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Western Halifax remain perfect and chase Group A leaders

Posted on 6 October 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

There are no clear-cut favourites for any of the medals after day three completion at the 2017 Toyota National Championships. Western Halifax FC closed the gap in Group A with a 2:0 win over Calgary Callies FC. Saskatoon HUSA Alumni continue to lead the group as they held Vancouver Club Inter FC to a 1:1 draw. Vancouver are in third place in the group behind Saskatoon and Halifax. Both Vancouver and Halifax will face each other on Saturday while Saskatoon has its rest day.

There is still much to be decided in Group B, too. Fredericton Picaroons Reds put a kink in Durham Celtic FC’s plans, holding them to a 3:3 draw. Celtix Haut-Richelieu sit atop the standings after a 2:0 win over Whitehorse Yukon Strikers.

Group A – Calgary Callies (AB) 0:2 (NS) Western Halifax FC

Western Halifax won their second game, this time 2:0 over Calgary. Jack Schembri scored in the first half before Jhonattan Cordoba added the second goal late.

Group A – Saskatoon HUSA Alumni FC (SK) 1:1 (BC) Vancouver Club Inter FC

Saskatoon and Vancouver each remain undefeated with the draw. Garrett Peters scored his fourth of the tournament early in the match. Alexander Marrello made up for an earlier missed penalty kick, scoring the equalizer in the 81st minute. Stephen Patterson’s defensive efforts earned him man of the match honors for Saskatoon.

Group B – Celtix Haut-Richelieu (QC) 2:0 (YK) Whitehorse Yukon Selects

Haut-Richelieu remain undefeated after a 2:0 win over Whitehorse Yukon Selects. Nicholas Beaumont scored a second-half brace, while Whitehorse goalkeeper Frejean Pourier earned his team’s man of the match honors.

Group B – Durham Celtic FC (ON) 3:3 (NB) Fredericton Picaroons Reds

Durham and Fredericton split six goals in a 3:3 draw. Joe Vaz scored his second successive hat trick, while Alex Haiart, Benjamin Law and Jimmie Mayaleh scored for Fredericton. Goalkeepers Fabrice Kabongo and Brandon Eagle both made several sensational saves.

2017 Toyota National Championships
Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships run 4-9 October 2017 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Calgary, Alberta, and Surrey, British Columbia. At all age levels, the Toyota National Championships provide a meaningful soccer experience for host cities and participating teams, as well as the players, coaches, support staff, officials, and volunteers.

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