Winnipeg take control of Group B at Challenge Trophy
Posted on 8 October 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy
The 2017 Toyota National Championships Challenge Trophy picture became clearer after the fourth day of competition. FC Winnipeg Lions knocked off Celtix Haut-Richelieu. The win pushed the Lions into first place in Group B and in control of their own destiny. A win in their last match against Fredericton will have them playing for gold on Monday.
Western Halifax FC won their third straight game and remain the only team unbeaten. With the win, Halifax is guaranteed a medal game and will finish no lower than fourth place. A result against Saskatoon on Sunday will put them in the gold medal final. A loss to Saskatoon will see them play for bronze.
A pair of other Atlantic teams each picked up their first wins as Fredericton defeated Whitehorse while Holy Cross beat Calgary.
Group A – Vancouver Club Inter FC (BC) 1:2 (NS) Western Halifax FC
Jhonattan Cordoba and Calum MacRae scored the goals for Halifax while Milad Mehrabi responded for Vancouver. It was a tough loss for the home province as it puts them out of gold medal contention.
Group A – Calgary Callies (AB) 0:1 (NL) Holy Cross SC
Goalkeeper Thomas Pieroway made a massive stop off the head of Calgary’s Ian Greedy midway through the second half. Minutes later, Holy Cross was awarded a penalty kick from which striker Kirby Tyler stepped up and put it home with authority.
Group B – Fredericton Picaroons Reds (NB) 5:2 (YK) Whitehorse Yukon Selects
Fredericton’s John-Ryan Morrison scored twice while Jared Murphy, Jacob Law and Eric Karosan each added singles. Whitehorse got their first two goals of the Challenge Trophy by way of Eaton Ricketts and Michael Ayiku.
Group B – Celtix Haut-Richelieu (QC) 1:3 (MB) FC Winnipeg Lions
A.J. Naumiuk scored a hat trick as Winnipeg won 3:1 over Celtix Haut-Richelieu. Aaron Hidalgo-Mazzei assisted on Naumiuk’s first two goals before Naumiuk scored his third from the penalty spot.
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.