The Sarnia FC - U11 Premier team recently competed in the annual Middlesex United Soccer tournament. The team was very anxious to participate in the weekend event and the boys had some high expectations.
The day would start early as Sarnia would face Windsor Ciociaro in their opening match! Sarnia would come out determined and set a strong pace for the match. The boys would be rewarded early as Sarnia striker Ryan Janssens would open the scoring. Minutes later, striker Mateo Troiani would put Sarnia up by two with a well placed shot which eluded the Ciociaro keeper. Some great team play was evident on the pitch as Sarnia moved the ball around with ease. The game closed out with a Sarnia win. Goal scorers were : Mateo Troiani (2) Ryan Janssens (2). Final Score Sarnia FC - U11 Premier 4 - Windsor Ciociaro Stingers 1 .
Sarnia would face another Windsor team later in the day as they matched up with the Windsor Fury. A win would guarantee the boys a great shot at capturing first in their division in the preliminary round. The early win gave the boys some great confidence as they would fire out of the gate right from the opening KO. The Sarnia FC boys maintained great pressure and possession, dominating play throughout the game. Midfielders - Dominic Krasinkiewicz, Kyle Flamminio, Nathan Hawkes, Tristen Konrad, James Brown and Carter Barron played extremely well forcing play in the Windsor half most of the game. Sarnia striker Michael led all goal scorers with 4 goals. All Sarnia strikers played magnificent with showing great patience in the box. The Sarnia back six defenders held strong allowing a quiet afternoon for keeper Andrew Harron who posted the shutout.
Final Score: Sarnia FC U11 Premier 9 - Windsor Fury 0.
After starting the tournament with two wins Sarnia would place first in the division and advance straight to the semi-finals. They would face wildcard winner Windsor Ciociaro once again in the semi's. A win would advance Sarnia to the Championship game. As in their first meeting Sarnia would dominate and take the game to Windsor. Their strong play and fortitude paid off as Sarnia cruised to another 9 - 0 drubbing.
Final Score - Sarnia FC U11 Premier 9 - Windsor Ciociaro 0.
The Sarnia Boys would advance to the finals against London's AEK. AEK plays in the LDYSL loop in the U11 "A" division along with Sarnia. Sarnia FC was pumped and the team was very anxious to compete for the championship. As in their last three games the FC boys would come out strong pinning AEX deep in their end. All tournament games were played on full sized fields allowing for lots of space for the boys to maneuver. Sarnia would open the scoring when striker Mateo Troiani would make the perfect pass to fellow teammate Ryan Janssens who would not disappoint burying the ball in the back of the London net. Shortly after Sarnia would go up by two as midfielder Carter Barron would find himself alone infront of the goal and fire a low hard drive into the right corner of the AEK goal. Mid-fielder James Brown would put Sarnia ahead by three as he fired a bullet which eluded the AEK keeper.
AEK would get one back before the closing of the first half to make it a two goal advantage for Sarnia at the start of the second. In any sport the hardest lead to hold is a two goal lead and this game was no exception. AEK would fight hard and show their resilience to claw their way back into the match. They would tie the game late and although Sarnia had numerous chances to finish the game would be forced into extra time. Two five minute halves would be tacked on and if no winner was decided the game would go into PK's. This would not be the case however as Sarnia was determined to finish the game. In the extra time, with strong determination and perseverance mid-fielder Dominic Krasinkiewicz would not be denied as he dribbled around the outside defender and blasted a shot into the right corner of the AEK goal sending jubiliation to the Sarnia bench. Minutes later, striker Michael Howe made a terrific run up the middle of the field and sent the perfect pass to outside mid-fielder Carter Barron who placed the perfect lob ball over the outstretched hands of the AEK keeper. That goal sealed the deal and handed the Sarnia FC U11 boys the Championship!!
Great overall performance by all Sarnia players. Strong defensive performance throughout the tournament by: Dean Palimaka, Alex Newall, Christian D'Agostini, Quinn Beauregard, Jack Hutchinson and Cameron Hoek! Lots of offensive punch from Strikers: Mateo Troiani, Ryan Janssens, Michael Howe and Isaiah Edlington and finally great support and playmaking from Midfielders: Kyle Flaminnio, Tristen Konrad, Nathan Hawkes, Dominic Krasinkiewicz, James "Jimmy" Brown and Carter Barron.
Coaches were very pleased with the effort and execution of the Sarnia boys! Congratulations on a great tournament!!