Muskie boys capture ‘B’-side title in Kenora

Lucas Punkari

After splitting a pair of NorWOSSA games in Kenora last Wednesday, the Muskie boys’ soccer squad made the trek back up Highway 71 on the weekend to take part in the Beaver Brae Invitational tournament.
The return trip to Kenora ended up being a far more rewarding experience for the black-and-gold as they captured the ‘B’-side title with a convincing 3-0 victory over Crocus Plains (Brandon, Man.) on Sunday.
“The boys played very well all weekend,” Muskie head coach Shane Beckett enthused.
“They’re taking everything that we have been talking about in practice and they were able to apply that into the games over the weekend,” he noted.
“We’ve been working on moving the ball a little quicker, making quicker decisions, and having better angles on top of the wings, which is exactly what we did in that last game.”
Anniss Seid had a pair of goals against Crocus Plains while Colton Spicer netted the other one on a play Beckett called one of the best sequences he has ever seen in high school soccer.
“Anniss was able to out-jump the defender by about a full head off a goal kick to get things started,” he recalled.
“From there, he flicked it on to Jameson [Shortreed], who one-touched the ball over to a streaking Colton, who then shot it off of the far goalpost and into the net.”
Both Seid and Spicer led the way for the black-and-gold on offence during the weekend, with Seid also having a two-goal performance against Dryden in a 2-0 triumph in the ‘B’-side semi-final earlier Sunday.
Spicer, meanwhile, notched the lone goal in the Muskies’ 1-0 win over Miles Mac (Winnipeg) in their opening round-robin game Saturday.
“Anniss and Colton would be the first guys to tell you that if you’re not getting the ball serviced to you, you’re not going to be able to score goals,” Beckett reasoned.
“The chances on goal are coming from all over the place, with the midfield players really contributing offensively, especially on the outside as they are creating a lot of havoc and space inside,” he added.
The lone setback for the Muskies came in their second round-robin contest Saturday when they fell 2-1 in extra time to St. Thomas Aquinas (Kenora).
“It was a tricky situation on the [‘golden’] goal that they scored,” Beckett said.
“You often see in soccer sometimes that a team will miss the cross and still be able to score a goal, and that’s basically what happened there.
“[Keeper] Scott [Parsons] was in a good spot for the cross but not for the shot, and the ball ended up going off the post, off of him, and into the back of the net,” Beckett noted.
“Scott had no idea the ball was coming off of the post like that, so it was a very unlucky goal to give up” he reasoned.
The ‘B’ title came a few days after the Muskies had mixed results in NorWOSSA play last Wednesday, falling to 2-0 to host Kenora after having throttled Dryden 4-0 earlier in the day.
With those results still in the back of their minds, the black-and-gold were looking to bounce back today in Dryden in their final two games of the regular season before preparing for the NorWOSSA playoffs next Wednesday (May 25) in Kenora.
“It’s very unfortunate that we didn’t get a better result against Kenora last week as it’s not really tight in the standings,” said Beckett, whose team carried a 2-1-1 league record into today’s action.
“We want to win out, but we know that will be hard to do,” he remarked.
“So we’ll just need to make sure that we ride the momentum from this weekend and not take anyone lightly,” he stressed.