The Riverview/Cornerstone Royals have been going non-stop since the beginning of September with limited players, mostly just enough to fill a team each game. However, the usual 7v7 team has kept their heads up and spirits high against Vanier and Central in the inaugural year for high school boys soccer.
The Royals finished the regular season league play with a 10-2 loss to Vanier on Monday afternoon at Gutheridge Field.
“We had a very slow start, which was unfortunate,” said Jeff Kitts, head coach for the Royals. “We have everyone playing volleyball and soccer, so when we first got out here, we forgot how quick it moves out here and there are no quick time outs for momentum and we have some tired bodies.”
Tyson Pinfold and Riley Brown scored in the first half for the Royals. Scoring for the Vikings were Spencer Krawczyk with two goals, Graham Bonwald with two goals, Ryan Trahan, Daniel DeGirolamo, Albert Brown with two goals and Steve Renwick.
Vanier has been a team in progress this season with each game building from the last. The offence has been there since game one, but the defensive side of the game has been an area the team has focused on and are hoping both sides of the ball come together before the playoffs.
“We are developing our team defensive strategy and some of these guys that don’t play as much are really coming along and starting to figure out how to talk more,” said Jaysen Tomashewski, head coach of the Vikings. “The communication is a lot better and they are understanding their positions a lot better. We are seeing a lot of growth that way, which is fantastic to see.”
The Vikings will cap off the regular season against rival Central next Wednesday and will be looking for everything they have been working on through the season to come together at once.
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