Attack Grab Gold In Ancaster
After finishing in first place in regular play, the Attack went on to win the semi final game in a shootout and then in dramatic fashion, won in the finals, again in a shootout to take the championship.
“This was a very competitive tournament, all the teams were very close. There were no breaks and you had to be on your game each time you played,” said Steve Kloostra, Head Coach of the Attack. “What stood out most for me is the resiliency of this team. The guys never gave up, even when down in the semi-finals, rather they rose up, each time to bring this title home.”
“The coaches are proud of these guys, each and every one of them,” continued Kloostra. “The coaching staff couldn’t be more impressed. This was a big tournament victory for this team against very tough competition.”
Top open the tournament, Stefan Borovicanin scored in a close 2-1 loss vs Kitchener Spirit ‘A’.
Chatham took game two over Windsor Ciociaro FC by 2-0. Ashton Van Helden had the shut out while Cameron Marson and Christian Mastroianni scored for the Attack.
In the semi final against the Pelham Panthers, Owen Den Brinker had the first goal for the Attack. Late in the second half when Chatham was trailing 2-1, facing elimination, Aiden Lucyk tied it up, forcing a shoot out. Shootout goals were scored by Mastroianni, Colin Kloostra, and Marson. Van Helden was superb in net, stopping a penalty shot earlier in the game and then denying 3 of Pelham’s shots in the shootout to take the win, sending Chatham to the finals.
The championship game proved equally exciting, Borovicanin scored for Chatham and regulation time ended in a 1-1 tie against Mount Hamilton. Chatham earned the win in another shootout, going all the way to 5 shooters for each team. Van Helden was in net for the victory. Shootout goals came from Mastroianni, Kloostra, Marson, and Josh Balan netted a beauty to put it away for the Attack.
In the Elgin Middlesex District Soccer League the team has won their first two games of the season.
The Attack edged Oakridge 2-1 on May 21st, with Josh Balan and Owen DenBrinker scoring the Chatham goals.
On May 27th Chatham beat the Tillsonburg Titans 3-1. Goals came from Colin Kloostra, Stefan Borovicanin, and Cameron Marson. Van Helden was in net for both games.
Next home games are June 4, 18, and 28, all at Thames Campus at 630pm.
Front row L to R: Christian Mastroianni, Ryan Degroot, Stefan Borovicanin, Ashton Van Helden, Mohammad Alowdh, Aiden Lucyk, Alex Strevel. Back row L to R: Head Coach Steve Kloostra, Joshua Balan, Owen Den Brinker, Colin Kloostra, Cameron Marson, Simon Coelho, Dylan Holly, Evan Minnie, Cameron Duquette, Cameron Lynds, Assistant coaches John Mastroianni & Cesar Coelho. Not pictured: Greg Vermey & Manager Val Duquette