With shifts in momentum swinging like Tarzan on a vine, it was a lesson in maintaining leads for both teams.
In a back-and-forth battle, the Lake Laberge Lions took a lead, lost it and then almost tied the game in the final seconds as the team took a close 6-5 loss to Prime Meridian Physiotherapy in U-13 soccer play at the Canada Games Centre Wednesday.
“Our MVP (Peter Jacob) was the goalie that played the first half and he made some wicked saves to keep us in the game,” said Prime Meridian coach Drew Wintemute. “He made some key saves – I don’t know if you saw the game, but he got hit in the head twice by the ball. So that kept us in the game.”
Down 3-1 in the first half, Prime Meridian made it 3-3 on a goal by Samuel Lee, his second, to tie the game in the final seconds before half. Prime then took its first lead of the game in the opening minute of the second half on a second goal from Moose Syed, beating Lions goalkeeper Kieran Halliday in a foot race to an open ball. Aldo Ramos-Aranda continued his team’s run with two more quick goals to go up 6-3, lobbing a short shot over Halliday and then catching him out of net for a goal.
“I think my goaltending was not the best and our defence kind of collapsed in the second half,” said Halliday.
Having spent enough time in net for his liking, Halliday left his team’s goal box, scoring twice in the final minutes, bring his total up to four goals on the game, to pull his team within one.
“We kind of let up; we had a five-minute trip to La La Land,” said Wintemute. “We just let up thinking we had the victory in hand and they made a game of it.”
“I think they got tired or over confident that they thought they would win,” said Halliday.
On a handball infraction, the Lions were awarded a penalty shot at the end of the game, but Prime second-half goalkeeper Casson Fleshman made a leaping save to keep his team ahead.
Scoring the Lions’ opening goal was Morgan Paul, and Landon Worsfold was named his team’s MVP.
“Landon is just a great player and he was on the field a lot in the game,” said Halliday. “He did pretty good.”
Computec Embroidery 5,
Coates Services 2
Computec scorers: Dominic Cheeseman 2, Will Klassen 1, Aaron Rich 1, Josh West 1,
MVP Josh West
Coates scorers: Payton Lenaff 1, Cameron Elliot 1, MVP n/a
Boston Pizza 1,
Soccer Shoppe 1
Boston scorer: Aidan Dias 1, MVP n/a
Andrew Robert 1, MVP n/a
Fountain Tire 4,
Murraya Dental 3
Fountain scorers: Gabriel Nadon 2, Antoine Dion-Lafortune 1, Sierra Link 1, MVP Antoine Dion-Lafortune
Murraya scorers: Emily Ross 2, Mikaela Ponsieon 1, MVP Elisha Leenders
Qualita Cleaners 1
Physio scorers: Tyler Milton 2, Aimee Parker 1, MVP Tyler Milton
Qualita scorers: Malorie Hanson 1,
MVP Alex Coyne
Whitehorse Motors 6,
Dirkbuilt Contracting 3
Motors scorers: Skylar Bryant 3, Samuel Garcia Alcantara 3, MVP Jade McLeod
Dirkbuilt scorers: Tristan Rentmeister 2, Jacob Wyers 1,
MVP Jacob Wyers
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