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Senior Boys Soccer
Louis Riel Rebelles win 'AA' soccer crown in dramatic fashion

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Colonel By midfielder Matthew Monteith wrestles the ball away from a St. Pius defender during the NCSSAA Tier 1 senior boys soccer championship on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


Minutes after the Louis Riel Rebelles senior boys soccer team had won the city 'AA' championship in extra time on Wednesday, their head coach Imad Ghandoura was at a loss as to where they would be playing next.

"To be honest I have no idea," said Ghandoura when asked where the provincial 'AA' championships were being held. "We didn't even think we would make it this far. We've been a work in progress for the past three years."

For the record, the provincial 'AA' championships are being held in Windsor, but they aren't being held until next June which will give the Rebelles plenty of time to prepare. For now they plan to bask in the glory of doing the unexpected.

The Rebelles started the season 2-0 and then downed Gisele Lalonde in between ties against Ridgemont and Ashbury before winning their final two games to finish 5-0-2. After squeaking past Woodroffe in the semi-finals they earned a date with the upstart St. Francis Xavier Coyotes in Wednesday's title game.

While the Rebelles have been building their team for the past three years, the Coyotes have only been in existence for two years, owing to the fact that the Riverside South school opened its doors for the first time last fall.

The game itself was a back and forth affair until midway through the second half when the Coyotes came within a whisker of settling the contest in regulation. During a two on one break, St. Francis had a shot at a wide open net and ended up sending the ball past the far post.

Louis Riel had their chances to win the game in regulation as well, but misfired both times.

The game was destined for penalty kicks, when St. Francis turned the ball over at midfield allowing Alex Martel to send the loose ball through to JoŽl MacDonald who split the defence and fired the game winning goal past the Coyotes keeper who was coming out to challenge him.

The Rebelles junior boys team will be trying to duplicate the senior team's accomplishment when they open the playoffs against Earl of March on Friday.

In Wednesday's other championship game involving an east end team, the Colonel By Cougars lost 1-0 to the St. Pius X-Men in the NCSSAA Tier 1 title game.

The game was a terrifically well-played affair which unfortunately was decided on a misplayed ball by the Cougars' central defender in the 19th minute of the second half.

T.J. Turner, who had several chances in the second half, was the beneficiary on the play and easily stroked the ball past Cougars keeper Kevin Capon to give the X-Men the lead.

Just minutes earlier, Capon made a spectacular diving play to punch the ball away from the goal line after stopping the initial shot from Turner.

The Cougars came close to tying the game with 14 minutes left in regulation when Adrian Hiotis just missed the far post on a shot from about 30 metres out. Probably the busiest man in the Colonel By line-up was Marc Bitar who split his time between centre back and midfield and turned away the X-Men on more than one occasion, often with his head.

Despite losing their final game, the Cougars will get a chance to play in the provincial Quad-A championships next June after the X-Men opted to play in the 'AAA' championships.

(Posted 10:30 p.m., Nov. 3)

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