Jan Aalt van den Horne was at the peak of his powers for this game as he made a host of miracle saves that kept his team on the winning trail as Air North Rangers beat Yukoninfo.com 3-2 in the early over 35’s soccer game at the Canada Games Centre.
Both Aalt van den Horne and Info keeper Derek Krawchuk were their respective teams MVP for the day, as they kept the scores down to a respectable level, thwarting many attacks with their knowledge of the finer arts of goalkeeping.
Ciaran Connolly opened the scoring for Air North Rangers, with Andy Todd replying for Yukoninfo.com.
Then in a bizarre event, skipper Iain Breckenridge kicked the floor as he went for a pass, the ball ballooned over Krawchuk and nestled into the net. It was if time stood still.
Breckenridge who is well known for his lucky goals added this one to his list.
In a seesaw match, Michael Zuccarini leveled for Yukoninfo, then the game became very cagey.
Both teams had chances to win it, before Huy Nguyen again showed what a good player he is, scoring the winning goal.
Ladroue has too much class for
JP Ladroue was in lethal form on Saturday as he notched three superb goals in Pepsi’s 5-2 win.
Ladroue combines pace with accuracy as he has arguably become the best finisher in the league.
When he gets in one-on-one with the keeper there is only ever one ending.
Pepsi are slowly improving their form and when they have a full roster they are a match for any team in the league.
Yukon Brewing huffed and puffed with Miles Hume and David Rayo scoring, but ultimately Pepsi had their measure and were able to shut them down effectively.
With skipper Mark O Brien playing in his best position at the back marshalling the defence, Pepsi seemed to have another gear to go to.
Nathan Cross and James McCullough picked up the other goals for Pepsi, as they look to push on in the second half of the season.
Bingham has the touch
Klondike Business Solutions Nathan Bingham has been putting in big performances all year, and in the late game he secured a point with a deft deflection in the ashes of this game leaving the game a pulsating 4-4 tie with Driving Force.
Bingham is not a man to take lightly, he is a terrifying opponent with his all action approach to soccer, and when KBS keeper George Maratos took aim with the clock already on borrowedtime, Bingham used his nimble feet to divert the shot into the goal.
The result was a little harsh on Driving Force, as they dominated the midfield, and were in possession of the ball for large sections of the game.
To the fore were Phil Jackson with two goals, Mark Chapman (one) and Greg Grady (one) who were able to find space to exploit an exposed KBS defence.
But in Matthias Hartmann KBS have a man who can dig them out of a hole, and when he is on the pitch the men in blue look like they can score, which Hartmann did twice, and Mark Sebek once.
- submitted by ANDY TODD