Rob Florkiewicz has had many memorable games in the Whitehorse Rapids Over-35 soccer league, but none as good as Saturday’s game, as his two goals proved to be the difference between his Pepsi side and Klondike Business Solutions.
There are not many players as hard working as Florkiewicz in the league, and for him to get the winning goal is testament to that effort. Simon Pulido and an own goal had Pepsi on their way to a 4-0 lead.
But they nearly let it slip as KBS smashed in three goals in the last 10 minutes and were somewhat unlucky not to get any points from the game as Eric Murphy, Adil Khalik and Danny Macdonald all scored to make things very tense at the end.
O’Brien the Irish messiah
Mark O’Brien is a changed man. He has gone from a defensive hatchet man to an elegant goal-scoring machine, showing again his prowess in front of goal with another two goals as his Yukon Brewing team held Tony’s Pizza to a 3-3 draw.
O’Brien has been a revelation this season and no team in the Yukon can hold him back when he is in form. His two goals take him to 13 goals for the year, making it a record for a defender.
Justin Carre for Tony’s Pizza grabbed his 31st and 32nd goals of the season, taking him 12 goals ahead for the golden boot award, as he brought the boys in white back from two goals down to tie up the game. Sean Fearon scored the other goal for Tony’s, while Jim Connell scored for Yukon Brewing.
Heading into the final week of the regular season, the playoff matchups are already set. Yukon Brewing and Yukon Info.com will play in the 4th vs 5th place game to face Pepsi in the semifinals. Tony’s Pizza and KBS will meet in the other semifinal, but not before a final regular season tuneup with Pepsi on the bye.
-By Andy Todd