The Boys Varsity Soccer team topped a tough Churchill opponent 2-1 on Wednesday evening, in a hard-fought victory that was earned by intelligent defense, tightly controlled passing, and an unceasing application of pressure on the opponent’s middle and defensive lines. The Blazers came on strong from the opening whistle, forcing Churchill to commit numerous errors and setting up many (unfinished) scoring opportunities in the first 15 minutes. Churchill settled down and began creating their own opportunities at the Blair end, but they were unable to capitalize on 3 corner kicks and 3 free kicks taken within 27 yards out. Blair goalkeeper Liam Delone-Bellsey made a particularly daring save in the 18th minute to prevent conversion of a well-placed corner kick. The score remained at 0-0 until the 34th minute, when Natinael Getachew’s cross from the left side found Nate Tesfaw at the top of the box. Tesfaw carried it into the box, where he was pushed down from behind by a Churchill defender. The referee awarded a penalty kick, which Silas Reitsma buried to open the scoring at 1-0. Blair’s 2nd goal came at the 18th minute of the 2nd half, when David DeMocker won a loose ball at the mid line and poked to it forward to Henok Azene. Azene carried for 15 yards, then threaded a seeing-eye ball through the Churchill defensive line to Nate Tesfaw in the box. Churchill turned away the first shot, but Tesfaw gathered the rebound and made the second shot count, for what was to be the winning goal of the game. Churchill scored their only goal just 9 minutes later, setting up a frenzied effort to draw level. But despite very hard and fast play, the Blazers were able to hold off the opponent’s offensive efforts for the final 13 minutes and extend their current undefeated streak to five games.
The Blazers have ended their regular season schedule on a high note, posting a 8-3-1 record (2-1-1 Conference). Keep checking here for information on the playoff schedule and locations.
Video Highlights at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-dNrr9fixo