Challenge Trophy kicks off in Surrey
Posted on 5 October 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy
The Challenge Trophy finals are underway at the 2017 Toyota National Championships as Saskatoon, Vancouver and Haut-Richelieu all came out as winners on the opening day. Durham and Winnipeg, meanwhile, played to a scoreless draw.
The 10 men's teams will play four group matches in five days before the crossover matches on Teck Finals Day. Whitehorse Yukon Selects and Western Halifax will get their tournament start on Thursday 5 October.
Group A – Saskatoon HUSA Alumni (SK) 1:0 (NL) Holy Cross SC
Saskatoon HUSA Alumni opened their finals with a 1:0 win over Holy Cross SC. Steven DeLong made no mistake on his opportunity in the second half after a pass from Nathan Reis in the 63rd minute.
Group A – Calgary Callies (AB) 1:2 (BC) Vancouver Club Inter FC
Vancouver Club Inter FC won 2:1 to open their Challenge Trophy finals, with Michael Nonni and Milad Mehrabi the goalscorers in either half. Calgary's Daylan Mayer scored his side's lone goal in added time.
Group B – Durham Celtic FC (ON) 0:0 (MB) FC Winnipeg Lions
Durham Celtic FC and FC Winnipeg Lions played to a 0:0 draw on the opening day. Goalkeepes Fabrice Kabongo and Sean Golden posted the clean sheets for their teams.
Group B – Celtix Haut Richelieu (QC) 2:1 (NB) Fredericton Picaroons Reds
Claude Arthur Diesse of Brossard scored a first-half brace as Celtix du Haut-Richelieu won their first-ever match in the Challenge Trophy finals. Celtix held out for the 2:1 win over Fredericton Picaroons Reds, with Olivier Babineau scoring in the second half.
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.