2012 All Stars: Ontario earns spot in U-15 Boys final against Québec
Posted on 20 July 2012 in All Stars - Boys
Ontario earned a hard-fought 2:1 win over Team MB/SK to set-up a powerhouse meeting between themselves and Québec in the Boys U-15 final at the 2012 All Stars.
The first U-15 match of the day pitted Alberta against Team Atlantic at King George V Park in St. John’s, NL on Friday morning.
With Québec having already locked up top spot in group A of the U-15 competition, Alberta and Team Atlantic squared off in a battle for second place in the pool.
Alberta started the strongest and took a 2:0 lead courtesy of goals by Daniel Harrison and Cassian Zanewycz — and the visiting side looked to be home and dry.
Team Atlantic responded with a late goal in the 61st minute, as Jacob Bolton scored his second goal in as many games, but the Maritimers couldn’t find a second and the match finished 2:1 for Alberta.
In the second match of the day, Ontario and Team MB/SK did battle for the right to face Québec in Saturday’s division final.
It was Ontario who would eventually prevail with a 2:1 win but Team MB/SK acquitted themselves well for the second consecutive match and were unlucky not to get anything from the match.
Dayonn Harris got the Ontario U-15’s out in front early with a goal in the 4th minute, but Stefan Schuler pounced on a loose ball in the box to level things for Team MB/SK in the 28th minute.
Mateo Restrepo then provided the second goal for Ontario in the 42nd minute; his marker would prove to be the winner.
“We knew Team MB/SK were going to be a very tough opponent,” said Ontario Head Coach Henrich Svetko. “We prepared the boys for a tough game, and as the game showed we had to work very hard to score the two goals.”
Team MB/SK Head Coach Hayden Sloane-Seale was pleased with the way his team battled one of the very top youth sides in the nation.
“Ontario is a very, very good team. They have a lot of quick, technical players,” said Sloane-Seale after the defeat. “They really took it to us in the first 10 minutes of the game and got the opening goal but I was proud of the way we fought back and continued to compete.”
Ontario will now move on to take on Québec in the U-15 Boys final at 09.00 (local time) on Saturday 21 July in Mt. Pearl, NL.
CanadaSoccerTV will provide match highlights and post-match reaction from the tournament final.
The final U-15 match of the day featured Québec and BC in a cross-over friendly. The two sides battled to a 1:1 draw.