The C.R. Walker Knights have advanced to both the senior boys and girls championship games in the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA). On the senior boys side, they will face the Government High School (GHS) Magic, and on the senior girls side, the Knights will play the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves. All four teams booked their ticket to the finals at the Roscow A.L. Davies Soccer Field yesterday.
On the boys side, the Knights took out the Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins in penalty shootout and the Magic made the Timberwolves disappear, denying them a championship rematch with the Knights from a year ago.
In girls play, the younger players took the Knights to victory over the Mystic Marlins. The Timberwolves easily turned back the C.V. Bethel Stingrays in the other semifinal game.
The finals will be held tomorrow starting at 3:45 p.m. at the Roscow A.L. Davies Soccer Field. The girls will play first, followed by the boys.
The junior division finals will see the S.C. McPherson Sharks take on the Timberwolves in both boys and girls action. Both games will be played at the Roscow A.L. Davies Soccer Field this afternoon beginning at 3:45 p.m.
Knights 1 (2), Mystic Marlins 1 (0)
It was a dramatic finish in this match-up as the Knights, the defending champions, took out the Mystic Marlins in a penalty shootout.
The Knights struck first in regular time when Mikendly Paul found the back of the net in the 14th minute to give his team an early 1-0 advantage.
The Mystic Marlins found the back of the net in the 39th minute from a Peterson St. Jean shot. That tied the game up at a goal apiece.
The game went to extra -time as both teams could not break the deadlock tie in regulation.
In the second period of extra time, the Mystic Marlins’ goalkeeper made a key save on the Knights’ Brandon Adderley’s penalty kick to give his team life.
That was the only chance they got in that session, and the game went to penalty shootout.
Adderley, who is the team captain of the Knights, came in as the goalkeeper in the penalty shootout.
The Mystic Marlins could not find the back of the net with him in goal. He made a couple of saves and the other shots were off-target.
The Knights came through as Obryan Knowles scored first. Christopher Neely closed the door on the Mystic Marlins, taking the Knights to the finals.
Adderley was relieved that his team won and said that they will look to perform better in the finals.
Magic 2, Timberwolves 0
The Magic boys came with one goal in mind, to win and to do it as a team according to Melvin Miller, team head coach. They got a goal each from James Alphonso and Rockey Amichette to take down the Timberwolves, last year’s runners-up, in the senior boys division on Wednesday.
Alphonso scored a controversial first goal in minute number 26 as a visibly irate Oliver Lynch, the Timberwolves’ coach, cited offsides on the Magic’s striker.
Alphonso said he felt good scoring their first goal.
The other goal came from the penalty box spot in minute number 44.
The Timberwolves crumbled in the final minutes of the game as some of their players received red cards.
Miller said: “It’s a long time coming. We have been at this for years and the boys are finally getting there.”
An ecstatic Miller said that his team is going to regroup and correct the mistakes they made against the Timberwolves.
Knights 4, Mystic Marlins 0
The Knights showed complete dominance as they netted four goals and their goalkeeper had a clean sheet. They will be going after their fourth straight senior girls title when the championship game is played tomorrow.
Leading the way for the Knights was Angel Williams with half of her team’s goals. She found the back of the net in the 26th and 32nd minutes of the game.
The other goal scorers were Fredricka Pierre in minute number 20 and Sammina Moss in the 34th minute.
After the game, grade 10 student Williams said it felt great to score the double. She said: “It was the motivation of my team that made me score the goals.”
She is looking forward to the championship game, and the ensuing high school soccer nationals which will feature competition from all of the top teams in the country.
Timberwolves 2, Stingrays 0
It was a dominating performance for the Timberwolves as they found the back of the net twice in the first half and coasted in the second half.
The Timberwolves got a goal from Destiny Adu in the 25th minute of the game, and another one from Hadassah Knowles in the 29th of the game.
The Stingrays had a tough time getting through a strong defensive line of the Timberwolves.
Adu said: “I was looking for that goal for a long time. I feel good making the final and I am hoping to score more than one goal. I really want my team to win.”
The Timberwolves will take on the defending champions Knights in the championship game.