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Mustangs prevail in battle of unbeaten teams

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:13 am

Nick Fisher of the Cochrane Cobras raced after George McDougall Mustangs' player Gabe Statnyk during a 3-1 win for the Mustangs in a RVSA boys' soccer game at Monklands Soccer Park in Airdrie on May 15.
Nick Fisher of the Cochrane Cobras raced after George McDougall Mustangs' player Gabe Statnyk during a 3-1 win for the Mustangs in a RVSA boys' soccer game at Monklands Soccer Park in Airdrie on May 15.
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The final RVSA (Rocky View Sports Association) boys’ soccer game before the Victoria Day long weekend was a huge one for the George McDougall Mustangs.

Not only did the Mustangs defeat the defending league champion Cochrane Cobras in an easy 3-1 triumph on May 15 at Monklands Soccer Park in Airdrie, but it also clinched a bye into the semi-finals in the process.

“It was a big win for us here, but I don’t think we have hit our peak yet as a team,” Grade 12 Mustangs defender Colin Reynolds said.

“We can still grow when it comes to our communication and our chemistry, and we all want to finish this season on a strong note by winning a championship.”

With both teams entering the game on May 15 with identical 3-0 records, it was expected that the Mustangs and Cobras would be involved in a tightly contested game.

Instead, the Mustangs struck early and often, as goals from Reynolds, Colin Purnell, and Chris Davis allowed the home team to race out to a quick 3-0 lead.

“Our game plan was to come right at them from the start, and we were able to get a couple of goals in a short amount of time,” Reynolds said.

“I think it really knocked the air out of Cochrane’s sails.”

“We didn’t play to the calibre that we would have liked to when we won (4-1) over Bow Valley in Cochrane on Tuesday (May 13), so we challenged the guys to be ready to work for a win against the Cobras,” Coach Brian DeGiuseppe added.

“It’s always a big game against these guys though, and I don’t think that we had to get the guys super hyped up for it.”

Mustangs’ goalkeeper Shannon Cameron saw his bid for a shutout dashed in the second half, when Cochrane’s Robbie Reid converted a penalty kick.

With the win, the Mustangs sat alone in first place with a 4-0 record. The team lost its regular season finale in Springbank against the Springbank Phoenix on May 20 2-1.

Chargers earn first win

The Bert Church Chargers was able to get a huge monkey off of its back in Chestermere on May 15, as a goal by Prinix Roberts helped the Chargers to its first win of the season in a 1-0 triumph over the Chestermere Lakers.

“It was nice to see the guys get rewarded for their efforts,” Chargers Coach Fraser Hunter said.

“We had played very well lately, and to get a win helps to give the guys some confidence prior to the playoffs.”

As they head into their semi-final game on May 22 against a yet-to-be determined opponent (as of press time), Chargers Grade 11 netminder Rohan Bagga believes the team’s win is the extra spark that they need.

“We all wanted to get that win before the playoffs, as we now start to feel some momentum on our side,” Bagga said.

“We’ve been moving the ball a lot better lately, and we have been playing more as a team, and I think that is starting to show.”


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