Team Blue earns a shutout

Staff writer
November 16, 2012 01:00 AM

Team Blue picked up a 2-0 win over Team Navy in Sunshine Coast Youth Soccer Association (SCYSA) House League action last weekend.

Team Blue played a great game and welcomed the return of Brandon Bezaire to their forward line. The game got off to a good start with both teams vying for the ball and lots of great passing. Using winger Shahid Goondiwala, Team Blue had some opportunities to score. Brandon had some great shots on net, but he was unable to get them past Team Navy's amazing keeper. Bradley Cottrell played well on the left wing along with Coen Devlin on the right. With Owen Beerling making some long passes in the middle, Team Blue kept the ball in Team Navy's end.

Callum Christiansen opened the scoring in the second half.

Both teams were battling it out trying to get the ball in their possession when speedy forward Brett Bjornson got a pass, took a shot on net, which was deflected by Team Navy's keeper, only to have Brandon come out of nowhere and kick it into the net for the rebound. Owen Semaniuk and Angus Clark played strong on defence helping keeper Sam Fitzgerald to the shutout.

Team Orange picked up a 4-0 win over Team Green, finally enjoying a sunny day after three weeks playing in the rain.

Orange was able to break through a tough Green defence with a long pass straight up the middle of the field and was able to score on some nice transitions. Matthew Risebrough had a solid two-way game. Xavier Benjamin and Jake Huson made some good defensive plays, while Jacob Simkins and Nofa Messner did a great job in goal, sharing the shutout.

Blue Lightning FC hosted the Black Pandas in a great game last Saturday.

While the Lightning won the game, both teams played great and had a lot of fun.

The Red Titans battled to a 4-4 tie with the Yellow Raging Warriors last weekend. It was anyone's game, right down to the final whistle.

The Raging Warriors defence was awesome and made many saves during several melees in front of their net, denying the Red Titans from scoring. The Raging Warriors offence was also well drilled and came at the Warriors in organized lines.

"I was pleased to see our girls rise to this challenge and play a more disciplined game," said Warriors' coach Ron Nelson. "The girls communicated and passed well and kept challenging. Our mid-fielders ran the whole field. Our defence was solid and did a great job supporting each other and our goalie."

Coaches Richard, Duncan and Stephanie had the Active Start Green group playing a fun game of freeze tag, which had parents and kids really moving.

The group was then separated into wild animal teams and ran relays, followed by a game of kings and queens, who try to get the ball past the joker (coach Richard) to score a goal.

The kids practised passing with their parents and then the team finished up sprinting around the nets.

There was a lot of great positive energy from the kids and the sunshine was fantastic.

Rep division

U12 boys

The Falcons lost 4-3 to the WBN Thunder last weekend.

Simeon Campbell scored off a penalty shot, cracked his kneecap, and is out of play for a while.

U14 boys

Missing two players, the Scorpions lost to their arch-rivals, the South Burnaby strikers, 2-0.

U16 girls

The Vipers played an exciting match last Sunday, winning their first game in division one 3-2 over Surrey.

The Vipers started slow against a physical Surrey team and were down 1-0 at the half. But in the second half, the Vipers stepped up their play.

Shaelyn Fitzsimmons popped a goal from a nice cross by Zoey Schutz. Vipers had reverted to their controlled passing game, which allowed Talia Barnum to score two more goals, one off a cross from Jenna Reid, and the second a breakaway that resulted from a perfect touch from Stephanie Slingerland.

U13 boys

The Thunderbirds dropped a close 3-2 decision to the North Van Surge.

The game was tied 1-1 at the half with the Thun-derbirds pulling ahead 2-1 early in the second half, but the Surge tied the game 2-2 and with seven minutes remaining scored the winner.

The Thunderbirds applied a lot of pressure in the remaining minutes, but were unable to tie up the game.

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