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George McDougall Mustangs prevail in RVSA boys’ soccer battle of Airdrie

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2014 12:28 pm

Tanner Cooper of the Bert Church Chargers, left, and Colin Reynolds of the George McDougall Mustangs battled for a loose ball during the RVSA boys' soccer season opener for both teams on May 6 in Airdrie.
Tanner Cooper of the Bert Church Chargers, left, and Colin Reynolds of the George McDougall Mustangs battled for a loose ball during the RVSA boys' soccer season opener for both teams on May 6 in Airdrie.
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It was over a year ago when the George McDougall Mustangs last played the Bert Church Chargers in Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) boys’ soccer action, with the Chargers coming away with a 2-0 win on May 2, 2013.

After 12 months of waiting, the Mustangs gained a measure of revenge on its city rivals, as it came away with a 3-0 win at East Lake Park in the opening game of the 2014 RSVA season.

“It was nice for us to not only avenge that loss from a year ago, but to get the year to start off on a positive note,” Mustangs Coach Brian DeGiuseppe said.

“The biggest thing for me is that everyone played a solid game, and we had some nice chemistry from everybody,” he added. “You don’t really expect to see that in the opening game of the season, but it was good to see everyone making positive plays.”

One of the Mustang players who made an impact for his team was Grade 9 defensive midfielder Sam Gagne, who headed home a goal early in the second half and helped to set up Chris Sanchez-Avery’s marker a few minutes later.

“It was really exciting to be out there playing in my first game, and it was a good feeling to be able to help the team like that,” Gagne said.

“It was a good game for us, and we were able to make a lot of passes to set up our scoring chances,” he added.

“Bert Church (is) a good team, so I think it was a big deal for us to able to get some goals on them.”

Although both teams traded chances in the first half, the Mustangs were able to jump out into an early lead, as Ryan Simpson put the ball into the back of the net.

Even though his team was unable to break down the Mustangs and get a goal of its own, Chargers Coach Fraser Hunter felt that the squad could learn a lot from the experience, especially at this early point of the season.

“It’s been a quick start to the year and we’ve only had a couple of practices, but I liked what I saw at certain points of the game today,” Hunter said.

“We had a few players who were just getting the experience of playing high school soccer for the first time in this game, and it was good to see what they can do out there.”

“We will put this game in the history books and focus on improving from here,” he added.

“Hopefully we will have a chance to meet them again in the playoffs.”

The Mustangs will look to condone its winning ways on May 8 at Monklands Soccer Park in Airdrie, when it will host the Chestermere Lakers at 4:45 p.m.

After that contest, the team will travel to Cochrane to take on the Bow Valley Bobcats on May 13, before returning to Monklands Soccer Park in Airdrie on May 15 to host the defending champion Cochrane Cobras.

Both games will get underway at 4:45 p.m.

“The biggest thing for us right now is our chemistry,” DeGiuseppe said. “The guys all know how to play the game, but once they start communicating better, the wins will continue to happen.”

The Chargers will travel to the Springbank Park for All Seasons on May 8 to take on the Springbank Phoenix, before playing host to the Cobras on May 13 at East Lake Park.

The team will then travel to Chestermere on May 15 for a contest with the Lakers.


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