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Sarnia FC U11 Premier Team Successful in Barrie All Star Challenge

Wednesday July 10, 2013

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The Sarnia FC - U11 Boys Premier team recently competed in their second tournament of the season - "The Barrie All-Star Challenge". Having won their first tournament of the year, the expectations were high from both coaches and players alike.


After the long drive - the team was raring to get things underway and the boys would face Byron FC in their first match of the day! All games would be played on the Mini fields which did not impress the team. Whatever the case they were anxious to get things underway.  Sarnia FC would set a fierce tempo from the onset as Byron would retreat to play a defensive style game.  Sarnia would score first on a crushing shot from mid-fielder Kyle Flamminio.  The Sarnia Reds would have ample opportunities to increase their lead but the tight Byron defense stood tall.  Sarnia left-midfielder Nathan Hawkes would add to the lead on a very nice demonstration of ball control as he dribbled around two defenders and calmly fired the ball past the Byron keeper.  Great effort from all Sarnia players on a great opening game!  Both Jack Hutchison and Andrew Harron stood tall in goal for Sarnia earning the shutout!  Final Score - Sarnia FC   2   -   Byron FC  0.


Their second match pitted Sarnia against the Woolrich Wolfpack.  Woolrich would play 4 men in their back end which made it difficult for Sarnia to penetrate. Sarnia would get on the board first however, when mid-fielder James Brown was taken down hard in the Woolrich box resulting in a Penalty kick being awarded to Sarnia.  Striker, Mateo Troiani would be called upon to take the PK and he did not disappoint his fellow teammates as he blasted it into the right corner of the Woolrich goal.  In the second half, Sarnia would add to their lead when a deflected ball found its way to Sarnia striker Ryan Janssens who went in on the breakaway and fired a bullet past a sprawling Woolrich keeper.  Sarnia mid-fielder Dominic Krasinkiewicz would close out the scoring for Sarnia as he hammered in a loose rebound to make it a 3 - 1 final score.


On Sunday morning, Sarnia would face the home team Barrie in their third game of the preliminary round.  The boys would dominate play, maintaining possession for most of the game. The Sarnia team would look very impressive in obtaining a 7 - 0 win over the home squad.  That victory would push Sarnia through to the final championship game later on in the afternoon.


Sarnia FC would once again face the Woolrich Wolfpack in the U11 finals.  Unfortunately, the overcast skies would open up as the rain began to fall prior to the opening KO.  The game would be a defensive match as both teams commenced rather cautiously.  Sarnia would control play for most of the half but could not solve the Woolrich keeper. As the half wound down , Woolrich would open the scoring on a very questionable offside, as their striker would fire the ball which eluded the Sarnia keeper. The halftime whistle blew with Sarnia trailing by one.


The Sarnia boys came out strong in the second half and pinned Woolrich deep in their end for most of the play. Good scoring opportunities came and went as Sarnia struggled to find the back of the net.  They showed great poise and execution but there was not much room as Woolrich retreated all players in the 18 yrd box.  The final whistle would sound leaving Sarnia trailing by one goal to close out the tournament.  An unfortunate scenario for Sarnia however all coaches could not have asked for more of an effort from the Red machine!   Overall -  A great tournament showing for the Sarnia FC - U11 Premier team. They outscored their opponents 12 - 2, and dominated most play!


Their next tournament scheduled is the A.C. Douglas in Niagara Falls!!





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