They played each other tough all season—and it was more of the same in the first game of the Borderland Soccer League's men's division final.
First-place CJ Contracting and second-seeded Manitou Forest Products battled to a scoreless tie Monday night to set the tone for a thrilling wrap-up to the men's season.
CJ's Cole Kowalski and Manitou's Jacob Albright were stellar in both earning shutouts in goal.
The second-and-deciding game of the total-goals championship final was slated for last night, with the outcome not known as of press time.
CJ had earned the bye to the final by virtue of their first-place finish during the regular season.
Manitou, meanwhile, had to earn its way in by first knocking off last-place Centra Pipelines in last week's two-game, total-goals semi-final.
Josh Nussbaumer scored twice to pace Manitou to a 3-0 shutout of Centra in the opener last Wednesday night.
Chris Sinclair scored the other goal for Manitou while Albright earned the shutout.
Tyler Hamm suffered the loss.
Then the following night, the two squads fought hard in grinding their way to a 1-1 tie.
Cole Magill opened the scoring for Manitou in the early minutes of the second half, making a few dekes before firing a rocket top-shelf over Hamm.
Cam Gobeil then drew Centra even later in the half.
After working his way in on goal, Gobeil spun his body around a defender and fired a well-placed shot to the lower bottom-left side of the net that fooled Albright.
But despite a few more chances, Centra couldn't muster up enough goals to pull out the series win.
On the women's side, the winner-takes-all final between first-place La Place Rendez-Vous and second-place Al's Racquet Stringing also was slated for last night, with the outcome not known as of press time.
The Vous (6-3-2) had cruised to a 6-0 rout of Al's (3-6-2) last Tuesday night in the regular-season finale between the two squads.
Claire Sobkowicz scored twice to pace the Vous' offence while Alyssa Faragher, Claire Hyatt, Maggie Jean, and Myla Angus also bulged the twine.
Myla Angus and Grace Kooistra split the keeper duties for the Vous while Hailey Beaudry allowed all six goals in taking the loss.