Boys U-16 Cup: Foothills fill the net in the first half to assume first place in Group A
Posted on 9 October 2015 in ↳ U-17 Cup
Coming off an opening day victory, the Calgary Foothills continued their winning ways at the Sport Chek National Club Championships with a convincing 4-0 win over the Eastern Eagles. Four first-half goals would ensure victory for the Alberta champions with striker Dominic Parris leading the way offensively, scoring 2 goals, while Matthew Chatani and Jarrett Manriquez scored a goal apiece.
Chatani opened the scoring for the Foothills on virtually the first play of the match as he struck a well placed free-kick from 25-yard out.
The early goal seemed to affect the tempo of the match as both teams played at a furious pace in the opening minutes. While the Eagles were tenacious in their tackle, it was the Foothills who controlled the majority of possession. Lead by diminutive central midfielder Joshua Walter, the Foothills managed to keep the Eagles defence off balance.
While the Eagles backline tried their best to contain Walter, he would have a significant impact, setting setting-up both of Parris’ goals. Parris’s first strike came in the 11th minute after he latched on to a beautifully weighted pass from Walter, who slid the ball between a stagnant back-line.
In the 27th minute, Parris once again found himself in the right place at the right time as Walter sailed past multiple defenders before squaring a pass the striker’s foot inside the 6-yard box. From close range, the sure-footed Parris would make no mistake
Winger Jarrett Manriquez finished the scoring off just before the first-half whistle with a powerful left footed strike to the top corner. The goal was generated by a great bit of skill from Manriquez as he turned his marker inside the box before finding the back of the net.
The speed of play would drop off considerably in the second half. While the Foothills continued to generate quality scoring chances, they simply couldn’t add to their lead.
“I think in the first half we played quite well and knocked the ball around. In the second half we were quite sloppy in the final third, but hopefully we can sort it out” said head coach Taylor Evernden
Looking ahead Evernden stated the importance of his team’s next match on Saturday as they play Surrey United SC who also opened the tournament with a 2-0 record.
“Saturday is big. I think it’s about taking care of the details. If you take care of the details then the details will take care of us. We’re going to take some time to recover and focus on our tactics and we just have to stay positive throughout the week”
Eastern Eagles will look to rebound tomorrow against another east coast club as they take on Halifax Dunbrack of Nova Scotia at 10:00am PST.
Surrey United (BC) 4-1 Nova Scotia (NS)
Woodbridge Strikers (ON) 3-2 Winnipeg Phoenix FC (MB)
Codiac First Touch (NB) 2-2 Saskatchewan-QC United (SK)