Challenge Trophy: semifinals are now set after exciting quarters
Posted on 11 October 2015 in ↳ Challenge Trophy
Day four of the Sport Chek National Championships Challenge Trophy is quarter-finals Saturday.
London Marconi (ON) 2-0 Newfoundland and Labrador (NL)
London Marconi took care of business first thing in the morning. On goals by Anthony Perez and substitute Geert Ramjin Newfoundland and Labrador offered little resistance in the defending champion’s conquest to repeat.
Keeper Mark Haynes picked up his third straight clean sheet. The Ontario reps have yet to concede a goal. Final score Ontario 2-0 over Newfoundland & Labrador.
Edmonton Green and Gold (AB2) 4-0 Rapides Chaudière-Ouest (QC)
First half felt like a bit of a chess match, with both sides feeling each other out. The best opportunity fell to Quebec. In the 35th minute a dangerous ball into the box asked a lot of the keeper. He did well to stop it.
Early in half two, Green and Gold’s Sebastian Cabrera counter attacked with a nifty ball to Ehab Teliani who side footed it into the goal for his third marker in as many games. Teliani is now tournament leader.
From then on the pace picked up. Quebec showed urgency. Pushing forward they were exposed at the back and Igi Broda made them pay. Broda beat the offside trap, rounded the keeper and tapped it into the open cage.
From then on Alberta poured it on. Broda would get his second from the penalty spot and Sebastian Cabrera added another. Jaswinder Gill registered his third straight clean sheet. Final score Alberta 4-0 over Quebec.
Edmonton Scottish (AB) 1(3)-1(2) HUSA Alumni FC (SK)
Edmonton Scottish took the game to Saskatoon HUSA Alumni most of the afternoon. Six minutes in HUSA goal keeper Michal Bandula made a massive stop off a turnaround volley by Samuel Lam. Later on in the half, HUSA defender Jarvis Huyghebaert came up huge, clearing a Nic Reyes goal ward bound shot off the line.
Both teams traded chance throughout the match. All the real drama was saved for the end. Entering the 90th minute HUSA defender Stephen Patterson pushed forward. Crossing a ball to the top of the penalty area he found a charging Jeff Friesen. Friesen scorched a header past the flailing keeper.
Moments later Edmonton thought they had equalized but the goal was ruled offside. Less than a minute after that, they would score again. This time it stood. A lovely flick by substitute Marcus Johnstone would save the day for the host province. It happened only seconds from time.
All non-medal playoff games there is no extra time, this went straight to penalty kicks. Scottish keeper Jay Vetsch stopped the first shooter. Two more HUSA Alumni shooters would miss, both hitting the crossbar. Scottish won penalty kicks 3-2. What was heart breaking defeat for Saskatoon in turn, was utter jubilation for Edmonton.
Estrella de Chile (BC) 2-1 Fredericton Picaroons (NB)
All the goals came over a seven minute span in the second frame. Fredericton Picaroons Ben Law would open the scoring in the 57th minute. BC would respond quickly. Narcisse Tchoumi would bring the teams level in the 59th minute. Four minutes after that Parker Ellis potted the game winner. Final score BC 2-1 over New Brunswick.
PEI FC (PE) 6-0 Winnipeg Juventus (MB)
Nova Scotia (NS) 8-1 Northwest territories (NT