Jake Warren: A weekend to remember !
After the completion of this past weekends Molson Challenge Cup action, Holy Cross moved ahead of the idle Mount Pearl team to move into the 4th and final play-off position. Holy Cross picked up two victories defeating both Corner Brook and CBS by identical scores of 3-0. What was so incredible here was the six goal performance by Holy Cross's Jake Warren. By any standards..... it is a weekend for him remember. Warren has been an all-star since he entered the league and he is currently on pace to be a strong candidate for NLSA Senior Player of the Decade, 2010 -2019. As of right now, he would receive my first place vote. Scoring back to back hat-tricks is an amazing feat. Taking a close look at the overall scoring and standings, the leagues goal-scoring is way down. I feel this is as a result of the parity in the league. Jake Warren went into the weekend with two goals and after his six goal weekend, he currently stands in 1st place in the goal-scoring dept.
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NLSA Canada Games embarrass the Laurentians
In St. Lawrence, where you are only as good as your last game, the Laurentians were embarrassed right in front of their home fans. On Sunday the NLSA Under- 18 Provincial Canada Games team humiliated the Laurentians by defeating the 1st place Laurentians by a score of 1 -0. The game was scoreless until the 84 minute mark when Jacob Grant scored a beauty, defeating Laurentians goalie Patrick Slaney on the play. The NL Games team is comprised of a group of kids who are Under-18,youth by soccer standards. What I found rather startling in this contests were the number of no-shows for the Laurentians. The Laurentians must have been missing at least a half a dozen regulars. I'm realize some of the missing players had legitimate reason and over the course of a twenty -three game schedule, players will miss a number of games. I also realize there is a certain amount of honor and pride given to any player who dons the Laurentians Blue and if you make that commitment, one is expected to honor it. Meanwhile on Saturday, the Laurentians, despite being a little short-handed did what is expected of the 1st place Challenge Cup team in NLSA's Senior League, they defeated the Canada Games team by a score of 3-0.
Holy Cross : 3 v Corner Brook : 0 -- - Jake Warren (3)---Shut-out Thomas Pieroway
St. Lawrence : 3 v CBS : 0 ---- Stefan Slaney, M. Pittman, Devon Ryan -- SO Patrick Slaney
CBS: 1 v Feildians: 0 --- Ryan Day -- Shut-out : D'arcy Bennett
Holy Cross : 3 v CBS: 0 --- Jake Warren (3)---Shut-out : Dylan Crichton
Feildians : 1 v Corner Brook : 0 ---- Marek Nakionncky , Shut-out : Braedon Sheppard
Canada Games : 1 v St. Lawrence : 0 ----- Jacob Grant, Shut-out : Jack Haywood