Louis Riel comes up short in heart-stopping 'AA' final
what may go down as the most exciting 'AA' senior boys
soccer championship in NCSSAA history, John McCrae Secondary
School beat the Louis Riel Rebelles 3-2 on Thursday in
a marathon match that included a penalty goal in the final
second of overtime and 22 OT penalty kicks.
eventual hero of the game was John McCrae keeper Julian
Riggins who stopped the Rebelles final penalty kick taken
by Louis Riel keeper Wesley Aucoin and then stepped up
and scored on Aucoin to win the game.
was my first goal," said a chilled, but totally thrilled
Riggins after the game. "I was so cold I wasn't sure
I'd even be able to kick the ball. I just told myself
don't trip and hit the ball and it went in."
The Louis Riel Rebbelles went toe-to-toe with
John McCrae High School in the senior boys 'AA'
soccer championship on Thursday. Unfortunately,
they lost 3-2 on penalty kicks. Fred Sherwin/Photo
two goalies were forced to take the final penalty kicks
after their respective teams remained deadlocked at 5-5
following the first 20 shots -- 10 by each team.
was a fitting end to a see-saw game between two evenly
matched teams. John McCrae got on the board first on a
goal by Anisul Haque in the 21st minute. Taylor Lanos
then tied the game for Louis Riel in the 49th minute.
Rebelles appeared to score the go ahead goal late in the
game on a throw in that somehow bounced over Riggins head
and into the net, but it had to be touched by a Rebelles
the score tied 1-1, the game went into extra time consisting
of two 10 minute halves. During the first overtime period
Brendan Guilmette scord on a perfectly placed free kick
from 40 yards out that careened off the near post into
the back of the net to give John McCrae the advantage.
lead held up through the remainder of the first overtime
period and well into the second extra session. Then as
the final seconds were ticking away Louis Riel was awarded
a free kick from 30 yards out that touched off a mad scramble
in the box. The ball eventually landed at the feet of
Jacob Weber, forcing a John McCrae defender to pull him
down from behind which resulted in a penalty shot that
Wassim Djouib cooly booted into the net to force the marathon
penalty kick session and Riggins game-winning goal.
result was heart-breaking for the Rebelles who had a number
of chances to win the game, but couldn't get the job done.
frustration was etched on Aucoin's face after Riggin's
beat him on the final penalty kick.
think it was ridiculous that we went through the whole
team (in penalty kicks), said Aucoin, who never
in a million years expected the game would come down to
the two goaltenders.
Riel's junior team didn't fare much better, although they
had the luxury of playing indoors at the Louis Riel Dome.
Despite the obvious home field advantage, they lost 1-0
to Mother Teresa on an early goal that held up for the
rest of the game.
8:30 a.m., Nov. 4)
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