Central girls finish fourth in province
The Central Cyclones had to go the extra distance.
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The Central Cyclones boys soccer team won the 2A provincial gold medal over the weekend in Muenster. They defeated the host team 1-0 in a shootout on Saturday to claim the title. Submitted photo
The local boys soccer team travelled to Muenster for the 2A provincial tournament this weekend and had to work a little harder for their gold medal.
“It was a fabulous weekend,” stated Jason Brown, coach for the Cyclones. “They really deserved it and they were ecstatic, and deservedly so. The whole team, from the starters right to the bench, everyone was happy. It was a team effort and it meant a lot to them.”
The Cyclones played three games in two days, but two of them went to shootouts.
On Friday morning, the Cyclones shutout Regina Sheldon 2-0 with Ojullo Omot and Augustine Kamara scoring second half goals.
“That was a tough game. Sheldon was the No. 1 seed out of Regina and they had some very talented players. They moved the ball around very well on us and caused us some problems,” stated Brown. “Our guys played great that game … they stuck to the game plan and we played well in front of James Taylor Booth, who made some key saves for us.”
The Cyclones had to continue to push themselves against the other top teams in the province with another hard matchup with Humboldt on Friday afternoon in the semifinal. They pulled through with a 2-1 win.
“They were a very good team. They had the majority of the scoring chances in the first half, but Ibrahim (Ali) scored for us in the first half to put us up 1-0,” said Brown. “There was a really bad wind and we didn’t have the wind advantage in the first half, yet we scored the first one. They scored a goal late in the second half to force us to overtime.”
The teams battled through two five-minute extra frames, but neither team could finish off the win. Taylor-Booth made some key saves in net for the Cyclones after his team’s “bad habits started to come to the surface.” His work pushed the teams to a shootout.
“The shootout was nerve-raking. Their first shooter scored and then we scored. James made some huge saves and got inside their heads a little bit. It was 2-2 going into the fifth shooter. Their fifth shooter hit the post and he had a phenomenal shot. James was our fifth shooter and he just walked up and calmly put it in the net,” said Brown. “He (Taylor-Booth) played huge for us. The whole team played great in front of him, but he had a really strong tournament.”
With the shootout win, the Cyclones were into the final game against the host team. It was definitely a suitable final, as defence was the key. Neither team scored in regulation or extra time and once again, it came down to a shootout for Central. The Cyclones won 1-0 to claim the top provincial title.
“It is good to win, but you do feel bad for the other team and the players that missed, but it was a hard fought game,” said Brown. “It was our toughest game and it was very good victory.”
Vanier also competed at the 2A provincial, but lost 5-1 to Muenster and 6-4 to Se Se Wa Hum.
In 2A girls provincial action, the Central Cyclones lost their opening game 2-1 to Saskatoon Mahoney and then lost 4-1 to Notre Dame to finish fourth in the province.
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