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SVRSS Tigers Boys’ Soccer team wins Zones

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The SVRSS Tigers’ Boys Soccer team played Zones last Wednesday. The team was seeded in first place and handed a bye to the final.
“Zones is a tournament which is used to determine who represents your geographical area at Provincials,” said SVRSS Tigers Boys Soccer Coach Paul Terry. “All teams from each zone enter their results from the season and they are then seeded for the zones tournament. We were seeded as number one and handed a bye to the final.
“Dauphin were the opponents we faced in our match for they defeated Grandview in their semifinal match. The energy levels were good, despite missing a few of our players for the game. There was quiet confidence within the squad with our results so far.”
Since the Tigers’ last match against Dauphin, the Dauphin team had added some new players, which changed the outcome since they last played against each other.
This time, the Tigers had to really work to get their first goal.
“The game was a lot closer than our previous encounters this year,” said Terry. “Dauphin, like Minnedosa, had bolstered their team with some new players. The first half wasn’t as open as the last game and it took 18 minutes before we opened the scoring. Austin Terry broke the deadlock after having already being denied once by the Dauphin keeper, and once by the post. Our defence had survived an early scare when Kash Henkelman cleared Dauphin’s best effort off the goal line.
“The opposition were very direct in their approach relying on long, high balls played to their forwards, who were having very little success against a resolute Tigers backline. I felt comfortable in the boys being able to deal with their approach. We found ourselves being drawn into their style of play to a degree, which wasn’t working well for us. We adjusted our approach, with a more patient outlook. Believing in our own ability to play through the midfield with shorter balls in beyond the Dauphin defence. This approach was what was needed and our patience eventually paid off.”
Going into the second half of the match, the Tigers knew the importance of getting that second goal into the net. By switching up their playing strategy, they were able to make more ground on the field and give themselves the points they needed to secure a win.
“We knew the second goal of the game would be crucial, and were confidant Dauphin would not be scoring it,” said Terry. “Our halftime adjustments paid dividends early in the second half. Captain Aidan Maksymchuk carried the ball forward before playing a measured pass into Wyatt Rose, who made no mistake scoring our second of the day. This was the turning point and we pushed on to close out the match despite some resolute defending in numbers from Dauphin. Evan Carvelli now became the provider for Wyatt Rose’s second goal of the game. Both strikers combined for the final goal with Austin Terry’s through ball calmly slotted home by Wyatt Rose to complete his hat trick and complete the scoring.
“The final score in an entertaining game was 4-0. I was very happy with the performance and effort from the boys. We weathered a difficult first half, adjusted and overcame a much-improved side with a professional and patient approach during the second half. I’m very proud of this team and honoured to have been lucky enough to coach what is a fantastic group of guys.”
Although the Tigers won Zones, the Manitoba High School Athletics Association (MHSAA) decided to cancel Provincials this year, so this wraps up an early soccer season for the team. Recruiters for Assiniboine Community College (ACC) watched the match and talked to the players about post-secondary playing options for the future.
“The season ends for us now, as MHSAA decided to cancel provincials,” said Terry. “We will never know how we would have faired, but I know we would’ve made it there. For the most part, the team remains together for next year. There will be new faces to replace the outgoing graduating players who will leave large boots to fill. Graduating players Evan Carvelli, Kylan Nunn, Willow Chartrand and team Captain Aidan Maksymchuk all played their last game and went out on a high.
“Both ACC Men’s and Women’s coaches made the trip to see the games and were impressed with what they saw. After the game, ACC head coach Chris McLaughlin took some time to congratulate the boys, speak a little on ACC and the programs they offer and met with a few of the older players. He took away some contact details and will be speaking further to a few of the boys before next season’s tryouts begin.”

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