Monarchs claim top spot in men’s soccer kick-off tourney

Dave Kearsey
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The Monarchs eked out a 1-0 victory over the Corner Brook Under-18s in the A final at the 2014 Corner Brook Senior Men’s Soccer Extravaganza Saturday at the Wellington Street Sports Complex.

CORNER BROOK  Pat Fewer was feeling pretty good about winning his first senior men’s soccer trophy with the West Side Monarchs.

The Monarchs eked out a 1-0 victory over the Corner Brook Under-18s in the A final at the 2014 Corner Brook Senior Men’s Soccer Extravaganza Saturday at the Wellington Street Sports Complex.

“It’s a great feeling. It’s the first trophy win for the boys in a long time and it was the first one for me with the team so it was nice to get some hardware,” he said. “I think the boys were ecstatic because of the disappointment that happened last year so it was nice to get a win under our belts.”

The disappointment he was talking about was losing to the Curling Rangers in the Corner Brook Senior Men’s Soccer League final last year. The Rangers, meanwhile, managed to eke out a 2-0 win over the Under-16s in the showdown for gold in the B final Saturday at Wellington.

Tyler Lavers dented the mesh at 55 minutes for the game’s only goal and Bruce Grobbelaar posted the shutout in the championship final.

The Monarchs defeated the Under-16s 2-0 and lost 1-0 to the Hawks in preliminary play before shading Grand Bank 2-1 in a quarter-final matchup.

According to Fewer, the calibre of soccer seemed to get better with each game as all teams tried to settle in a groove with the first touches of the ball this year.

“As the weekend progressed, we started playing really well,” he said.  "Started to settle in and push the ball around and play some soccer.”

The Under-18s, under new coach Vince Pickett, picked up three wins before bowing out to the black and gold in the final. The team, which is still in the tryout stages with 20-odd players in the mix for a spot on the team, defeated the Curling Rangers 2-1 and upended Gander 4-0 before blanking the Hawks 2-0 in the other semifinal matchup.

Ryan Dawe of the Under-18s, who had two goals in the 4-0 win over Gander, was impressed with way the team played given the fact it was the first time as a collective group. He was particularly pleased to see the team boast a balanced scoring attack. In the past, Dawe was the offensive weapon for the team, but it appears he has a strong supporting cast to work with in his last year of eligibility in the U18 age bracket.

“I liked how all our goals were shared out among different players,” he said. “It wasn’t just one person scoring the goals. We had it spread out between different players and we look just look like a better team this year.

“I thought we did pretty good for a team with no practice at all and just put together before the tournament,” he added.

The Corner Brook Senior Men’s Soccer League will open for the 2014 regular season Wednesday night at Wellington. League officials are finalizing the schedule, but it won’t be available until sometime Tuesday.

 

 

Organizations: Rangers, Wellington Street Sports Complex, Soccer League Grand Bank

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