SUMMERSIDE – It didn’t take the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers long to take control of the Boys Premier Division championship game in the Ombrelle Active Start Soccer Fest Summerside United annual under-12 kickoff tournament.
The Rangers struck for three goals before the match was 20 minutes old en route to a 3-0 win over the Central Queens Clippers at Eric Johnston Field on Sunday afternoon. Julien Jones opened the scoring in the 10th minute, and then Patrick Muise and Elias Bitar struck two minutes apart in the 16th and 18th minutes.
“You like it when you can get up a goal or two early,” said Rangers coach Andrew Bartlett. “We had a couple of really nice crosses, bang-bang plays in front of the net and we would have had another but the (Clippers) goalie (Isaac Wolters) made a great save with his right hand that kept it tight.”
Another turning point in the game, Bartlett pointed out, came early in the second half when Central Queens was awarded a penalty kick that went over the bar.
“That could have made it a totally different game in the second half,” added Bartlett.
Isaac McKeigan recorded the shutout.
Lots of goals
Overall, the Rangers outscored their opposition 23-4 in five tournament games. Sherwood-Parkdale opened play with a 3-1 win over Eliot River on Friday, and closed out the round robin with a pair of wins – 3-0 versus the Winsloe/Charlottetown Royals and 10-2 over the Summerside United – on Saturday.
The Rangers topped the Royals 4-1 in one of two semifinal games Sunday morning.
Jones, Bitar, Gabe Trainor and Jonah Bartlett scored for the Rangers, who led 2-0 at halftime. Nigel Morris answered for Charlottetown.
Lucas Buch and Jack Drake scored first-half goals to lift Central Queens past the North Shore Sharks in the other semifinal.
The Sharks scored three unanswered second-half goals to top the Royals 3-1 in the bronze-medal game.
Logan Steele, Josh Lund, with the winner in the 43rd minute, and Tanner Aitkens scored for North Shore. Devon Howatt had the lone goal for Winsloe/Charlottetown.
Zach Hughes of the Sherwood-Parkdale Rangers kicks the ball during Sunday afternoon’s championship game of the Boys Premier Division in the Ombrelle Active Start Soccer Fest Summerside United annual under-12 kickoff tournament.
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