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The Flames boys of Bonivital accomplished something seldom seen at the Manitoba Provincial Soccer Championships on August 24 when all three titles were won by the U14, U16 and U18 teams.
Starting with the opening game at the Waverley Soccer Complex, the U16 boys coached by Raff Cantafio and Malcolm Mitchell defeated Winnipeg South End United 1-0. Striker Rowan Lockhart’s early goal held up over 90 minutes with Evan Barker and Alic Rasmussen sharing the clean sheet for the Flames. Lockhart was named Man of the Match. Flames last won the U16 Boys Cup in 2006. The U16 team will compete for the National Club Championship in Kamloops this October.
Game two featured Coach Tony Lourenco’s U14 boys. Playing in their first Cup final these talented youngsters needed double overtime to step by Portage Trail. Sean Addison had given the Flames a first half lead but Portage Trail’s Lahai Amara tied the match before the end of the half. The second half was scoreless but in overtime. Flames Imani Bujiriri sealed the match with a beautiful goal to send his team to Lethbridge to compete for the U14 National Club title. Bujiriri was named Man of the Match.
Game three went even one step further on the excitement scale with Bonivital’s U18 squad taking Portage Trail to an eight man shootout before clinching the club’s first U18 Cup since 2008.
Portage Trail started the game off with a bang on a goal by Abdoul Madaraka. With Portage Trail leading 1-0 early in the second half Madaraka took his second yellow card providing a huge momentum shift in the game. Soon after the Portage Trail boys had gone down to 10 men, Bonivital’s midfielder Elliott Peddle cracked a ball from well out to the bottom corner to tie the game. Minutes later Peddle scored again on a picture perfect header from a corner kick to take the lead. It looked as though Bonivital would walk away with the victory but in the 89th minute Portage Trail’s Emilio Vergara took the game on his back and scored the equalizer with a brilliant effort. The extra time produced no result and the game was forced to a shootout. With Portage Trail in position to win the game on two different occasions Bonivital keeper Sacha Liley came up with incredible saves to keep his team alive. When Portage Trail’s eighth shooter missed the net the Championship was Bonivital’s. Liley was named Man of the Match.
Congratulations to coaches Jorge Cabral and Dave Knock who will lead their boys to Mount Pearle, Newfoundland in October to the U18 Club Nationals.