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Senior Boys Soccer
St. Peter heading to Quad-A provincials despite coming up short in high-scoring city final
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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 Sherwin/Photo

The 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.

The 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.

The 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 four.

Both 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 Quad-A.

While 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.

The 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.

The Knights could have let the .

As 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.

It 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.

Koropoulos 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.

The 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.

The 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 other semi-final.

In 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.

St. 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.

"We 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.

(Posted 7:30 a.m., Oct. 24)

 

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