Battle in school soccer competition winds down

POSTED: 05/28/12 3:38 PM

St. Maarten – After weeks of intense competition, the weaker teams have been eliminated from the school soccer competition, some are still fighting to remain in contention and the battles among the stronger teams have intensified.

In one of the quarter final games played on Saturday in the U-11 category, the Sr. Magda Dribbel Champs secured an automatic qualification for the semi final round when the DR Martin Luther King Jr team failed to show up.

In game two, also in the U-11 bracket, the C.I.A. easily overcame the new comers in the competition, Charles Leopold Bell even though they were missing their top scorer Charles Taylor. The C.I.A. scored 7 in the first half and 6 in the second half to win by 13-0.
Top scorer for C.I.A. was Thomas Taylor with 6 goals and 2 assists and Noah La Vigne with 3 goals and 4 assists.

In game three which involved players in the U-13 bracket, the C.I.A had little or no difficulty in overpowering the Dr. M.L. King Strikers: 9-0. It was one of the best performances by the winners. Alex Hassel Jr. the keeper for the losing team did his best to defend his goal, but he did not receive the much needed assistance from his defenders. Top scorer for C.I.A.was Jeremy Bryan with 3 goals and 1 assist.

Game four turned out to be one of the exciting games of the day; the Prins Willem Alexander team proved to be the stronger team scoring 5 times in the first half and twice in the second half when they faced the Genevieve De Weever team and that effort helped them to secure a place in the semi final round. Top scoring for the Prins Willem Alexander School was Oriol Sainvil with 4 goals and 1 assist. Reshawn Isaac and Travin Joseph, both had 2 goals and 2 assists for the De Weever team.

In the first semi final match in the U-11 bracket, the Sr. Magda Dribbel Champs dominated the game from the beginning scoring 5 times in the first half. A late goal just before half time turned out to be the only goal for the C.I.A. And that low scoring game by the C.I.A was compounded by an injury to one of their players who was struck by a ball and the coach decided that his team would not continue with the game.
Top scoring for the Sr. Magda Dribbel Champs was Kael Richards with 5 goals and 1 assist. C.I.A.’s lone goal was scored by Justus de Boer after an assist by Ryan Mazola.

The first semi final game between the C.I.A and the Prins Willem Alexander team in the U-13 bracket was a one sided affair after the former defeated the latter by 10 goals to 1. The C.I.A. was by far too strong for Prins Willem Alexander scoring 6 goals in the first half. The second half showed a stronger PWA who scored 1 goal by Jarius Woods. Nevertheless it was not enough because C.I.A. scored 4 more goals. Top scoring for the C.I.A. was Alessandro Colantonio with 4 goals and Jeremy Bryan with 2 goals and 3 assists.

In quarter final number 5, the Genevieve de Weever came out in full force, but the Sr. Magda United Stars were missing their playmaker Andre Knol. United Stars scored 4 times in the first half and 3 times in the second half. Genevieve de Weever scored once in the first half. The lone goal scorer was Josue Pineda after an assist by Jamarr Fleming. The end result was Sr. Magda United Stars 7 and Genevieve de Weever 1. Top scoring for Sr. Magda was Diaro Forsythe with 3 goals and 1 assist.

In the U-11 bracket, the confrontation resulted in a close game but it was Ruby Labega who went to half time with a 2-0 lead. Learning Unlimited scored 4 times in the second half.
Ruby Labega scored 3 times after the break, squeezing past Learning Unlimited with a one goal difference to secure a place in the second semi final game. Top scoring for Learning Unlimited was Aman Goswani with 3 goals. Top scoring for Ruby Labega was Shaquan Flanders with 5 goals.

Quarter Final 7 in the U-13 bracket, the M.P.C. was missing some important players who went on a trip, but Coach Gomes found a good replacement in Kenylan Constant. Etienne Johnson was M.P.C.’s top scorer with 7 goals. Oranje School, another debutant did well in their first appearance in the school soccer tournament, making it into the quarter final, but M.P.C. was too strong. M.P.C. won with 11 goals and Oranje School 2. Oranje School top scorer was Kerby Luneus with 1 goal and 1 assist. M.P.C.made it to the semi final.

Quarter Final 8 in the U-13 bracket, St. Dominic was unable to make an impression, while Sr. Regina made 3 goals in the first half and another 3 goals in the second with an end result of 6-0. Top scorers for Sr. Regima were Mik Boland with 3 goals and Ezekiel Gumbs with 2 goals. Sr. Regina was the last team to qualify for the semi Finals.

In the second semi final game in the U- 11 bracket, the Sr. Magda United Stars came up with a great defensive team effort to deal with the threat of Ruby Labega’s top scorer Shaquan Flanders while scoring at the other end. Sr. Magda scored 5 times in the first half and 3 times in the second half. The end result was Sr. Magda United Stars 8 and Ruby Labega 0. Top scorer for Sr. Magda was Diaro Forsythe with 6 goals. Sr. Magda Unites Stars was the last to make it to the final in the 11 and under category.

It was an exciting last game of the day. M.P.C. took a quick lead which they kept until halftime 2-0. Sr. Regina got some good advice from coach Kevin which almost paid off. Sr. Regina scored 4 times the second half, but M.P.C. scored also 4 times but with the goals of the first half it resulted in a 6-4 win for M.P.C. Top scorer for M.P.C. was Kenylan Constant who scored 5 times. Top scorer Sr. Regina was Ezekiel Gumbs with 2 goals. M.P.C. was the last team to qualify for the final 13 and under.

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