Indoor soccer allows under-18 squad to develop together during winter months

Chris Quigley
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Tyler Lavers, left, of the Monarchs Gold team and Ty Gallant of Curling jostle with each other for possession of the ball during indoor soccer play at the Pepsi Studio Wednesday.
— Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

CORNER BROOK  The Pepsi Studio isn’t a flawless facility to house indoor soccer, but it’s keeping Ryan Dawe off the highway.

The 17-year-old is one of the more talented young soccer players in the area and was the lone west coast representative on this past summer’s provincial Canada Games team.

In an effort to keep pace with his east coast counterparts, Dawe would travel to St. John’s once or twice a month in the winter to make use of the indoor facility out there.

This winter, he’s been able to stay put.

Though he points out a few discrepancies between the artificial turf used in the Pepsi Studio, compared to the indoor FieldTurf soccer facility in St. John’s — which he says has high quality artificial turf like the Wellington Street Sports Complex.

“Here’s a bit different,” he said. “If you have rubber on your cleats, it’s going to get stuck easier ... stuff like that.

“But it’s pretty good.”

Dawe and his Under-18s fell in Corner Brook Molson Indoor Soccer League play Wednesday night, by a 3-2 score to the Sorrento Tactics FC.

Steve Huxter, John Patton and Doug Warren scored in the win for the Tactics.

Dawe and Jordan Butt did the damage in the losing effort.

The Under-18 team is mostly made up of the same group that take to the field during the summer months, so if nothing else,  at least they’re able to stay together as a team in the off-season.

“It keeps us fit during the winter, we’ll be more prepared when the summer comes,” said Dawe. “It’s good to get a touch on the ball and compete.”

Of course, playing in a small enclosure inside is still different than the outside version of the sport.

“You’ve got to make better touches indoors,” he said. “There’s not as much sprinting as it is in the outdoor league.”

In other league action on Wednesday night, the West Side Monarchs Gold got offence from five different sources as they dismantled the Steers Insurance Curling Rangers 5-2.

Wayne Walters, Chris Casey, Wayne Allen, Tom Luther and Nick Delaney bulged the twine for the victors.

Colin Lynch and Brandon McGrath replied for the Rangers.

The Monarchs Black are the current league-leaders at 5-1-0, followed by the Rangers at 3-1-1. The Monarchs Gold are 3-0-0 so far on the year, ahead of Stephenville’s mark of 2-2. The Tactics improved to 2-3-0, with the Masters behind them at 0-4-1. The Under-18s fell to 0-4-0.

Organizations: Wellington Street Sports, Corner Brook Molson Indoor Soccer League, Rangers

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