Points Across the Board for all Wolves’ Packs
Wolves MR4 vs. Ottawa Internationals
By: Tony Zito, Team Manager
The weather didn’t look promising. There was thunder and lots of rain, we thought, if we played, this was going to be a messy affair. It turned out to be a wonderful first evening of summer for a soccer game.As one of our players reminded us, we’re not made of sugar, and even if it rained, we won’t melt!
We thank our players for their dedication.
Our team’s performance was one of the finest I’ve seen this group play together, so far this season. Our ball movement was purposeful and intentional, no lucky passes here. We pressured our opponents often, and it led to 2 goals. We were anticipating their through balls really well. We dispossessed their players when they had the ball, and our tenacity was inspiring.
After we had an early scoring opportunity, the Internationals came back strong and it seemed the ball was in our end for quite a while. I often hear Premier League announcers use the term, ‘stuck in the mud’, we were just that and we couldn’t generate any fluidity to our play. Our perseverance and determination though, did reap benefits, and after we went up 2-0, we took away all their confidence.
Well done Boyz!
One of the cleanest teams and games we’ve played, so far this season, a Manager’s dream!
Wolves 4 Internationals 0
Shutout: Michael Maguire
Our ‘MEN of the MATCH’
We could have included just about every player on our team tonight, everyone contributed in their own way. Jameson, Jeff, and Kevin seemed to be involved in almost every facet of the game and get the extra shout outs.
Wolves Winning Streak Continues
Wolves OT2 Match Report for Game 5
By: Mark Burger, Team Coach
The Wolves kept their winning streak alive, with their 4th win in a row on a hot and muggy evening at Valleyfield. Despite the 4-1 score line, this was not an easy contest as the Nepean Hotspurs had a very solid squad, led by their youthful midfield. The match was evenly contested early, but the Wolves were getting the better of the chances, with first Mark Burger, then Derek Koch testing their keeper, who faced the bright sun in his eyes. It was our own, Liam Smithies however, who put the Wolves on the board with a tidy finish into the corner from a through ball. This gave the Wolves the half-time lead.
Expecting a strong push in the second half, the Wolves went on the offensive. After winning a free kick from 40 yards out, Kevin Beyer curled in a deep cross, which Liam knocked back into the 6 yard box for an onrushing Mark to head home, just inches before the keeper got there. A few minutes later, Mark returned the favor, with a chip pass into 18 yard box, destined for Liam, which Derek touched on perfectly with his shoulder, this allowed Liam to tuck the ball neatly into the corner once again. The Wolves then gave up a questionable free kick, which was expertly struck into the top left corner, which was out of the reach of our keeper, Chris ‘Stoner’ Stone. Shortly after the 2nd half water break, Timon Gareau bullied his way into the 18 yard box, wisely opted not to pass to his offside teammates, and overpowered the Hotspurs’ keeper with his shot. This clinched the 4-1 victory, which was in no small way earned by exceptional work of the central midfield trio of Eamon Kavanagh, Shezi Aziz, and Timon.
There were many candidates worthy of being named the WOLVES OT2 ‘Man of the Match’, this week it was awarded to Mark Burger for his efforts.
Not to be outdone by Mark’s accolades, please pass the mustard…Chris Stone hosted a delicious deli bar, post-match celebration. Very nice!
Depleted Roster But WOLVES OT3 Still Manage Points
By: John Bergeron, Team Manager
With its first game in over two weeks, the injury-depleted Wolves OT3 hosted the Ottawa Falcons on a beautiful Sunday evening for soccer.
Early on, possession was much in the Wolves’ favour, but it was the Falcons who struck first, on a back-post header from a cross coming from the right wing. That lead would hold to the half time whistle.
Despite sustaining a painful injury in his last match, Marty Habicht, who had sat out the first half and wasn’t expected to play, whipped on his uniform, a la Clark Kent, turning into Superman and like a Superhero, joined the lads for the second half.
Upon the restart, the Wolves pressured the Falcons, repeatedly buzzing around their 18-yard box before finally breaking through as Wolves Elliott Faller’s shot looped over the Falcons keeper, and into the net, to tie this match.
Unsatisfied with ending this in a draw, the Wolves kept pushing and in the final moments, a counter-attack by the Falcons was thwarted by a last moment slide tackle by Habicht, on what most surely would have been the decisive goal for our opponents.
The final from Ben Franklin Park:
Wolves 1-1 Falcons.
WOLVES OT3 ‘Man of the Match’:
Wolves OT4 did not play this week
Resilient Wolves OT5 Capture 3rd Win of the Season Against 1st Place C.P. Rangers
By: Frank Maiorino, Team Manager
A rare Sunday night fixture saw a skillful and buoyant Wolves OT5 team beat a physical Carleton Place OT5 team at Ben Franklin Park.
Wolves OT5 opened the game quickly when OT4 call up and OT5 alumni, Adakole Kennedy controlled the ball at the top of the box and drilled a beautifully placed shot into the top left corner of the net, leaving the Carleton Place keeper and their team stunned. The Wolves quickly followed that up with a beautiful passing play up the middle of the field to Kevin Moorhouse who calmly drove the ball home giving the home team a 2-0 lead before the 10-minute mark, leaving the Rangers somewhat shell shocked.
The Rangers realized they were in for difficult match and started to pick up their tempo of play and physicality trying to intimidate the more skillful Wolves side. The Ranger pressure resulted in a break into the box and a 1 on 1 race for the ball in the box against Wolves keeper Dorian Proulx. Both players came together battling for the ball which resulted in the Carleton Place player earning a penalty kick, which was quickly converted by their top forward Cory Van der Meer. The half ended 2-1 for the Wolves.
The physical play against the Wolves continued in the second half with the Rangers center fullback getting sent off for his second yellow card infraction leaving the Carleton Place with 10 players. The Rangers continued to put up a good fight despite being one man short. The Wolves broke through once again when Ada again took a beautiful long ball on a breakaway, make a quick move around an opposition player and tucked the Wolves 3rd goal, into their net.
The physical play continued nevertheless, the Wolves maintained their composure and deservedly won the game. Our ‘Man of the Match’ was Kevin Moorhouse, earning his praise for providing us with great upfront presence, chasing balls, almost scoring on a beauty header that was highlight-reel worthy!
Wolves 3 C.P. 1
WOLVES OT5 ‘Man of the Match‘:
Special thanks to OT4 call-ups Andre Nadeau, Mitsuo Yamada, and Adakole Kennedy for helping us out. And playing his first game in a Wolves uniform was newly-signed, Shaun Deeves. Welcome to the Pack Shaun!
It was a good week for our Club, all our teams posted some well-earned points. Two of them currently sit in 1st place, one in 2nd in their respective divisions.