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Sarnia FC (Chelsea) U10 Participated in First Tournament of Season

June 4, 2012

The Sarnia FC Chelsea U10's participated in their first soccer tournament of the season the Middlesex United in Strathroy.
Under rainy skies the boys opened up the weekend facing The German Canadian FC London Firebolts. Sarnia fell behind early in the game but rallied late in the first half to tie the game. Chelsea striker Mateo Troiani sent the perfect cross ball to midfielder Tristen Konrad who handled it beautifully and rifled a thunderous shot into the left corner of the German goal. Teams went into half tied at ones.
The second half proved to be Sarnia's game as they dominated possession and opportunities. Sarnia Striker Ryan Janssens put Chelsea ahead sending a booming blast from 20 yards out which completely surprised the Firebolt goalie. Troiani would add another goal mid-way through the second half as he would not be denied pouncing on his own rebound. Sarnia's defence would hold strong and close out the game. Final Score: Sarnia FC Chelsea 3 - GCFC Firebolts 1.
Chelsea would play District rivals Chatham Attack for their second tournament game. Sarnia FC would fire out of the gate quickly when fullback Christian D'Agostini sent the clearing ball to Dominic Krasinkiewicz who in turn would fire the through ball to Striker Mateo Troiani who did not disappoint placing the perfect shot into the right corner of the Attack goal. Chatham would equalize shortly after and take a one goal lead into the second half. Sarnia would start the second strong and pressure Chatham early. A hand ball called against the Attack defender gave Sarnia a penalty shot. Striker Mateo Troiani would convert the PK and tie the game. Ryan Janssens would add a third goal as he dribbled past two defenders and hammered in the loose ball. The Attack would score in the dying seconds of the game on a corner kick to close it out with a tie. Chelsea keeper Andrew Harron made some great saves to keep Sarnia in the contest! Final Score: Sarnia FC Chelsea 3 - Chatham Attack 3.
Sarnia FC Chelsea would automatically advance to the semi-finals by finishing first seed in their division. They would face London Olympiakos CFP in the match. Olympiakos would come out strong scoring three goals in the first half. Sarnia would generate numerous opportunities but could not solve the London goalie. The second half , as usual belonged to Chelsea. Sarnia forced play, dominating possession constantly attacking in the offensive zone. Sarnia FC mid-fielder Tristen Konrad would make his way around two Olympiakos defenders before finally being tackled in the penalty area. The referee quickly stepped in and signalled for the PK. Once again, striker Mateo Troiani would be called on to take the penalty kick. Calmly he blasted the shot into the right corner of the goal sending an eruption of joy to the Sarnia sidelines.

The tides began to turn as Sarnia mounted their comeback. A flustered London team would revert to play a defensive role for the remainder of the game. Soon after, Sarnia would be rewarded a corner kick with veteran striker Ryan Janssens stepping in to take it. With utmost perfection, Janssens sent the perfect bending shot which eluded the Olympiakos keeper and tucked its way into the back of the net. An almost impossible shot fired a new life line into the Chelsea team. Panic grew on the London sidelines as Sarnia dominated play. The best chances created many missed opportunities for Sarnia as the final whistle blew and time ran out! Sarnia would miss the finals but gave parents, fans and coaches an absolutely amazing display of heart, emotion, passion and skill to witness. Strong effort from all the Sarnia FC U-10 boys! Coaches could not ask for anything more from the kids!! Final Score: Sarnia FC Chelsea 2 - Olympiakos CFP 3.