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Saskatoon's HUSA Alumni wins 2011 Challenge Trophy

Posted on 10 October 2011 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Coach Stewart Gillott said he was still on cloud nine following his team's victory in the 2011 National Championships Challenge Trophy final. After a full week of soccer in Brossard, QC, his team Huskie United Soccer Academy Alumni came out on top in the senior men's competition, a first for any club from the Prairies province of Saskatchewan. HUSA Alumni won the 10 October final 2:0 over ICST Pegasus of British Columbia.

"I am a little bit numb," said head coach Gillott. "It is all just a little bit surreal, but the boys were fantastic and they got their just dessert."

Two of the HUSA Alumni players had been to 11 and 10 National Championships without ever winning a medal. Ryan McAllister (11th year at the Nationals) and Jeff Dobchuk (10th year at the Nationals) both rejoiced Monday with gold medals around their necks.

"This was the absolute pinnacle," said Gillott. "It has been the goal of everyone since I arrived three years ago to win a medal; those players went out there and won the medal to get."

Nathan Reis and Michal Collins scored for the winners in the championship final. Reis had the Saskatoon club up 1:0 in the first quarter of an hour. Collins then scored the second goal on a penalty kick in the 75th minute to give the Saskatoon team a comfortable lead heading into the last 15 minutes.

"We won the war of attrition," said Gillott. "After about 70 minutes, their guys (ICST Pegasus) were just running out of gas."

In the competition's 99th year, Saskatchewan was the only province never to have won the Challenge Trophy as national champions. Just last year, Prince Edward Island became the ninth province when Churchill Arms (now Soccerstop Edge) won the Challenge Trophy at the 2010 National Championships. Saskatchewan joined the club this year with HUSA Alumni's Monday morning victory.


MORE FROM THE CHALLENGE TROPHY COMPETITION
Toronto Celtic was awarded the bronze medal after winning on kicks from the penalty mark in the match for third place. The Toronto club became the first Ontario men's team to win a national medal in five years. Toronto Celtic and Holy Cross (Newfoundland Labrador) had played to a 2:2 draw before Celtic clinched the medal on kicks.

Suburban FC of Nova Scotia finished in fifth place following a 1:0 win over Griffons du CS Mont-Royal Outremont.

Soccerstop Edge finished in eight place after losing 4-3 on kicks from the penalty mark against Edmonton Green & Gold. Soccerstop Edge of Charlottetown, PE, the 2010 national champions, had drawn 1:1 with Edmonton in the match for fifth place.

Winnipeg Juventus finished in ninth place following a 3:0 win over Fredericton Picaroon Reds. Yellowknife FC finished in 11th place following a 3:2 win over Yukon Selects SC.


MORE ON THE 2011 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2011 Canadian Soccer Association National Championships is the umbrella tournament for Canada's premier amateur competitions, from the senior level Challenge Trophy and Jubilee Trophy competitions down to the U-14 levels. The National Championships feature four Nutrilite All Stars competitions from in July and the eight club championships in October. Through its 12 competitions in six venues, the National Championships feature more than 3,000 players, staff and officials in July and October.

For all the results of the 2011 Canadian Soccer Association National Championships, visit canadasoccer.com/nationals

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