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Mustangs boys’ soccer team gets revenge against Springbank in RVSA semis

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:28 pm

Gabe Statnyk of the George McDougall Mustangs took a shot on goal while being chase by Springbank Phoenix defender Alec Bahcheli during a RVSA playoff game on May 27.
Gabe Statnyk of the George McDougall Mustangs took a shot on goal while being chase by Springbank Phoenix defender Alec Bahcheli during a RVSA playoff game on May 27.
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A week after losing its final game of the regular season to the Springbank Phoenix, the George McDougall Mustangs boys’ soccer team gained a measure of revenge over their Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) rivals.

Chris Sanchez-Avery’s goal early in the first half proved to be the difference at Monklands Park on May 27, as the Mustangs won the RVSA semi-final game by a score of 1-0, and clinched a berth into the league championship contest against the Cochrane Cobras on May 29.

“They beat us last week (May 20 in a 2-1 game in Springbank) so it was nice to get the win over this team here in the playoffs, even if it was a little bit nerve-wracking to watch on the sidelines,” Mustangs Coach Brian DeGiuseppe said.

“I would of liked it a little bit more if we were able to control the game more and not allow Springbank to have some chances to score,” he added.

“However, I have to give Springbank a lot of credit, as they played really well once again.”

Although the Mustangs allowed the Phoenix to have a number of opportunities to tie the game up, its defensive backline did an effective job of preventing Springbank’s strikers from getting quality shots on George McDougall goalkeeper Shannon Cameron.

Leading the way for the Mustangs’ shutdown defence was Grade 12 central defender Colin Reynolds, who missed the final game of the regular season on May 20 after having all four of his wisdom teeth removed.

“My mouth’s still a bit sore, but getting the win helps to take that pain away,” Reynolds said.

“It feels good to come back and help the guys get the win and to the finals, but now we have to continue to up our game in order to win.”

“I don’t want to single out just one player, but having Colin back was a big deal for us,” DeGiuseppe added.

“As a Grade 12 player, he’s a big leader in our back line, and everyone on our defence was a lot more solid when we had him in there.”

The next task for the Mustangs is to try and stop the Cobras from winning its fourth straight RVSA title on May 29, when they take to the field at Monklands Park for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff.

George McDougall won the previous meeting against Cochrane by a score of 3-1 on May 15, though DeGiuseppe believes this game will be different encounter.

“You can take some things from when you played the first time around, but when you get to the finals, the stakes are a lot higher,” DeGiuseppe said.

“Everyone wants to beat Cochrane, as they have been the team to beat in this league for the last few years, but we just need to make sure that we have a good mindset and not get ahead of ourselves.”

Cochrane advanced to the RVSA championship game with a 4-2 win over the Bert Church Chargers on May 27.

The Chargers will have a chance to finish the season on a winning note on May 29, as it will play the Phoenix in the RVSA bronze medal game.


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