NLSA Molson Challenge Cup

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Holy Cross will give their opponents all they can handle

1. Prince Edward Island 4.Ontario 7. Sask. 10.NB
2. British Columbia 5. Alberta 8. Man. 11. Yukon
3. Nova Scotia 6.Québec 9.NL
12. NWT

Group A Group B Group C Group D
British Columbia Nova Scotia Ontario
Manitoba Saskatchewan Québec Alberta
New Brunswick Yukon NWT

2011 Holy Cross NLSA
Challenge Cup Champions

2011 - Holy Cross Will Be Heard From

This is the 3rd consecutive year that this Holy Cross squad will travel to National "Senior Men's" Soccer National Championship and I feel this club are going to be heard from. First of all, they were challenged in 2011 and you can bet that good teams find a way to win, and sometimes it will take a break or two for you to get through. Cross won this by defeating a hard working Feildians team in the semi -finals and winning on a penalty shot shootout after they had relinquished the first goal of the game in OT. They tied the game in the dying minutes of the contest which permitted them to defeat Mount Pearl on PK's.
The pressure is now "off "
Yes, Cross had pressure on them in 2011and they had it on them all season. But now they can build themselves on the character that they obtained by succeeding through this year's pressure. They will also will gain from the experience they got in Saskatoon in 2008 and from the disappointing showing they had in 2009 in PEI.


Holy Cross Opponents - See Below

PEI Reps - Soccerstop Edge FC

2010 National Champs
Soccerstop Edge FC squad from the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers Soccer Club are again back as the PEI reps and they are the defending Nationals Champions. Last year when Holy Cross met this team in their first game of the tournament they outplayed the PEI reps in every aspect of the game except on the score-sheet. Young Scotty Woodfine could have beaten PEI all by himself if he had scored on any of the three or four break-away's that he had. Also, the missed opportunity, on a wide open net, by Matt Breen in the dying moments of the first half could have impacted the outcome of game as well.

During the match, while I was doing the color for the broadcasting, there was a Senior CSA Referee Assessor, from B.C. standing next to me and he whispered in my ear , "despite what the final outcome is here , Holy Cross could have very easily put the PEI team away if they had scored on half of their chances". I feel PEI got all the breaks in 2010. The situation may be very different this time around in 2011. This time, I look for a Cross victory : Score 2-1

2011 Manitoba Senior Men's Champions
Winnipeg Juventus

Holy Cross may very well have caught a big break when the Winnipeg Juventus team won the 2011 championship. The Juventus team trailed the 1st place Sons of Italy team and the Hellas FC soccer team all season but won the big one this season. This may very well work to Holy Cross's advantage because sometimes one has to be good to be lucky and lucky to be good and so far Cross has been both in 2011. I feel you will see another Holy Cross victory in this match. Score : 3-0

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