Following a season that was rife wit losing, Pharmasave will be glad to say it finished its season on a winning note against the top dogs from a year ago.
Anniss Seid had the lone goal as Pharmasave shut out defending champion International Travel Services 1-0 to win the third-place game in the men’s division of the Borderland Soccer League last night at the Struchan Gilson Soccer Pitch.
Pharmasave finished in last place in the league with a 2-12-2 record, but won its last two regular-season games before dropping a tight 1-0 decision to first-place Manitou Forest Products in Tuesday’s semifinal.
Brett Bodnarchuk, filling in for season-long starter Josh Bye for unknown reasons, didn’t look like a newcomer as he registered the shutout and outduelled ITS goalkeeper Kurt McGuire last night.
Second-place ITS’ offence dried up at the worst possible time, as the squad was also blanked 1-0 in Tuesday’s other semifinal by third-place La Place Rendez-Vous U-18 Voyageurs.
Liam Metke, who had just one goal in the regular season, had the only tally in the contest.
Alex Gustafson was perfect in net as the Vous handed ITS goalkeeper Britt Green his first loss of the season after he went a flawless 4-0 in the regular campaign.
Manitou notched the hard-fought win on Tuesday over Pharmasave in large part to yet another shutout for goalkeeper James Pavier (league-high seven in the regular season) and a marker from league goal scoring champion Ahmadou Idrissou (17 goals).
That means it will be Manitou and the Vous duking it out in the men’s championship final tonight at 6:30 p.m..
In the women’s division, Al’s Racquet Stringing didn’t even have to show up to receive third place as Boston Pizza issued notification a day earlier they would be forfeiting last night’s scheduled contest.
The championship final will be a rematch between defending champion Taggs/Source for Sports, second place in the standings this year, and regular-season champion La Place Rendez-Vous U-18 Voyageurs tonight at 6:30 p.m.
The Voyageurs smoked Boston Pizza 13-0 in their semifinal on Monday, while Taggs bested Al’s 5-2 in the other.
Taggs won last year’s final over the favoured Voyageurs in a penalty-kick shootout, but will need to be on their toes even more so this time around against a Vous offence that generated a whopping 105 goals in the regular season (Taggs had 43).
It will also be a clash of the league’s top two goal scorers as Jess Caul of Taggs (league-high 20) and Erin Tomalty of the Voyageurs (18) will match their ball-blasting skills.
Tomalty had a double hat trick against Boston Pizza, while Caul had a natural hat trick against Al’s in the Monday games.
Award presentations for both divisions will be made following the title games.