Men’s soccer team posts pair of 2-1 home-field victories last week
St. Marys Juggernauts extended their WOSL winning streak to three games with two more Second Division victories this past week.
First up was a Second Cup game last Tuesday against the Chatham Storm, who had knocked the Juggernauts out of Cup play the last two years. Wayne Murray’s squad were up for the task, and were not going to let that happen this time.
Less than five minutes into the match, St. Marys’ latest goal scoring sensation, Harrison (Harry) Ritchie, with his third goal in two games, volleyed a cross from striker Kyle Fennema into the top corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Playing with the lead seemed to inspire the Juggernauts, who proceeded to attack their opponents and were once again rewarded for their pressure. Midfielder Derek Van De Walle made a long run from the other side of centre, weaving and bobbing his way through the Chatham defence and letting go a rocket into the Storm net for a 2-0 lead.
The second half featured more of this intense pressure by the home side. Seemingly having everything under control, the coaching staff made a bunch of changes, trying to get everyone into the game. It almost backfired when Chatham scored with about 10 minutes left, but the Juggernauts dug deep and held on for a well-deserved 2-1 victory.
St. Marys now moves on to the quarter-final round of Cup play against London English at Taxandria this Saturday, July 13 at 1:30 p.m.
First goal a game winner
Juggernauts returned to regular league play last Friday night, hosting the last-place London White Eagles.
St. Marys fell behind 1-0 less than two minutes into the game. After goalkeeper Aaron Wybrow made the initial save, an Eagles’ striker lobbed the rebound high into the unguarded net.
“The boys realized that it was a fluke goal and that they had lots of time left, and proceeded to settle down and play their game,” coach Murray said.
Midway through the first half, Juggernauts’ leading goal scorer Kyle Fennema (his eighth), connected after taking a long lead pass from Derek Van De Walle to even the score at 1-1. St. Marys once again continued to attack.
Right before the half-time break, striker Yekini Mills (son of former Juggernauts’ striker Kene Mills) scored his first-ever goal to put the Juggernauts up 2-1. After running down a long kick and out-working a London defender, Mills deposited the ball into the corner of the Eagles’ net.
In the second half, the St. Marys defence of Ryan Fennema, captain Jake Dickey, Andy O’Connell, Derek Van De Walle and Dante Pieroni, put on a defensive clinic and along with keeper Aaron Wybrow, shut down the White Eagle offence, to preserve the 2-1 victory.
Sit in tie for fourth place
Juggernauts’ record now sits at 5-3, good for a tie for fourth place with Taxandria in league play. The team is only two points out of second place. “The only thing missing is more fans,” coach Murray says. “Come out and support the team and see how good the soccer is.”
Next home game for the Juggernauts is Tuesday, July 30 against the English at the DCVI pitch at 8 p.m.