Soccer finals slated tonight

Forget the 75-plus regular-season games now in the books, last week’s semi-final action, or any tournament and exhibition contests earlier this summer.
Tonight, the Borderland Soccer Association’s best are playing for all the marbles.
The champions of both the men’s and women’s divisions will be crowned tonight at St. Francis Sportsfields (that is, if Mother Nature co-operates). And if past results are any indication, both games easily could go either way.
On the men’s side, top-ranked Subway will entertain high-powered Taggs, who boasted the league’s most potent offence during the regular season, notching 41 in only 17 contests.
Not to be outdone, Subway’s defence has proven equally impressive, allowing a stingy 18 goals during their 17-game slate.
Subway and Taggs met five times during the regular season, with Subway winning three of those games. The two squads last faced off July 21, when Taggs notched a 3-0 victory.
Subway advanced to the final with a 4-1 win over Emo last Tuesday while Taggs knocked off defending champion Gillons’ 3-2 on Thursday evening.
In the women’s division, Taggs will be trying to defend its 2004 crown against Curves, the number-one seed this season.
Taggs dumped Gillons’ 6-2 last week to earn the other berth in the final.
Curves and Taggs are no strangers on the pitch, having met seven times during the regular season. Curves took the season series 4-3.
Many of those contests were high-scoring affairs, with Taggs winning a 7-6 shoot-out back on June 28. Then on July 6, Curves scored 11 times (the most goals scored in one game by any team—men’s or women’s—this past eason), in an 11-3 drubbing.
Both finals get underway at 6:30 p.m.
Prior to the action, all four teams will observe a moment of silence in honour of Struchan Gilson, credited by many as a pioneer of soccer in Rainy River District, who passed away suddenly here last Thursday.
“Had it not been for Struchan, there probably wouldn’t be much soccer in this town,” association president Shane Beckett said last week.
“He’s the guy who started the [men’s] league and he coached the women who started the women’s league, so he kind of inspired them.”
Gilson, who played and refereed in the Borderland Soccer Association, also was heavily involved in getting the local youth league off the ground, Beckett added.
Each player in action tonight also will sport a gold armband in Gilson’s honour.

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