Pharmasave held the shoreline for as long as it could.
But the Centra Pipelines waves eventually washed over them.
Jeff Hyatt scored twice as Centra lived up to its regular-season championship hype with a 4-0 shutout of fourth-place Pharmasave in the first match of the two-leg semifinals in the Borderland Soccer League men’s division last Thursday (Aug. 3) at the Struchan Gilson Memorial Soccer Pitch.
The underdogs were steady through much of the first half and kept it a scoreless game until the 36th minute.
Jesse Fuhrer delivered a pinpoint pass to the foot of Hyatt, who rocketed the ball into the right side of the net past goalkeeper Steve Hands for a 1-0 lead.
That seemed to take the steam out of Pharmasave, which found itself in a deeper hole right after halftime.
A lead pass found Max Williams in full flight and the talented sniper outraced a charging Hands to the ball, then snaked his way around the goalkeeper and rolled it into the empty cage in the 47th minute.
With Pharmasave reeling, Centra offered up the lethal blow in the 66th minute.
A three-man push up front by Centra ended with Lucas Koomans in the slot with the ball, which he promptly ripped by Hands to make it 3-0.
Hyatt then deadbolted the door in the 73rd minute.
With DJ Mackintosh the last man back, injured leg and all, Hyatt motored past the helpless defender and in on Hands before beating him to the far right corner.
Tyler Hamm, despite sustaining a leg injury in the second half, stuck it out to go the distance for the shutout victory.
In the other semifinal, second-place CJ Contracting never let Manitou Forest Products get out of the gate in a 3-0 triumph.
Joey Angus and the Metke brothers, Liam and Kevin, each notched a goal in the win, with Cole Kowalski earning the doughnut between the pipes over counterpart and last year’s Muskies teammate, Jacob Albright.
The second leg of both semifinals was played last night (scores unavailable at press time), with the winners decided on aggregate goals after the two games moving on to the championship game tomorrow.