November 1, 2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The semi-finals of the Times Colonist Cup got underway this week with two matches played at UVic’s turf field that featured defending champions Lambrick Park Lions versus Claremont Spartans and St. Andrews versus last year’s finalists Glenlyon Norfolk (GNS).
Under the deluge of pouring rain, all four teams gave it their all in an effort to gain a spot in the final of Cup play, scheduled for November 14th, at 5:30 p.m. at UVIC’s Centennial Stadium.
The game opener in the Lions – Spartans game came from Claremont’s Yvan Atemgoua who powered past the Lions defence to end the scoreless first 20 minutes and put Claremont up on the board.
This was matched a few minutes later with a tap in from Lambrick’s Felipe Duchene off a corner kick. The first half didn’t end until Lambrick’s Spencer Scotney made a hard kick from the 20 yard line to lead the game 2-1 at the half.
Claremont fought back hard in the second half when Wes Block took a shot at the 18 yard line at Lambrick’s goalkeeper Matt Turner who deflected the shot only to have it tapped in by Claremont’s Liaros Tasos to even the score at 2-2.
Not taking this lightly, Lambrick ramped up their offence and deluged Claremont with several shots on goal. The game changer came when Scotney nailed a 35 foot shot that deflected off the Claremont goalie and with a flick of the foot Lambrick’s Everett Fisher brought the Lions back into the lead.
Lambrick’s offensive efforts prevailed when Scotney once again took a breakaway pass from Chris Fougner to outrun Claremonts defence to 4-2. A final valiant charge from Claremont came with 30 seconds left in the game, when Claremont shot a goal that Lambrick’s Turner reached in to pull out but had nevertheless crossed the imaginary goal line for a final score of 4-3.
Lambrick played a hard game with strong offence from Scotney and resilient defence from goalie Turner and defensive player Morgan Varley.
In the other semi final game, single A school St. Andrew’s beat out favourite GNS to qualify for the final Times Colonist Cup play with a score of 2-1.