The Yukon Brewing men’s soccer team deserved a cold one Saturday afternoon.
The brew crew defeated Quest Computers 3-2 in the final of the Whitehorse Rapids +35 Soccer League for the 2013 title at the Canada Games Centre.
Down 1-0 going into the second half, Yukon Brewing scored three quick goals to secure the win.
“That was really a strong period for the first 10 minutes of the second half,” said Brewing’s Gord Debruyn. “We didn’t have a really strong first half. We had scoring chances, but we didn’t play really well. We played a good first 10 minutes – that was really the only good period we played in the game. Towards the end we weren’t really strong either.”
Yukon Brewing, who finished first in the regular season, ended the first half with a pair of scoring chances, but couldn’t get the ball past Quest goalkeeper Patrick Jackson, who made numerous diving saves.
Brewing took the lead on second-half goals from Bruno Bourdache, Joe Morrison and Victor Lavander with the game-winner. Teammate Guliano Ravo had two assists.
“That was definitely the turning point of the game,” said Quest captain Jim Connell. “We just sagged a little bit after their first goal and it took five minutes or so to get our legs back. By that time they had popped in two more and it was an uphill climb from there.”
Connell scored his team’s first-half goal on a tight angle shot early in the game. Quest’s David Troup scored midway through the second, getting behind Brewing goalie Ivo Amaral and putting it in the empty net.
Quest Computers, who finished the regular season in second, reached the final with a 5-2 win over Pine Plumbing in the semifinal on Feb 26. Quest started the second half down 2-0 before scoring five unanswered goals.
Yukon Brewing had a tougher time getting to the final. They defeated Pepsi 5-4 in a shootout on Feb. 28. Pepsi tied the game 3-3 with just a couple minutes left in the second half. Both teams then scored in the resulting overtime to push it to a penalty-shot finale.
“They were the best team all year, so I’d say they deserve it,” said Connell. “But we gave them a good run.
“It was like the whole season: very close, very competitive. It’s a great league and I encourage anyone over 35 to come out and play.”
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