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ON TARGET – Idolos player Stephen Dynes scores past RDFC goalkeeper Rich Gavin during second half semifinal action of the Whitehorse Futsal League at the Canada Games Centre on Wednesday evening.

Idolos, CSG boys earn futsal title berths

The futsal action was intense Wednesday evening at the Canada Games Centre.

By John Tonin on March 26, 2021

The futsal action was intense Wednesday evening at the Canada Games Centre. The Whitehorse Futsal League is completing its season and featured two semifinal games on the evening.

The early game was action-packed and was close until the final buzzer. Idolos captured the hard-fought match over RDFC 3-2.

In the early goings, Idolos controlled the action and got plenty of shots on net but RDFC goalkeeper Rich Gavin was up to the task.

However, Gavin couldn’t stop them all and Kaelen Lewis potted the opening goal for Idolos after some slick passing.

Shortly after, Idolos doubled their lead. Stephen Dynes found himself unmarked near the far post. Making no mistake, he handled a slick pass before slotting it into the net to give his side a 2-0 advantage.

Despite the early deficit, RDFC kept pushing the action and eventually found the back of the net. Harrison Kwok, who earned the Golden Boot for most goals scored in the regular season, rocketed a shot past the Idolos keeper.

After the opening 20 minutes, it was 2-1 for the Idolos.

In the second stanza, Idolos once again went two-up on their opponent. Streaking down the right side of the court, Dynes found himself alone at the far post and scored past Gavin after hitting the post.

Idolos had plenty of more quality scoring chances, but Gavin refused to be beaten again. RDFC got one goal back off the foot of Dillon Vickerman with less than 10 minutes remaining in the frame.

This late goal set up a frantic finish. Both teams had quality chances but couldn’t find the back of the net. Kwok barely missed on a free-kick and in the waning moments, RDFC had one more quality chance but could not capitalize.

The other semifinal match was played against the Grizzlies and the CSG boys – also known as the Junior Selects.

In a game that was closer than the score indicates, the CSG side potted four to win 4-0.

It didn’t take long for CSG to get on the board. Two minutes into the opening frame, Ben Kishchuk found the net with a well-placed penalty.

Shortly after the opening goal, Seba Insley doubled the CSG lead. Weaving his way through the Grizzlies’ defence, Insley found an opening and expertly dispatched the ball.

Down but not out, the Grizzlies responded quickly but hit the upright twice before the half ended.

The game remained competitive but Kischuck struck for his second of the game from long range to extend the lead.

With the Grizzlies chasing, Insley added to his goal total to give CSG a commanding 4-0 lead.

Idolos and the CSG boys have punched their tickets to the Whitehorse Futsal League Finals to be played next Wednesday at the CGC.

2020-2021 League Awards:

Golden Boot: Harrison Kwok.

Sportsmanship, as voted by the referees: Ryder Brulotte.

MVP, nominated by team captains: John London.

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