Voyageurs, ITS notch wins
Ian Jodoin did his best Clint Dempsey impression—and the La Place Rendez-Vous Voyageurs U18 squad never looked back.
Jodoin scored twice to pace the Voyageurs to a 4-2 victory over previously-unbeaten Manitou Forest Products in Borderland Soccer League men’s division action last night.
The Muskie corner kick specialist had plenty of space as Manitou (3-1) began the game with only eight players compared to a full 11-man side fielded by the Voyageurs (1-1).
Manitou played short-handed the entire game—only reaching 10 players when James Pavier suited up five minutes into the contest and Ahamadou Idrissou, last year’s league leader in goals, arrived eight minutes into the second half.
The Voyageurs doubled their lead when Christian Audette laced a shot from the right-wing past diving Manitou keeper Chris Sinclair in the 25th minute, with Jordy Botsford taking over for Sinclair in goal two minutes later.
Manitou finally made some noise in the opening minute of the second half when Anniss Seid blistered a shot past Vous keeper Gavin Richardson to cut the lead to 2-1.
Then with Idrissou coming on the scene, the momentum seemed to be going all Manitou’s way until Adam Stromberg and Tyler Ruppenstein executed a give-and-go to perfection in the 55th minute.
Stromberg finished the play with a hard, low shot from 10 yards out to put the Voyageurs back up by two.
Jodoin connected again in the 75th minute after taking a Connor Bujold pass just outside of the 18-yard box and ripping a shot top shelf past Sheldon Demers, who had taken over for Botsford midway through the second half.
Seid busted loose two minutes later to chip a shot over a charging Richardson for his second of the night.
But Manitou could draw no closer in its second game in two nights after blanking Senior Pharmasave (0-2) 5-0 on Tuesday.
In last night’s other game, Kevin Metke’s one-man show wasn’t enough for Pharmasave (1-2), who fell 4-3 to ITS (2-0).
Metke supplied all the Pharmasave offence with a hat trick but scoring depth won the day for ITS as Lucas Koomans, Cam Gobeil, Aaron Kavanaugh, and Ben McBride each tallied.
Men’s action tonight will see ITS face Senior Pharmasave at 7 p.m.
In women’s action from Tuesday, the Voyageurs U18 squad filled the net the way Santa stuffs Christmas stockings, torching Al’s Racquet Stringing 9-2.
Hailey Beaudry and Amy Penner each tallied for the Vous (2-0) while Nicole Avis, Sierra Cousineau, Katie Sinclair, Angel McCormack, and Erin Gustafson added singles.
Laureen Peters and Carla Penner replied for Al’s (0-3).
In women’s play tonight, Taggs (1-0) will look to keep pace with the Voyageurs by taking on Al’s at 7 p.m.