The Sarnia FC U 10 Red team was down before they began on perhaps the warmest game to date last night in LKDYSL action. Unfortunately, the team had three players out with either illness or injury which left them with a very, very short bench on a hot June evening.
Despite the odds not being in their favour the remaining FC Red team came out to play. Their ball movement and passing was terrific in the first half and they were rewarded with the first goal of the night when Centre Mid-fielder Matthew Gouveia would fire one into the bottom corner of the net past the U9 keeper. A short while later, Jordan Foster would hammer one past the goalie and finish off what would be a great team corner play. The U9 team would add one of their own to finish the half 2-1 in favour of Red.
It was obvious at half that having only 2 subs, compared to the u9 team's two complete lines, was taking its toll on the Red Machine. Despite being exhausted, the boys were motivated and ready for action in the second half.
The U9 team would score their second and tie up the game. The U 10 Red would counter with this goal and add their third on a composed flick over the keeper's head from Jacob Drapotoy. Again, capitalizing on the fatigue of the Red team , the U 9 players used their fresh legs to score their third. Again, not to be defeated, the U 10 Red Machine dug deep as Ewan Morrisson took a feed from Matthew Gouveia and scored a terrific top corner shot to net the team's fourth of the game. In this ping pong style match, the U9 team would again counter with their fourth on a goal line scramble in front of the U 10 net that truly showed the heart, but sheer exhasution of these battle worn boys.
The boys were determined not to give up. They put extreme pressure on the U 9 team in the last 8 minutes of the game getting several unanswered shots off that hit the post and sailed just over the net. Exhausted, the boys would leave it all on the field and settle for a 4-4 tie.
Terrific heart and grit was showed by the entire team. Strong supportive play shown by Jacob Beaudoin, Branyn Cooper, Alex Weir (who put on a one man sprinting show for much of the game), Matteus Hartmann and keeper Jeremy MacMillan who made some great saves to keep the team in it. The coaches and parents were very proud of the effort the boy's put forth.