Friday, October 31, 2014

Defending champs out

Going from worst to first in a division or league is shocking.
But when that trend goes in reverse, sometimes it’s even more so.

A difficult season ended under tough circumstances for defending champion Senior Pharmasave as the shorthanded squad fell 6-0 to the La Place Rendez-Vous Voyageurs U18 squad in the fourth vs. fifth place playoff game in the men’s division of the Borderland Soccer League last night.
The Vous, led by Adam Stromberg’s two goals, now will face top-ranked International Travel Services in one of two semi-finals set for Monday at 6:30 p.m.
The other one will pit second-place Manitou Forest Products against third-place Pharmasave.
Finding enough players to field a team was an ongoing theme for Senior Pharmasave all season, so it surprised virtually nobody when the team barely scraped together the minimum seven players required to start last night’s game.
The lack of punctuality cost the veteran crew dearly in the opening three minutes.
Conor McManaman took advantage of the 11-on-7 manpower situation to cut inside and drill a low blast past Senior Pharmasave keeper Sone Sonnasinh.
Two more Senior Pharmasave players arrived ready for action immediately after McManaman’s goal, but not even that could slow down the Voyageurs’ attack.
Ian Jodoin, Aaron Bujold, and Chandler Clugston also scored for the Vous.
Cole Tymkin played most of the game in goal for the Voyageurs before Chase McGuire took over for the final 15 minutes.

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