Garrett Peters hat trick sparks Saskatoon into group lead at Challenge Trophy finals
Posted on 5 October 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy
Garrett Peters turned an 0-2 deficit into a Saskatoon HUSA Alumni 3:2 victory to grab hold of first place in Group A standings. Peters scored twice shortly before the break, then a last-minute winner as Saskatoon won their second-straight match at the 2017 Toyota National Championships Challenge Trophy finals.
After Winnipeg and Durham drew on the opening day, both sides won on Thursday 5 October to hold the top-two spots in Group B standings. FC Winnipeg Lions lead the group on account of their +7 goals difference.
All 10 teams in the men's Challenge Trophy finals play four group matches in five days from Wednesday to Sunday in Surrey, British Columbia. All 10 teams will play in crossover ranking matches on Monday, including the gold-medal match featuring the two group winners.
Group A - Calgary Callies FC (AB) 2:3 (SK) Saskatoon HUSA Alumni
Cody Cook and Francisco Miron gave Calgary Callies FC a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes, but Saskatoon quickly equalised before the half on goals by Saskatoon's Garrett Peters. Saskatoon then won the match late, with Peters completing the hat trick on a last-minute winner.
Group A - Holy Cross SC (NL) 1:3 (NS) Western Halifax FC
Tyler Kirby gave Holy Cross SC a short-lived lead before Western Halifax FC scored three unanswered goals to win their first match in Surrey. Wes Hawley (2) and Shane Rajaraman were the Halifax goalscorers.
Group B - Durham Celtic (ON) 3:2 (QC) Celtix Haut-Richelieu
Joe Vaz completed his hat trick with a pair of late goals as Durham Celtic won 3:2 on the second day of the competition. Vaz opened the scoring before Nicholas Beaumont and Eric Denoncourt countered for Haut-Richelieu. Vaz then scored in the 85th and 93rd minutes as Durham remains undefeated through two matches.
Group B - FC Winnipeg Lions (MB) 7:0 (YT) Whitehorse Yukon Selects
Winnipeg won 7:0 on goals by six different players, with Brendan Rattai scoring a brace for the winners. Anthony Lourenco, Edin Kurbegovic, A.J. Naumiuk, Go Kumagai, and Moreno Alberti also scored in the victory.
2017 Toyota National Championships
Canada Soccer's Toyota National Championships run 4-9 October 2017 in Surrey, British Columbia, Fredericton, New Brunswick, and Calgary, Alberta. At all age levels, the National Championships provide a meaningful soccer experience for host cities and participating teams, as well as the player, coaches, support staff, officials, and volunteers.