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City soccer champs crowned

Windsor Plywood downed Boston Pizza 3-1 to win the Williams Lake Men's Soccer League championship Saturday.
Boston Pizza keeper Travis Nystoruk snatches a header away from Windsor Plywood players Sam Matthew and Sean Glanville Saturday during the final of the Williams Lake Men’s Soccer League. Windsor Plywood took the title

Sean Glanville scored twice and Josh Maynard added a single to help lift Windsor Plywood over Boston Pizza, 3-1, in the final of the Williams Lake Men’s Soccer League Saturday at the Esler Sports Complex.

Nick Iachetta potted the lone Boston Pizza goal with just a few minutes remaining.

The match, for the most part, was a back and forth affair until early in the second half when Glanville, after being delivered a perfectly placed ball from his defender, found the twine on Boston Pizza keeper Travis Nystoruk.

Maynard scored what held up as the game winner on a low blast from about 40 yards out just minutes later, before Glanville sealed the deal on a low, short-side goal near the 70-minute mark.

Boston Pizza, however, didn’t go without its chances — drilling a couple of posts in the second half that could have changed the outcome, drastically.

Both teams advanced to Saturday’s final after playing two semifinal contests earlier in the week. Boston Pizza eliminated the Storm, 4-1 and 3-2, to advance, while Windsor Plywood tied United Carpet, 1-1, before winning Thursday, 3-2, to earn a berth in the final.

On the ladies side it was Beamac beating Windsor Plywood, 6-5, and Caribou Ski beating New World, 8-6, to advance to a Thursday-night clash in the final of the Williams Lake Ladies Soccer League. Tuesday’s semifinal between Beamac and Windsor Plywood was tightly contested. Windsor Plywood mounted a comeback late in the second half after falling behind 4-1 early to push the match into overtime and, eventually, a shootout, before falling just short. Tuesday’s other semifinal between No. 1-seeded Caribou Ski and No.4-seeded New World also went down to the wire, where Caribou Ski squeaked out the victory.

In the final Caribou Ski dealt with a short-sided squad and were downed by Beamac for the title.

In the bronze-medal match Thursday Windsor Plywood defeated New World to take third.

Saturday night teams converged at the Overlander Pub for a year-end awards banquet and dinner.

Ladies’ awards were as follows:

• Top forward: Vanessa Hansen

• Top midfielder: Sara Fulton

• Top defender: Angela Vicars

• Top goalie: Reagan Ernst

• Most improved player: Betty Turatus

• Most valuable: Kellie Ann Russell

• Most sportsmanlike: Heather McKenzie

• Fran Fulton award: Ashlee Turatus

• Bob Rogerson award: Andrea Gustafson

• League MVP: Sara Fulton

• Playoff MVP: Haylie Shoults

Men’s awards weren’t available at press time.

Greg Sabatino

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Greg Sabatino graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops with a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 2008.
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