BELVEDERE - All scheduled games were played as teams managed to field enough players at the SMSEF Interscholastic Soccer Tournament on Saturday at the Johan Cruijff Court in Belvedere. This was, however, no easy feat on Saturday, March 21, due to the traffic congestion in the area.
The traffic congestion was caused by the bicycle races that passed the area throughout the morning hours. Some parents and coaches reported to be stuck in traffic for over an hour. An alert went out from the SMSEF on Friday, March 20, via e-mail and Facebook, when they were made aware of the potential transportation problems for the teams.
All teams were advised to leave on time and anticipate temporary road closures along the way. Even though teams still had to deal with the traffic congestion, they did manage to field a team to play according to schedule. Some players, however, had to join their team after the start of their game. It was a great day of soccer with a lot of close scores and comeback stories.
Game 1: Category 9+U
Combine Silly Shooters vs Sr. Regina New Stars: result 7 – 0 (at halftime 1 - 0)
Top scorer Combine Silly Shooters: Xabel Dias with 5 goals. Quincy Busby was a useful player, he scored once and assisted three times. Sr. Regina New Stars put up a lot of resistance in the first half. In the second half Combine Silly Shooters stepped it up to ensure the victory.
Game 2: Category 9+U
Learning Unlimited vs Leonald Connor: result 6 – 2 (at halftime 2 - 2)
Top scorer Learning Unlimited: Sharky Nowek with 3 goals and 1 assist.
Goal scorers Leonald Connor: Omario Jones and Anthony Gumbs both with one goal.
The first goal for Learning Unlimited was an own goal by Leonald Connor. The teams were tied at halftime. The second half made the difference.
Game 3: Category 9+U
Sr. Regina Masters vs Sr. Magda Energetics: result 2 – 4 (at halftime 1 - 1)
Goal scorer Sr. Regina Masters: Alexander Mulder with 2 goals.
Goal scorer Sr. Magda Energetics: Safin Basir with 4 goals. He was assisted for the first goal by Ishmael Abrams.
It was not until the second half that Sr. Magda Energetics started to dominate the game, which was partly due to the late arrival of key players.
Game 4: Category 9+U
Sr. Magda Athletics vs Charles Leopold Bell: result 6 – 4 (at halftime 3 - 1)
Top scorers Sr. Magda Athletics: Amani Vanterpool and Gianni Fer both with 3 goals and 1 assist.
Top scorer Charles Leopold Bell: Bernardo Nisbeth-Lopez with 3 goals and 1 assist.
Charles Leopold Bell started strong in the second half trying to close the gap of the first half. Charles Leopold Bell managed to come close. Sr. Magda Athletics, however, recognized the danger and regrouped. Sr. Magda Athletics scored some additional goals to secure the lead.
Game 5: Category 11+U
Leonald Connor vs Sr. Magda FC: result 3 – 4 (at halftime 1 - 1)
Top scorer Sr. Magda FC: Jamir Cuvalay with 4 goals (the last one was a penalty kick).
Goal scorers Leonald Connor: Tyrese Whyte with 2 goals and Drae Murray with 1 goal.
It was a hard and passionate game from both sides. After the first half the teams were tied and the end result could go in favor of either team throughout the second half. Just before the end of the game a penalty kick was awarded to Sr. Magda with a tied score of 3 – 3, which tipped the scales. Leonald Connor was unable to come back to tie the game after that.
Game 6: Category 11+U
Sr. Regina Goal Getters vs Learning Unlimited Goal Machines: result 3 – 4 (at halftime 1 - 2)
Goal scorers Learning Unlimited Goal Machines: Noah Ledee with 2 goals and Jan Lucas van der Plas and Oliver Hobgood both 1 goal each.
Goal scorers Sr. Regina Goal Getters: Reshawn Eustase with 2 goals and Richard Day Day with 1 goal and 1 assist.
Both teams were undefeated until today. It was a close game throughout. Learning Unlimited Goal Machines remains as the only undefeated team in the 11+Under category.
Game 7: Category 11+U
Sr. Regina United vs Dr. Martin Luther King: result 5 – 3 (at halftime 3 - 2)
Top scorer Sr. Regina United: Tomas Bouman with 3 goals.
Top scorer Dr. Martin Luther King: Malachi Serrant with 3 goals.
It was a hard fought game between two teams who gave it all looking to win a deserved game as a reward. Today it was Sr. Regina United that claimed the fruits of their perseverance by not giving up.
Game 8: Category 13+U
Leonald Connor vs SXM Schools United: result 4 – 0 (at halftime 1 - 0)
Goal scorers Leonald Connor: Isael Medina-Bran with 2 goals; Durvane Solomon and Gamy Charles with 1 goal and 1 assist each.
Contrary to the end result, it was a tight and exciting game for the spectators to watch.
Game 9: Category 13+U
Ruby Labega vs Charles Leopold Bell: result 4 – 3 (at halftime 4 - 1)
Top scorer Ruby Labega: Ricardo Somers with 4 goals.
Goal scorers Charles Leopold Bell: Abijah Adamson with 2 goals and 1 assist and Trace Fisher with 1 goal. Paul Attyl was a useful player with 2 assists.
The game appeared to be played at halftime, however Charles Leopold Bell was inspired by Coach McKenzie to try to change things around in the second half. And to the delight of the spectators they almost succeeded! A great game from both sides.
Game 10: Category 13+U
Genevieve de Weever vs Dr. Martin Luther King: result 7 – 5 (at halftime 5 - 1)
Top scorers Genevieve de Weever: Jamard Fleming with 3 goals and 1 assist and Ranjer Tejaolas with 2 goals and 1 assist.
Goal scorers Dr. Martin Luther King: D’Angelo Thompson with 3 goals and Kuzari Simmons with 1 goal.
A great comeback story by Dr. Martin Luther King in the second half, however Genevieve de Weever ensured to keep a minor gap in its favor.
Game 11: Category 13+U
Sr. Magda United Stars vs Oranje Combine: result 17 - 0 (at halftime 12 - 0)
Top scorers Sr. Magda United Stars: Jeremy Hooi with 7 goals and Jolian Peterson with 6 goals and 3 assists. Paul Speetjens was a useful player with 2 goals and 4 assists, as well as being the goal keeper in the second half.
Sr. Magda United Stars did not take it easy on newcomer Oranje Combine. With the eye on the price there was no place for mercy. Even though the score does not tell the tale, the Oranje Combine players made big improvements in their game especially by its goal keeper.
Games will continue on Saturday, March 28, 2015.