Sarnia FC U11 Boys Go Undefeated in Hamilton Indoor Soccer Tournament Tuesday march 12, 2013
The Sarnia U11 Boys Indoor Soccer team travelled to Hamilton over the week-end to participate in the "Player's Paradise - March Madness Soccer Tournament". The team added a few players to their roster as some boys were vacationing during the school break. Kyle Flaminnio, Tristen Konrad and Matthew Gouveia made the trip with the team as they fielded 11 players. The tournament would feature a 9 v 9 format which is what the U11 boys will experience in this summer's outdoor season.
The boys were excited to partake in this event which would feature some strong competition from the Toronto, Niagara, Hamilton region. Their first competitors of the day were the Thornhill Thunder. Sarnia would blast out of the gate, exemplifying strong ball skill and team play. The dominant pressure would finally reward the team as Sarnia striker Michael Howe opened the scoring with a hard low drive into the corner of the Thornhill net. Continued pressure and ample opportunities would lead to a second goal by mid-fielder James Brown who would fly in on the wing and convert the errand rebound. Solid defense prevailed throughout the entire game as veterans Dean Palimaka, Alex Newell, Cameron Hoek and rookie Matthew Gouveia stood tall denying all Thunder opportunities. Sarnia FC keeper Andrew Harron would net the shutout on a relatively quiet morning.
Final Score: Sarnia FC 2 - Thornhill Thunder 0 .
The second game of the afternoon, featured Sarnia FC against the Innisfil Stampeders ( North Toronto). The Stampeders came out strong and controlled the first five minutes of the game, however once the dust settled Sarnia began to mount their own attacks. Some great ball skill and possession were evident on both sides of the pitch as these two teams were very evenly matched. It looked like Sarnia would open the scoring as mid-fielder James Brown fired in a rebound however the referee called the "off-side" and the game remained scoreless. Both teams had numerous scoring chances but the defense prevailed at opposite ends of the field as the game closed out in a scoreless draw. Parents were witness however to a very exciting game!!
Final Score: Sarnia FC 0 - Innisfil Stampeders 0.
The final game of the day pitted Sarnia FC versus the Kitchener Spirit. This was a team familiar with coaches and players as they have met previously in other past soccer tournaments.
At the opening kick-off, Sarnia would dominate possession, Barcelona like, showcasing some strong passing skills. The boys would pressure Kitchener on numerous occasions but could not finish in the box. It is games like these where the dominant team usually get scored on first and this was no exception. A Kitchener rush up the touch line would be rewarded as the mid-fielder placed the perfect shot past an outstretched Sarnia keeper. Sarnia would quickly re-group and continue to pressure Kitchener deep in their end of the pitch. At the 17th minute mark of action, Sarnia's Tristen Konrad would not disappoint as his fortitude paid off and he finally solved the Spirit goalie firing the low shot into the right corner of the net. The goal seemed to ignite Sarnia FC even more as they were anxious for more. Konrad would once again respond, as he converted a loose ball in a mad scramble in the Kitchener box. The goal sent a lifeline of enthusiasm through the team as they closed out with the win!
Final Score: Sarnia FC 2 - Kitchener Spirit 1.
A fine weekend for Sarnia soccer - All coaches and parents were 'very' proud of the teams success and gameplay!