U-16 Boys: Surrey United books place in final, defeat Alberta
Surrey United SC (BC) played a complete game Friday at the U-16 Cup at the 2012 Canadian Soccer Association National Club Championships in Cornwall, PE, defeating Calgary SWU 96 FC (AB) 3:0 to move to 3-0 for the tournament, clinching a place in Monday's gold-medal game.
Surrey United SC got the ball rolling early, as Dilpreet Brar scored for the second straight game, putting his team up 1:0 in the 12th minute, which would stand up through halftime.
Vaggeli Boucas scored his first of the tournament in the 58th minute, while Kyle Sohi added an insurance marker in the 85th minute to put the game out of reach.
Sohi has scored in all three games for Surrey United SC so far in the tournament.
With help from his defenders, Surrey United SC keeper Lucas Johnson registered his second consecutive clean sheet, as nobody has scored on him throughout the tournament.
By virtue of holding head-to-head tiebreakers over both St. John's SC (NL) and the Braves d'Ahuntsic (QC), British Columbia has clinched Group B, along with a place in the championship match on Monday in Stratford with one round-robin game still left to play.
Surrey United SC doesn't play Saturday, but their final round-robin game will take place Sunday at UPEI in Charlottetown, when they take on Saskatchewan champions Unidad SC at 9.00 local time.
Meanwhile, Alberta drops to 0-2 for the tournament, and they will look to break into the win column against Saskatchewan Saturday at UPEI at 12.30 local time.
Erin Mills thumps Fundy United, sets up Group A showdown with Halifax City SC
The Erin Mills Eagles (ON) put on an offensive clinic in Cornwall, scoring six in the first half en route to a 9:0 victory over New Brunswick's Fundy United.
The Eagles struck early and often, as Quinton Goulbourne set the tone with his goal in the fourth minute.Erin Mills then went on a tear, scoring four goals in 11 minutes courtesy of Jesse Bydevaate (14', 23'), Stefan Nikolic (15') and AJ Powell (25’).
Lee Victor Massunda continued his scoring streak, scoring his fourth of the tournament in the 41st minute to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead at halftime.
Marquis Pitt kept the momentum going to start the second half, making it 7-0 in the 47th minute.
Alex Lamont (71') and Patrick Lowisz (78') rounded out the scoring for Ontario, while Fiore Costa and the Eagles defenders held on for their second clean sheet in three games.
Ontario's victory sets up a showdown with Nova Scotia's Halifax City SC Saturday at 15.00 local time at UPEI, with the winner likely taking Group A and advancing to the championship match against British Columbia's Surrey United SC in Stratford on Monday.
Fundy United will continue its search for their first win Saturday at UPEI, when they take on host RC United (PE) at 17.30 local time.
RC United defeats FC Northwest Dominate, gives hometown fans reason to cheer
Alex Ewing's goal midway through the first half stood up as the game-winner as tournament host RC United picked up their first win at the Under-16 Cup, defeating Manitoba's FC Northwest Dominate 1:0 in Cornwall.
The game was tightly contested on both sides, but Ewing broke through in the 26th minute, solving Manitoba keeper Austin Benevides to give RC United its first lead of the tournament, as well as its first goal.
The teams weren't afraid to get physical, as there were a total of five cautions in the match including Manitoba cornerback Cory Rey being sent off in the 80th minute after receiving his second yellow card of the match.
Manitoba was unable to solve RC United keeper Nathan Ford, who got some help from his defenders in preserving a clean sheet.
RC United's victory puts them at 1-1 for the tournament, while FC Northwest Dominate drops to 0-3.
With the home crowd behind them, RC United will look to continue its momentum Saturday at UPEI, as they face New Brunswick champions Fundy United at 17.30 local time.
Meanwhile, Manitoba will get to rest Saturday before taking the pitch against New Brunswick at UPEI on Sunday at 14.00 local time.
Braves get back on track, defeat Unidad SC
After dropping their game yesterday, Quebec's Braves d'Ahuntsic got back to their winning ways in Cornwall, defeating Saskatchewan's Unidad SC 2:0.
Both of Quebec's goals came in the first half. Rida Aboulhamid broke through in the 29th minute for Quebec, while Marco-Leonel Dominguez scored just before the end of the half to put the Braves up by two at halftime.
Like British Columbia's Kyle Sohi, Dominguez has scored in every game for Quebec so far, while Aboulhamid has scored in each of his last two games.
Marc Antoine Chaudry earned his first clean sheet of the tournament for Quebec, as he and his defenders combined to keep Saskatchewan’s attackers at bay.
Quebec's victory moves them to 2-1, while Saskatchewan drops to 0-2.
With Surrey United SC (BC) going 3-0 and having beaten Quebec already, the Braves look to be on track for the game for third position on Monday. However, they will look to solidify their place Saturday, when they take on St. John's SC (NL) at UPEI at 10.00 local time.
Meanwhile, Saskatchewan is still looking for its first win at the tournament. They will face Alberta champions Calgary SWU at 12.30 local time at UPEI.