They only got one shot on net in the second half, but they kept their head above water.
The Qualita Cleaners (1-2) got their first victory of the season with a 3-2 win over Murraya Dental in U-11 soccer at the Canada Games Centre on Wednesday.
“It was great,” said Cleaners coach Sarah Hanson, “our team kind of came together today and we had a player (Zarek Jones) show up that hadn’t been out yet. He was a really good addition to our team. That helped round things out and everyone got a better feel of their positions and what their jobs were when they were playing.”
Murraya Dental was the first to draw blood, with Luke Bakica tipping in a cross-field pass to put his team up 1-0 just three minutes into the game. However, the Cleaners scored three times before half time, starting with Melorie Hanson in minute five, surrounded by Murraya defence, she did a quick turn-and-release, finding the bottom corner. Cleaners Jordan Runions and Graeme Parker then scored, with both squeezing shots through the legs of the Murraya goalkeeper.
Isaac Allen scored Murraya’s second goal with one minute left to play in the game, on a high shot, stopped and accidentally put in by the Cleaners’ goalie.
“We held them in the second – they only got one shot in the second,” said Murraya Dental coach Derek Hyde. “We were short three people in the first half of the game.
“We had one show up at half time. Homework got in the way; his homework had to be done.
“We deserved to lose today, we weren’t up to it,” added Hyde.
For her tenacious and effective defensive play, Delaney Arrell was named the Cleaners’ MVP.
“She just did great on defence today, she was really feisty and went after the ball,” said Hanson. “She did a really good job out there keeping the ball out of the net.”
Getting the corresponding MVP nod for Murraya (2-1) was Emily Ross.
“She played all three; she played in goal, defence and up front as well,” said Hyde. “She put everything she had into it. It was very good.”
Lawyer crew lays down law
Despite a hat trick by Tristan Rentmeister, Dirk Built Contracting was unable to construct their first win of the season, losing 6-3 win to Austring, Fendrick and Fairman in U-11 play Wednesday.
“There were good heroic efforts,” said Dirk Built coach Ian Moore. “We had somebody with a raspberry on her knee and (Austring) had a player down on the field at the end. It was a hard-fought game out there.”
Scoring for Austring were John Dogastin, Jeremy Phillips, Samiha Amin and Akshay Malhotra with two.
“I feel like we have a good group of kids because they were passing and playing very selflessly,” said lawyer crew coach Bob Sagar. “They’re no ball-hogs.”
While Rentmeister was named his team’s MVP for his scoring, Austring’s MVP, John Dogastin, was named for keeping balls out of the net as goalkeeper in the second half.
“He did an incredible job,” said Sagar.
After getting a bye in the first week of play, Austring (1-1) lost their season opener 5-2 to Murraya Dental on Monday.
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