In Whitehorse Rapids Over-35 soccer semifinal playoffs, the game between Pepsi and Yukon Info ended 2-2 after regulation time.
Myles Dolphin and Simon Pulido had scored for Pepsi while Ian Robinson got the first for Yukon Info, the second came courtesy of an uncharacteristic blunder by Pulido, allowing Jan Aalt van den Hoorn to score with only seconds left on the clock.
So, the scene was set for penalty kicks to decide the winner. Both teams’ season rested on a few brave souls. The first shooters Guliano Rayo and JP Ladroue both scored, while the next two Myles Dolphin and Jürgen Korn both missed.
Up stepped the skippers taking responsibility for their destiny. Aalt van den Hoorn missed, while Keith Maguire squeezed his shot home, sparking wild celebrations amongst the Pepsi players.
Goals galore send Tony’s through
The fans in the stands were treated to a goal fest with 14 goals scored in the second semifinal as both teams fought hard for a place in the final. Tony’s Pizza overcame a dogged Klondike Business Solutions team 8-6, scoring their goals in bunches.
Twice Tony’s were cruising to the win and twice KBS battled back. It could have been different if KBS were at full strength. Their captain Danny Macdonald played ironman, not substituting until a bang on the head forced him off the field.
Tony’s goals were scored by Andy Todd (4), Phil Jackson (2), Joe Morrison and Justin Carre, while Macdonald (2), Adil Khalik (2), James McCullough and an own goal were the responses for KBS.
The final set for Saturday morning will be between Pepsi and Tony’s who were first and second in the regular season and should be a great game.
The third, fourth and fifth positions in the league will be decided in a mini round-robin, with Yukon Info.com, Yukon Brewing and KBS battling to achieve the highest position.
- By Andy Todd