Holy Cross advances to quarter finals at 2012 Nationals
Wow - what a game !
To date the Nova Scotia vs Holy Cross men game was the most exciting game of the 2012 National Challenge Cup. It had flare, it had toughness and it sure had excitement. Holy Cross opened the scoring early when sniper John Hawo scored on a beautiful shot at the 9 minute mark. Nova Scotia scored a dandy themselves when a shot was taken at the 41 minute mark by a NS mid-fielder leaving Holy Cross goalie with no chance on the play.
NS takes the lead
NS scored their second goal of the contest at the 65 minute mark of the second half on another super shot. Cross pressed after that but NS seemed destined for a victory until the game had a little less than 10 minutes remaining on the score clock. That's when cross put the pedal to the medal and put the gear shift in overdrive. At the 82 minute mark Jake Warren scored the goal of his life. He moved around two defenders knocked of two more defenders and beat the goalie giving Holy Cross a final breath of hope and another breath of life.
We all remember - Henderson Goal for Team Canada
I guess most old folk's will always remember Henderson's goal so will the Holy Cross fans that witnessed Steve Delong goal at the University of Manitoba Indoor Soccer Complex. Delong, who is this years MVP and top goal scorer, scored a thriller as he picked up the ball inside the NS 18 and lobbed the ball over the head of the NS keeper. This sent the NL fans,who were in attendance, into a frenzy and gave Holy Cross a 1Win - 1 Loss record in their division with Manitoba and Nova Scotia.
Tie breaking rules
When all teams have an identical record at the Nationals in a three team division the CSA use the following tie breaking rules. First, it is goal differential. In this case all teams were tied at 0. Second, it was goals scored. Because Manitoba only scored one goal in their two games and both Nova Scotia and NL had scored three goals, Manitoba were eliminated from the 2012 play-offs. Next, the CSA had to determine who was 1st or 2nd place team in this division. This was to be decided on 5a PK shoot-out. PK's were then taken after the completion of the match by each team. NL won the PK shoot-out and as a result finished 1st in their division.
This now sets up a Holy Cross play-off match where they play against, the 2011 National Challenge Cup Champions, Saskatchewan in a quarter final show down. All matches on Saturday will be played outdoors. The Holy Cross men will play 4 pm NL time. While the Holy Cross women are scheduled to play Quebec at 2 pm NL time.
The games three stars
1st Star - Steve Delong
2nd Star - Jake Warren
3rd star - John Hawco