Although it was a less than ideal situation for CJ Contracting, it still fought hard to the very end.
Fielding just the minimum seven players needed in order not to forfeit, CJ (1-2-2) ultimately ran out of gas as they suffered a 7-0 setback to Centra Pipelines in Borderland Soccer League men's division action last Wednesday night at the St. Francis Sports Field.
After a surprisingly back-and-forth start to the first half, Centra—who fielded a full team plus a few subs—opened the scoring as Zack Koomans took advantage of some space before firing a low shot past CJ keeper Alex Gustafson.
Darian Klem then made it a two-goal cushion before halftime as he was able to connect with a low strike that also fooled Gustafson.
Klem then went from scoring goals to trying to prevent them as he replaced Tyler Hamm in goal for Centra (5-0-1) to start the second half.
Cam Gobeil turned on the jets and sprung past a tired CJ defensive line as he blasted a low shot home before Matt Guptell tallied moments later to stake Centra to a commanding 4-0 lead.
Then on an odd-man rush, Nico Kooistra bulged the twine to put his side up by five.
Jaxon Gartzke then connected as he booted home a one-timer before Hamm rounded out the scoring later in the half on a 3-on-0 rush.
Hamm and Klem shared the shutout in goal while Gustafson fought valiantly—and made some great saves—in taking the loss.
There were no games last night due to the Canada Day holiday.
CJ is slated to face Manitou Forest Products (0-4-1) tomorrow night before attempting to hand Centra its first loss of the season on Thursday.
Both games will start at 7 p.m. at the St. Francis Sports Field.
In women's division action last Tuesday night, meanwhile, Natalie Mitchell netted a hat trick to pace Al's Racquet Stringing to their first win of the season in a 7-3 decision over La Place Rendez-Vous.
Rindy Veldhuisen and Sydney Radigan each scored twice to round out the offence while Phyllis Pierson earned the win in goal for Al's (1-3).
Pasquel Shortreed tallied twice while Maggie Jean also connected in a losing cause for the Vous (3-1).
Nicole Rogozinski was in goal for the first half while Claire Sobkowicz and Kaylyn Levesque shared keeper duties in the second half.
The two squads will battle once again tonight at 7 p.m. at the St. Francis Sports Field (weather permitting).