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.”
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.
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.