U12 boys fall before semis
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Jul 07, 2008  |  Vote 0    0

U12 boys fall before semis

Stratford Gazette

Stratford Kickmasters U12 Boys got off on the right foot Saturday at the Stratford Classic tournament, defeating Mount Hamilton Selects 4-2 in their opener.After a 1-1 first half, Stratford roared ahead 3-1 midway through the second stanza on Blake Pickering's hat trick. After a Hamilton goal on a penalty Radu Superceau added some needed insurance as he blocked a Hamilton clearing attempt into the cage.Kickmasters displayed some fine team passing, notably some fine work between Jimmy Flood, Cameron Henderson and Owen Smith. Defenders Nolan Zimmer and Steven King were steadfast in their challenges, repeatedly stripping the oncoming attacks.  The hard work of Brandon Van Vessem did not go unnoticed. He created many scoring chances, including a blast off the crossbar.Game two saw Stratford take a first-half lead over the Hamilton Avalanche. A beautiful throw-in by Owen Smith sent a streaking Owen O'Leary down the field, making no mistake and curling the ball beyond the keeper.Hamilton used their very physical play to roar back and tie the game, then scored the winner on a penalty kick. Keeper Ryan Foster was busy all game and was the recipient of three Hamilton collisions. Stratford's Curtis Hessey, Sam Hopkinson and Kaejon Misuraca used their speed to give the opposition defence fits. Defenders Keaton Foster and Isaiah Walkom had strong games fending off a very aggressive Avalanche attack.Needing a win to advance to the semi-finals, Stratford delivered a lacklustre performance, missing their usual zip as they fell 4-0 to an energized Niagara Falls squad.The Falls dominated throughout, winning almost every loose ball. The strong defensive stops of Steven King and Andrew Bogdon helped to push back many other near-scoring chances. One bright spot in the match was the spirited two way play of Van Vessem, a former Falls resident, who was relentless in both ends of the pitch.

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