive takeaways from a summer in which the majority of her team is facing provincial level competition for the very first time.

"This league has made me a lot more aggressive," said the 17 year old attacker. "I used to think the ball would just come to me. These girls are really on it, so I have to be better." Fratin drilled home the only goal for her team in a 3-1 loss to the North Toronto Nitro on June 10th, slowly developing her touch inside the box.

"I think goal scorers have a natural taste for it," she said. "That wasn't really me before, but I think I'm getting better at it." Rounding out the Sudbury roster are Manon Valiquette, Taylor Watkins, Danica Small, Bailey Narasnek, Cassie Gingras, Kiara Parry, Christine Kettle, Alison Byrnes, Jamila Sargeant, Haylee Lavigne, Alex Jameus, Eleanore Gravel and Megan Smith.

The Impact will have a busy weekend coming up, heading south to face North Toronto on Saturday and returning home to host the Whitby Iroquois (0-6-0) Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at James Jerome.

With four points, the Sudbury girls are tied for fifth place with Newmarket United (1-3-1) in the seven team league, two points back of the Nitro and four behind Peterborough City.

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