Soccer finals tomorrow

Joey Payeur

The Borderland Soccer League is taking its final kicks of the can for the 2013 season and the drama is building to what should be a thundering crescendo.
The men’s division final is set, as the top two clubs on the circuit all season will clash to decide the champion.
International Travel Services, who finished first in the regular season with a 13-2-1 record, will try and hold off the challenge of second-place Senior Pharmasave (12-4) in tomorrow night’s duel at the Struchan Gilson pitches at 6:30 p.m.
ITS vanquished the upstart La Place Rendez-Vous Voyageurs U-18 squad 6-1 in their semifinal meeting on Monday.
The favourites took control of the game early and never let up the pressure against the Voyageurs, who nipped Pharmasave 1-0 in the 4 vs. 5 playoff game last Thursday on a late goal by Matthew Berube for only their second triumph of the season.
Ian Friesen, Daniel Cunningham, Cameron Gobeil, Marouane Cheblaoui, Gavin Moorhouse and Garnet Cornell supplied the goals for ITS, while Tyler Ruppenstein had the lone response for La Place Rendez-Vous.
The other men’s semifinal was a true nailbiter, with Allan Albao of second-place Senior Pharmasave and league scoring champion Ahamadou Idrissou (18 goals) trading goals to make it 1-1 at the end of regulation.
The draw meant penalty kicks were in order, with Senior Pharmasave coming away with a 4-1 edge in the shootout to punch its ticket to the final.
Mike Webb, Simeon Nussbaumer and Steve Hands nailed three kicks in a row for Senior Pharmasave to counter Chris Faragher’s marker for Manitou, which had two of its shooters stopped cold by Senior Pharmasave goalkeeper Tristan Hutton.
In a fitting conclusion, Albao stepped to the penalty spot with a chance to end the contest and ripped a drive past Manitou goalkeeper Jameson Shortreed to complete a perfect 4-for-4 effort by Senior Pharmasave in the shootout.
Manitou and La Place Rendez-Vous will regroup and challenge each other in the bronze-medal game tonight at 6:30 p.m.
In women’s division action, La Place Rendez-Vous Voyageurs U-18 bombed Boston Pizza 5-1 in the regular-season finale for both clubs, which also served to decide top spot in the league between the two.
Nicole Avis was on fire for the Voyageurs (13-2-1), scoring twice in the first half and then adding another in the second for the hat trick to giver her 11 goals for the year—good for third in the league.
The league’s runner-up in that category, Jess Caul, added the other two goals for La Place Rendez-Vous to give her 18 for the season to trail only Boston Pizza’s Laureen Peters (30).
Allison Brown had the only goal of the night for Boston Pizza (12-3-1).
The outcome meant the Voyageurs drew fourth-place Al’s Racquet Stringing (1-14-1) in last night’s semifinal round, with Boston Pizza getting third-place Taggs Source For Sports (4-11-1).
Both games were not completed as of press time yesterday.
The winners advance to tomorrow night’s gold-medal game, while the losers will play for bronze tonight, with both games starting at 6:30 p.m.