Peter heading to Quad-A provincials despite coming up
short in high-scoring city final
The St. Peter Knights Liam Koropoulos holds
off a Colonel By defender while trying to
maintain control of the ball during the Knights
2-0 win over the Cougars on Tuesday. Fred
St. Peter Knights senior boys soccer team gave the St.
Pius X-Men all they could handle on Thursday, but it was
not to be as the X-Men came back from a two goal deficit
to beat the Knights and win their fourth city championship
in the past five years.
X-Men were the heavy favourties coming into the final
having won seven straight including a 2-0 win over the
Knights in the opening game of the season.
Knights were 5-2 and were the fifth lowest scoring team
in the league having scored just 13 goals in seven games.
By comparison the X-Men scored 24 goals and allowed just
teams knew coming into the game that they had qualified
for the provincial championships, St. Pius at the AAA
level and St. Peter, having the higher enrollment, in
the X-Men were looking to win their fourth city championship
in the past five years, the Knights were hoping to win
it for the first time since 2005.
game got off to a rather ignominious start for St. Peter
as a sloppy turnover at midfield and a misplayed ball
by Knights keeper Derek Mbuliya resulted in 1-0 lead for
St. Pius before the game was even a minute old.
Knights could have let the .
the first 10 minute session of extra time got underway
there was a feeling that one of two things were going
to happen; St. Peter would eventually get rewarded for
all their hard work, or Colonel By would steal the game
on an opportunistic strike.
wouldn't take long for the latter to happen. Liam Koropoulos
provided a perfectly placed cross to Premice Luanda who
drove the ball past Abbas to give the Knights the advantage
three minutes into extra time.
had an excellent chance to put the game away less than
a minute later, but he shot the ball right at Abbas who
didn't have to move on the play.
insurance marker would eventually come midway through
the second half of extra time off the foot of Justin Tilley
who was set up by Joey Martello who did well to maintain
control of the ball down low.
one team that stands between the Knights and the city
championship are the St. Pius X-Men who have yet to lose
a game this season after beating All Saints 5-1 in Tuesday's
order to beat the X-Men, the Knights will have to try
and shutdown Marco Natoli which is no small task. The
prolific striker scored both goals in the X-Men's 2-0
regular season win over the Knights.
Peter head coach Ben Markatti says he plans to use his
bench to insure he has fresh legs on the field against
Natoli at all times.
have to mark him closely and take away his space,"
saiid Markatti, who has the luxury of a deep bench especially
at the forward position.
7:30 a.m., Oct. 24)
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