The Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves took home both the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) junior boys and girls titles at the Roscow A.L. Davies Soccer Field yesterday.
The boys team defeated the S.C. McPherson Sharks, 4-1, after scoring two early goals, and have now won back-to-back titles.
The Timberwolves’ junior girls got a late goal and held on to win 1-0 over the Sharks to win their first title.
In action tomorrow in the senior boys championship game, the defending champions C.R. Walker Knights will go up against the Government High School (GHS) Magic.
In the senior girls championship game, the defending champions Knights will play the Timberwolves.
The girls game will start at 3:45 p.m. and the boys immediately afterwards. Both games will be at the Roscow A.L. Davies Soccer Field.
Timberwolves 4, Sharks 1
It was the Timberwolves who came out looking like they wanted the championship more. They scored two quick goals in the first half and added two more in the second half to record an easy 4-1 win for their second straight GSSSA junior boys soccer title. The Timberwolves put on a dominating performance.
Their goal scoring was spread around as Ellie Chery, in the 14th minute, Wilky Mondseir, in the 22nd minute, and Kevinson Felix, in the 42nd minute, all found the back of the net. The other goal was an own goal in the 65th minute as Sharks’ player Lamond Cross mistakenly headed the ball into his own goal.
Cleon Carnegie, head coach for the Timberwolves, said his team did their home-work.
“We tried to play a particular way against this team because we lost against them in the regular season. We wanted to make the middle compact, play the wings, and put the ball over to have our strikers run at them,” Carnegie said.
The one goal from the Sharks came on a penalty-kick as Cross comfortably placed the ball to the right side of the Timberwolves’ net in the 32nd minute of the game.
The Sharks did not get any more easy chances as the Timberwolves kept their intensity at a high level.
Carnegie said they are trying to make the program at Anatol Rodgers as strong as possible.
“It shows that what we are doing is trying to be consistent with what we are doing. My assistant coach and I come out every day and work with them. We have a system in place to make our players execute certain plans and ideas we have. We assess their game, training and also observe opponents, and we play based on how our opponents play.”
Anatol’s Sheltin Edmond was named as the Most Valuable Player (MVP). Carnegie said they will definitely go after a third straight title next year.
Timberwolves 1, Sharks 0
Pandemonium broke out on the Timberwolves’ bench in the 59th minute when Desny St. Fleur headed the ball into the back of the Sharks’ net to give her team a 1-0 lead in the GSSSA junior girls championship yesterday. It was a pleasant ending to her junior school career for the ninth grade student as the Timberwolves held on to win by that same score and capture their first GSSSA junior girls soccer title.
The Sharks had several chances to get on the scoresheet, but the Timberwolves’ goalkeeper made a few saves, denying the Sharks each time they tried to find the back of the net. The other shots by the Sharks were off target.
In the 59th minute, the Timberwolves were able to get into the Sharks’ defensive third, catching them off-guard. St. Fleur saw the opportunity and seized it to give her team the victory.
She said she was very excited that she scored and that they won the championship.
An elated coach Carnegie, also the head coach of the Timberwolves boys, said: “We have been out in the sun, wind and rain since September and I knew based on the work they have put in, they had heart to win it. That is what this game came down to. Some of them were tired and a little injured but their heart was pushing them along.”
He added that most of his girls will return next year as most of them are in grades seven and eight, and they will go after a second straight title.
Winning the MVP Award was St. Fleur. The Sharks were the pennant winners and the favorite to win the title, but couldn’t get anything going against the Timberwolves yesterday.