falls short in bid for 'AA' soccer crown
By Fred Sherwin
defender Jonathan David prepares to block
a shot from Franco- Cité's Ahmad Olliek
during the senior boys 'AA' soccer final on
Tuesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Louis-Riel Rebelles came up a goal short in their quest
for the NCSSAA senior boys 'AA' soccer championship on
Tuesday, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Franco-Cité
Rebelles knew they were in tough against a Franco-Cité
team that was unbeaten in eight games and had blanked
them 1-0 in the season opener on Sept. 30.
Rebelles were also missing one of their top offensive
threats in Haider Kadhom who is attending the Vancouver
Whitecaps Academy in London.
disparity in quality between quality between the two teams
was abundantly evident during the early stages of the
game when the Falcons held the majority of possession
and a distinct advantage in scoring chances.
fact, the Rebelles were only able tto manufacture two
shots on goal during the entire first half. Fortunately
for them, the second shot found the back of the net.
Nteturuye took a nifty pass from Ben Tesfaye and buried
a shot behind the Franco-Cité keeper with authority.
Falcons very nearly tied the game four minutes later,
but Orléans native Federico Leal's free kick slammed
off the crossbar.
would get another opportunity to score the equalizer less
than a minute later and they would make the most of it
with Michel Salloum sliding a shot past Rebelles' keeper
Gabriel Cinanni from a sharp angle.
Falcons' pressed to score the all important go ahead goal
in the second half, and very nearly pulled it off midway
through the frame if not for a huge save by Cinanni on
a header from Michel Salloum.
score remained deadlocked until late in the second half
when Gabriel Bitar headed home a corner kick to give Franco-Cité
only three Grade 12s in his starting lineup, Louis-Riel
head coach Joé Fournier is confident his team will
be back in the mix next year.
10 p.m., Nov. 4)
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