On Oct. 10 the Cearwater Boy Soccer team did something that no one has done in a long time. They defeated the St Anne’s team 2-0 in league play. St Anne’s has dominated our soccer league for many years, but that domination has been upset by a very strong and determined Clearwater team. I give our team full marks for putting on a great performance.
The game was hard fought and St Anne’s certainly had more skill. However, Clearwater is a big, fast, strong team that wanted to win badly and they played desperate soccer. Clearwater had good control for the first 20 minutes of the game and got an early goal from Aaron Murray. At the five minute mark Aaron picked up a lead ball from the mid field, beat the defence on the run, and buried a hard shot in the bottom corner. About 20 minutes later Aiden Sim put us up 2-0 with another well placed shot after some hard work to keep the ball in their end. At halftime we were up 2-0. Both goals were due to the speed and strength of our players.
In the second half, St Anne’s pressed hard to get a goal and get back in the game. They controlled the play for a lot of the 2nd half, but our team did not buckle and played a solid game to protect our lead. Every player raised their game to another level and hustled for each ball. We were first to the ball all the time; in the air and on the ground. Though the whole team deserves praise, I must say that Donald Ritchie was flawless in the nets and made many strong saves, and some spectacular ones. Our defensive corp, which are always the unsung players, put up a wall and St Anne’s chances were never clear cut. They were always being checked and pressured by a relentless team.
Clearwater has a good team and they have learned what it takes to win. The team has three solid victories behind them and has gained a lot of skill and confidence over the season. I wish to thank all the players for their effort and determination throughout the game.