VISL Game Of The Week – Gorge Us-Guys hosting Juan De Fuca – Division 3A

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Matty Cook (GK) watches as the ball sails over the net. Photo by Don Osborne ISN

The game started with JDF looking very nervous and Gorge playing very
aggressively.

Blake Ridley (GK) for the save. Photo by Don Osborne ISN
Blake Ridley (GK) for the save. Photo by Don Osborne ISN

Gorge put a lot of pressure on the JDF midfield, and most of the 1st 45
minutes was in the JDF half.
Gorge deserved their first goal, and JDF was visibly down on themselves.

John Bakoswki (9) fires off a header. Photo by Don Osborne ISN
John Bakoswki (9) fires off a header. Photo by Don Osborne ISN

It was at 20′, John Bakowski gave Gorge a 1-0 lead with the game’s opening
goal. He has been a dominating force throughout the season for the Gorge
team and his hard work paid off.

Jonah Ong'anda jumps for the header. Photo by Don Osborne ISN
Jonah Ong’anda jumps for the header. Photo by Don Osborne ISN

At 30′, Gorge earned a  penalty shot – it was ripped off the crossbar –
score 1-0 still for the Gorge squad in their alternate red jerseys.
JDF did make a change that would affect the game’s outcome as substitute
Kane Johnston came into the game.
JDF seemed to get a little life after that, created a couple small chances,
but the score was still 1-0.

Troy Urlacher hits the ground after colliding with another player. Photo by Don Osborne ISN
Troy Urlacher hits the ground after colliding with another player. Photo by Don Osborne ISN

JDF forward Brent Cameron had free kick and almost tied things up at 43′.  A
great save by Gorge’s Keeper Matty Cook kept the scoreline at 1-0 as the
Halftime whistle went.

Nick McClymont (20) goes for the deflection. Photo by Don Osborne ISN
Nick McClymont (20) goes for the deflection. Photo by Don Osborne ISN

The 2nd Half saw a couple more changes as JDF brought on some U21 permitted
players and Spencer Davis. This also seemed to help the cause for JDF.  As
the half progressed, they were carrying more of the play and generating more
chances. With JDF being on the offensive, the Gorge team seemed to tire as
they were working extra hard defensively.

Sean Park (7) and Jonah Ong'anda(15) scramble for the ball. Photo by Don Osborne ISN
Sean Park (7) and Jonah Ong’anda(15) scramble for the ball. Photo by Don Osborne ISN

At 84′. A JDF freekick from just outside the Gorge 18 yard box was converted
by substitute Spencer Davis.  1-1.
JDF kept pushing, not happy to it back.  This hurt Gorge as they needed a
win whereas JDF just needed a draw to become champions.

Sean Roberts (20) goes for then steal. Photo by Don Osborne ISN
Sean Roberts (20) goes for then steal. Photo by Don Osborne ISN

At 86′, the JDF pressure looked to pay off again as they were awarded
another freekick just outside the Gorge box again.  This goal eluded the
Gorge Keeper and defense and found its way into the back of the net.
JDF led 2-1 late in the game.

Shane Henning (3) has his eye on the ball as players collide. Photo by Don Osborne ISN
Shane Henning (3) has his eye on the ball as players collide. Photo by Don Osborne ISN

The next handful of minutes JDF was able to keep the ball for the most part,
and Gorge were unable to get much going.
Fulltime, JDF was victorious – are the Division 3A champions, will be
promoted to Division 2 next year, and earn a spot in the prestigious BC
Soccer Provincial Cup.

Blake Ridley (GK) goes for the save. Photo by Don Osborne ISN
Blake Ridley (GK) goes for the save. Photo by Don Osborne ISN

Game MVP was forward Brent Cameron of JDF.  He received a 1550’s gift
certificate as well as some promotional product from Heineken & Molsons.
There was no doubt that JDF sub Kane Johnston was instrumental in the JDF
win – and the entire backline of JDF who essentially locked down 2 of the
most dangerous forwards (and offence) in the division.

A good representation of local soccer for the 3rd Division; played with good
sportsmanship!

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