The Red Bulls winged their way past the Cookie Monsters 1-0 in a Royal LePage U12 boys youth soccer showdown Saturday.
Sweeper Mark Hesketh had the Monsters seeing red with his stingy defending. Hesketh negated the game’s first scoring chance with a bullish shot block on Connor Strilchuk.
Soon, striker Strilchuk strode in again, deftly deflecting a drive by Evan Bush, but the red keeper came up with the stop. Another feature of the game was the nifty combination passing of the Nguyen brothers, Tai and Tri.
In the 17th minute, Tri wove his way into the box and bagged one for the Bulls with a low bullet. Six minutes later, Keaton Dick ducked around a Bull and crossed to Strilchuk, whose scoring flick was called back, narrowly offside.
Before the half, fleet-footed Bradley Halvorson broke in on Cookie keeper Tavis Whibley, who made a monster save. In the second, Owen Sunderland spearheaded the Monster attack, backed by the tenacious defence of Mason Wood and Hayden Dick, but the Red Bulls’ bulwark held.
The Printech Gold Prowlers gold team iced the Printech Navy Prowlers 6-1 in U13 boys play Friday night at blustery Marshall Field.
The Golds started the game into the wind and running uphill, but managed a goal by Ben Molitwenik for the halftime lead.
The second half saw the Gold Prowlers running with the winds at their backs and the game took on a frenetic pace. Molitwenik added a deuce, while Brad Cramer matched his hat trick. Lucas Schuck turned in a stellar two-way showing with two assists, while Willem Gibson (2), Rory Campbell, Conner Seehaver, Tage Kineshanko,and Rory Campbell also had helpers. Keeper Jackson Buller turned away many fine efforts by Navy.
In other U13 boys action, Caleb Dreir supplied four goals and Aiden Buckley counted three as the Italian Kitchen Scrubs ambushed the Fairfield Inn & Suites 10-2.
Braydon Beese (2) and Nicolas Petty completed the Scrubs’ offence. Jackson Dahl and Jayden Sexsmith replied for Fairfield.
The Blue Skittles and the Emerald Girls played to a 2-2 draw in U9 girls play Saturday at Creekside Park.
The Emeralds took an early lead as Verdi White tucked a crossed ball just inside the post. Skittle defender Emmah Pedersen prevented any more damage with a pair of gutsy blocks.
Sophie Challen then forced a turnover at midfield, and Jasmine Soon ran on to the ball, blew past the last defender, and laced the tying goal.
In the 19th minute, Lauren Cooke wheeled around a traffic jam in the Skittles’ end and put the girls in green ahead once more. Two minutes before the half, Soon broke loose again and unleashed a thunderbolt high into the Emerald net.
After the break, the green team stormed out of the gate, but Skittle Kiana Bussiere proved impassable on the back line. Forward Arwyn Thomas turned the tide with a series of penetrating runs into the green end.
The blue bonbons had a handful of delectable chances, but green keeper Sophie Winstanley gobbled up the ball each time.
Skittle Fianna Gough made an impact with her hustle all over the pitch.
As time wound down, Cooke appeared to have the winner, as she hammered a ball from the edge of the box. But Skittle keeper Aida Dempsey was there, flashing her right glove to make a game-saving stop.