(Oct 18th) – The U14 soccer team walked over to St. Mike’s today (via the Forest Hill Village and all the construction on Heath Street) on a beautiful, sunny, late Fall day. The team was excited to be on St. Michael’s imposing turf field at the junction of St. Clair and Bathurst. However, that did not translate into quality football in the early going, with the Blues struggling to impose their rhythm on the game. While they had the lion’s share of possession, most of that was peripheral – with relatively few quality scoring chances being generated. James Matheson would eventually open up the scoring off of a rebound from a James Bao shot, to give UCC the early lead. St. Mike’s would answer with a free kick from distance by #17. Overall, the first half was disappointing, with UCC looking tired, unimaginative and less hungry than their opponents.
The second half was much better, with the fight in the Blues becoming much more evident. There were more quality opportunities generated from UCC, but St. Mike’s would continue to battle hard on their home turf to thwart the Blues’s chances. Late in the half, talisman Lucas Fiorini scored from a brilliant stike just outside the 18. Fiorini would add another later and Eli Preston rounded out the account at the final whistle for a 4–1 finish – a scoreline that was not indicative of how close the game actually was.
Take aways are that the U14s will have to be much sharper, more energetic and bring a higher ‘compete level’ if they want to be successful in the playoffs and achieve their goal of winning the CISAA Championship. Next up for the Blues is Royal St. George’s on Monday, October 23rd, in what is the last game of the regular season.