While the West Island College boys’ soccer team made a 7-1 decision over their counterparts at Villa Maria Lynx, the Villa team had a positive performance in the late season loss. This is the first juvenile boys’ team for the Villa and the team have played in a top division and although it has been difficult the players have learned from the experience. The squad is made up of midget and juvenile players, which made the campaign difficult. “If they had played the whole season like they played this second half, it would have been a completely different season,” Villa manager Gino Di Fazio said. “Despite playing in a top division against much stronger teams, we still have goals and possession time.”
In the Voyageurs’ victory, the cornering success, which provided a trio of goals and a hat trick from Peter Massas, propelled WIC to victory at their home field of Dollard Synthetic. The first half was entirely WIC as they scored six goals with Massas opening the scoring. A flurry of play after a left corner kicked Nicholas Pandin to 2-0.
Lynx goalkeeper Zhenxiao Yang had made some spectacular diving saves, but on WIC’s third goal the pitch was caught and it allowed Leonardo Panarello to throw the ball 40 yards to find the unattended net. Massas recorded the next two tallies to complete his hat trick and give the home side a 5-0 advantage. Kaden Gagnon-Salama’s shot under the crossbar sent the game to the break with the Voyageurs holding a 6-0 lead. “Our team worked very hard,” said WIC coach Patrice Nantel. “We hope to finish first in our division and win the whole thing. I’m lucky to have 15 AA players this year, so I think we’ve got a pretty good team.
The second half was a completely different game as the Lynx came out with more aggressive leads in the third forward as the defense limited the WIC to one goal. La Villa scored the first goal in the second half as Youssef Karroumy broke through and landed a perfect shot in front of Voyageur goalkeeper Sean Lafleur for the shutout. “They have learned from their mistakes and have adapted,” said coach Di Fazio. “For the Midget players who will be back, they will learn from this experience, come back and know what to expect. “
Anthony Siciliano scored the Voyageurs’ only goal in the second half to close the scoring of the day.