The Sarnia FC - U12 Premier Boys team played their first home game on the 'new Intermediate field' located at Germain Park. It was a beautiful evening for soccer with perfect conditions!
Sarnia would face London Croatia, a team that they were very familiar with having played against them all winter in the Indoor league. Sarnia would come out strong from the opening kick-off. The team would demonstrate great passing and ball possession while continuously pressuring Croatia in their own end. Sarnia's strong tenacity would finally pay-off as mid-fielder Nathan Hawkes would find the back of the London net with a monster drive. Ten minutes later, Sarnia Striker Michael Howe would take the ball just inside the center half and dribble his way around two defenders finishing with the perfect strike inside the left corner of the London goal. Sarnia FC would close out the half up by two.
Defensively, Sarnia impressed all with a strong showing in the first half of play. Some great performances evident by defenders: Dean Palimaka, Cameron Hoek, Christian D'Agostini, Dominic Krasinkiewicz and 1st time sweeper Kyle Flamminio (who was stellar in the back line). Sarnia would pass the ball at will and continued to create offensive chances. London Croatia would show strong resilience as they would begin to gather momentum in the later stages of the game. They would finally solve Sarnia keeper Andrew Harron, as they scored with about 12 minutes to go in the game. Sarnia would hold however and deny any chance of a draw closing out the game with the 2 - 1 win.
Sarnia's mid-fielders would definitely control the centre pitch showing great fortitude. Some great soccer being played by: Nathan Hawkes, Tristen Konrad, James Brown and Blake Wallace. Finally the front three of Sarnia's offense: Ryan Janssens, Mateo Troiani and Michael Howe kept the red machine in sync creating numerous scoring chances. Sarnia keeper - Andrew Harron had another solid performance in net!
Coaches and parents were very proud of the boys determination and professionalism.