BY DAN MCNEE
LISTOWEL – The Listowel United men’s league soccer club is showing its opponents in the South West Region Soccer League that they will be one of the teams to beat this season.
United came away from its first Cup matchup of the year versus Waterloo City on June 14 with a 2-0 shutout win at Optimist Park. Derek Couto and Joe Neves converted for Listowel in the second half, which kept the visitors at bay the rest of the way with solid defence and sound goalkeeping from Brandon Galbraith.
“It was really, really tight until we got that first goal,” said United head coach Hans Meier.
Couto scored what turned out to be the game winner on a corner kick conversion, taking the ball off the chest, to the knee and then kicked it past the Waterloo keeper. Neves made good on a precision pass from Adam George later in the half to give the home side some insurance.
“They’re doing really good,” said Meier of his team. “I’m proud of the team; we’re going to try and keep it up.”
Listowel traveled to Southampton on Sunday afternoon for a meeting with the Saugeen Royals in regular season Men’s Premier play.
Despite being shorthanded and having no substitute players, United still managed to give the Royals all they could handle, but ultimately dropped the contest 4-2. Imports Brandon Tebrake and Nick Patrick kept up their stellar play for Listowel, each tallying a goal.
“We hit the post once and had a few other chances,” said Meier, whose team dropped to a 4-1 record with the loss. “We almost got back in that one.”
Listowel United continues its road trip over the next couple of weeks, before next returning home for a meeting with Stratford City on Sunday, July 7 at Optimist Park. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
LISTOWEL LADIES TO FACE OFF
IN CANADA DAY MATCH
The Listowel Ladies 1 will be meeting the Listowel Ladies 2 for the second and final time this season in South West Region Soccer League women’s play on July 1.
The Ladies 1 currently hold a 2-2-2 record on the season while the Ladies 2 are still looking for their first win of the year at 0-4-1. Both teams host games this Sunday at Optimist Park at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively before playing each other on Canada Day, with kickoff at 5 p.m. The two teams tied 1-1 in their only other meeting this season.