Scoring two goals on its first two shots, Woodhouse Consulting went on to beat Sportslife 2-1 to take gold in the 12-and-under division finals this past weekend at FH Collins soccer field.
Woodhouse’s Ryan Chippett got his team’s game-winning goal 15 minutes into play. Already up 1-0, Chippett doubled his team’s score by finding the bottom-right corner of Sportslife’s net. Sportlife’s defence had just blocked a barrage of shots resulting from a corner kick, but Chippett managed to find a gap.
“I just came down and I saw an open net,” said Chippett, describing his game-winning goal. “I didn’t have enough time to go with my right foot, so I went with my other foot and it went in.”
Woodhouse’s first goal came 11 minutes into the first half when Wyatt Gale put one in the mesh on a shot from 15 yards out. Sportslife’s goalkeeper managed to get a piece of it but was unable to keep it from penetrating.
In the second half, Sportslife showed some life, with better passing that produced more chances.
“We had a bit of a sagging period — our spirits were down a little bit after they scored two goals — so it took a bit of perking back up,” said Sportslife head coach Martin Raillard. “In the second half they played really well.”
Sportlife’s only goal came halfway through the second half. After bringing the ball down the side and cutting in from the corner, Camille Galloway took a tight-angle shot that sailed over the goalkeeper and put her team back within a goal.
“We started playing defensively, so they came in more often and we didn’t bring it up as much,” said Chippett. “We had to defend our lead.
“Everyone was playing really well and we had some good competition,” he said. “In the end we got it out like we’re supposed to and we won.”
“I’m very proud of our team because they improved extremely from the beginning and they improved a lot,” said Raillard. “So we’re very happy with the silver medal.”
Southern Lakes flows
into winner’s circle
Despite last-ditch efforts to tie the game in the final minutes, Remax was unable to defeat Southern Lakes Yard Support, losing 3-2 in the finals of the 13-and-under division.
In a less balanced game, Assante Financial defeated Wintemute Electrical 7-2, to take the bronze medal.
Mic Mac paddy-whacks Bumper to Bumper
In a battle of undefeated teams, Mic Mac Toyota was the one to keep possession of a perfect tournament record, defeating Bumper to Bumper 4-1 in the gold-medal game in the 16-and-under division.
A third team that went through the round-robin section of the three-day tournament with a perfect record intact, Energy North, took a 8-1 win over EBA Engineering in the bronze medal game.