Bronze medal­ists

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY KATHY GOSSE

Trin­ity South boys ’ un­der 12 soc­cer team came away with a bronze medal in an in­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment held in Clarenville.

Trin­ity South boys’ un­der 12 soc­cer team came away with a bronze medal in an in­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment held in Clarenville Satur­day, Oct. 3.

Trin­ity South topped the stand­ings af­ter round robin play with a per­fect 3-0 win/loss record.

The host Clarenville boys’ team came away with a sil­ver medal.

Pla­cen­tia fin­ished in sec­ond while Con­cep­tion Bay South held down third spot. Clarenville squad fin­ished the round in fourth place.

While the home team came out on the wrong side of a 2-1 de­ci­sion against Pla­cen­tia in the fi­nal, the team’s big­gest win came in semi­fi­nal action against the highly favoured Trin­ity South team.

Clarenville coach Steve Chaytor says with a few ad­just­ments in their game plan the team came out strong to clinch a win in the play­off to earn a berth in the fi­nal.

“ We con­cen­trated more on de­fence against Trin­ity South. I felt if we could hold them off and not let them score it would give the boys con­fi­dence,” says Chaytor. “ That’s ex­actly what hap­pened.”

The semi­fi­nal game went into two over­time pe­ri­ods be­fore go­ing to a shootout. With the five shoot­ers for each team ready to go shot for shot, Chaytor says the ex­cite­ment on the field was in­tense.

Clarenville goal­tender Kevin Man­ning was up to the task. He stopped the first four shots he faced. Like­wise, the Trin­ity South net­min­der turned aside the first three shots that came his way. Man­ning was even­tu­ally named his team’s most spir­ited player.

How­ever, when Nigel Chaytor stepped up for his shot he made the best of his chance for the host team and booted the ball into the back of the net.

It was all up to Man­ning to keep his team alive. He did just that, stop­ping the fifth and fi­nal shot to se­cure the win for Clarenville.

“It was a big dog pile of a cel­e­bra­tion af­ter that win. They were so ex­cited,” says the Clarenville coach.

“The ef­fort our boys made to beat the very strong Trin­ity South team to make it to the gold medal game, es­pe­cially af­ter los­ing 4-0 to them in the round robin, was tremendous,” says Chaytor. “They re­ally played with a lot of heart. It was a real team ef­fort, a clas­sic un­der­dog victory.

“I said to them when we got to the shootout, I don’t care how this thing turns out I couldn’t be more proud of all of you than I am right now. Of course I was in

“Right up to the end our boys kept com­ing on, keep­ing up the pres­sure. In the dy­ing sec­onds of the game Neil Ped­dle had a chance to put the ball in the net but it came off his boot and hit the cross­bar. You couldn’t have scripted a more ex­cit­ing fi­nal,” says Chaytor.

De­spite the loss Chaytor says the boys were all smiles.

“I never saw a sec­ond place team more happy.”

Ed Vin­cent photo

GREAT SAVE - Trin­ity South goal keeper Joshua March makes a great save in a shoot-out with the Clarenville team in the boys’ un­der 12 mini-tour­na­ment in Clarenville Oct. 3.

Ed Vin­cent photo

WIND­ING UP - Kyle Rice, a striker with the Trin­ity South boys soc­cer team is be­ing closely watched by a Clarenville player, as he winds up to kick the ball. Rice was among the Trin­ity South play­ers who took part in an un­der 12 in­vi­ta­tional soc­cer tour­ney in Clarenville Oct. 3.

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