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Sarnia FC Chelsea competed at Cambridge Heritage Soccer Tournament

July 9, 2012 

Sarnia FC Chelsea recently participated in the Cambridge Heritage Soccer tournament. This was their second tournament of the season and were facing some strong competition. The U10 division had 12 teams registered with 3 pools of 4 teams.

Sarnia FC would face Kitchener Spirit in their first match. The Kitchener U10's boasted an undefeated record in their District league play and were looking to keep the streak intact. Sarnia would come out strong with an abundance of energy and took the early lead when mid-fielder James Brown lofted the ball behind a surprised keeper. Later, Sarnia forward Tristen Konrad would put Chelsea up by two when he found the back of the net in a goal mouth scramble. Kitchener would get a goal late in the game but the Sarnia defence would hold strong to close out the match with a 2 - 1 victory.
Host team Cambridge United would be their second opponents for Chelsea. A much more disciplined team would prove to be fierce competition. Cambridge came out of the gate with force and pinned sarnia in their zone for most of the opening action. Half way through the first, Cambridge would open the scoring. Sarnia FC would finally slow the pace and began counter attacking. With the Cambridge defence pinching in, Sarnia mid-fielder James Brown would send the perfect through ball to striker Ryan Janssens who did not disappoint as he fired a booming shot pass the Cambridge netminder. The game would end in a 1 - 1 tie.


After the first day of soccer, Sarnia FC Chelsea would find themselves tied with Windsor Arsenal for first place in the division. Windsor would be their opponent in Sunday's first match. The winner would advance to the finals. Some very good soccer would be witnessed by family and fans as the two teams showed why they finished tied for first place. Windsor would get on the board first when they would convert on a loose rebound from a corner kick. The shot would be sent on goal and deflected high off the cross bar from Chelsea goalie Andrew Harron. The ball found its way back in play and after a huge scramble the Arsenal forward would find the net. Minutes later, Windsor would take a two goal lead with about 10 minutes to go in regulation time. Sarnia FC would begin to mount their comeback forcing play in the Windsor end. Sarnia would be rewarded with a corner kick as forward Mateo Troiani would complete the honours. Troiani would send the perfect ball on goal which found the foot of mid-fielder James Brown, who deflected the ball with force into the Arsenal goal. Sarnia would dominate the dying minutes of the match but could not muster another goal. Time would run out and the boys would find themselves one goal shy of advancing.  Final score 2 - 1.

  A "GREAT" team effort on all parts of the pitch. Coaches and parents were very proud of their accomplishments!










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