Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Muskie boys heavy favourites

Anyone betting against the Muskie boys’ soccer team bringing home a fourth-straight NorWOSSA crown likely has money to burn.
It looks as though anything short of a titanic upset won’t be enough to bring down the high-flying Muskies, who put a pair of exclamation points on an unbeaten regular season Friday in Kenora.

Fort High put the boots to the Dryden Eagles 5-0, then blanked the host Broncos 4-0 to enter the playoffs with a flawless 6-0 record and first place.
That also meant a bye to this afternoon’s NorWOSSA final in Kenora, which will give the black-and-gold a huge rest advantage over the survivor of the Dryden-Kenora semi-final earlier in the day.
“We were missing eight guys, including three starters, but our guys showed the depth of our squad on Friday by playing what was probably our best two games of the year,” lauded Muskie head coach Shane Beckett.
“Our approach going in was to win both games,” added Beckett, whose squad already had clinched first place with a 5-1 win against Kenora and a 4-0 victory over the Eagles in Dryden last Wednesday (May 21).
“We knew we were going to be short-handed, especially in that heat,” Beckett noted. “[But] the boys responded so well.
“They played loud and fast like we have been preaching.
“Their combination plays with a third man run and our high pressure in our attacking third is really starting to come together,” he remarked.
Tyler Ruppenstein had a nose for the net Friday, scoring twice in both games to lead the Muskies, extending his goal-scoring streak to five-straight games.
Max Williams also had two goals against Dryden while Chase McGuire netted the other one.
Against Kenora, Jarred Taylor and Braden Webb each chipped in with a goal.
Ben Whitburn earned the shutout against Dryden while Cole Tymkin matched that feat against Kenora.
Beckett confirmed it will be the veteran Whitburn getting the starting assignment in today’s final.
Two days earlier in Dryden, Ruppenstein was on target against the Broncos with another marker.
Isaac Firth, Christian Audette, Taylor, and Webb got the other goals.
Ruppenstein, Webb, Ian Jodoin, and Williams scored against Dryden.
“We rolled the entire bench in both games and did not miss a beat,” recalled Beckett.
The NorWOSSA champion will advance to the OFSAA ‘AA’ provincial showdown June 5-7 in Leamington.

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