Magic, Timberwolves are GSSSA soccer champions
There are new senior soccer champions in the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) after the Government High School (GHS) Magic and the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves claimed the boys and girls titles at the Roscow A.L. Davies Soccer Field on Friday afternoon.
The Magic senior boys turned back the defending champions the C.R. Walker Knights, 3-2, to win that title, and the Timberwolves girls upset the defending champions the Knights in that division, winning 2-1.
All four of the pennant winners, in the four divisions of the GSSSA, were unsuccessful in their bid to win their respective titles.
Magic 3, Knights 2
The Magic brought out the junkanoo music and the fans as they dethroned the Knights. They cast a spell and ended the defending champions Knights’ unbeaten season.
After the Magic took down the Timberwolves in then playoff game last Wednesday, they were up against a very tough Knights team in the final.
The defending champions scored first as Brandon Adderley found his way on the scoresheet two minutes into the game.
The Magic bounced right back as they tied the game in the next minute on a shot by Tony Wilson, their captain.
“Scoring the first goal for my team felt awesome. I want to thank my teammates for supporting me. I want to thank coach too because if it wasn’t for him, we would not have come this far,” Wilson said.
The Magic found the back of the net twice more in the second half thanks to goals from Devonte Ledgister (21st minute) and Valentino Simon (24th minute). Simon was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Magic Head Coach Melvin Miller said he had a game plan for both attacking and defending.
“We had two game plans – one on attacking and one on defense. The boys executed well, they deviated from the plan a little bit, but we stuck together. We were disciplined, unified and we came out victorious,” Miller said.
After the Magic took a 3-1 lead, Adderley brought his team with within one goal as he scored in the 45th minute.
The Knights tried their best to get a third goal but were unsuccessful and time eventually expired.
The Magic now have bragging rights for the rest of the year.
“C.R Walker is a good team, they played us real hard and hats off to them. They pushed us beyond how we normally play. It was a nice game and my boys stepped up to the plate because of the quality team that C.R Walker has,” Miller said.
Miller, who is looking forward to Bahamas National High School Soccer Championships later this month, said that Government High is back.
The Knights will also be representing the GSSSA in the high school soccer nationals.
Timberwolves 2, Knights 1
The Timberwolves controlled the game defensively and managed to find the back of the net twice, winning 2-1 over the Knights to be crowned GSSSA senior girls champions.
This was the third GSSSA soccer title for the Timberwolves this season, as they won in both the junior boys and girls divisions as well.
The Timberwolves scored the first two goals of the match, one from Destiny Adu in the 26th minute and the other from Amir Thompson in the 60th minute.
It was a great display of goalkeeping from the Timberwolves’ Ashante Strachan. She made a key save on a Knights’ penalty-kick, held the Knights to just one goal, and was named the MVP.
“I felt good making that save. It was my first time making a penalty-kick save,” Strachan said. “I did not know I was going to win the MVP but I know how much winning meant to my team. I played my best for them and we did it.”
The Knights’ Sammina Moss managed to score a late goal to get them on the scoreboard.
Oliver Lynch, head coach of the Timberwolves, said: “We came out defensively strong – the plan was to defend and counter-attack. We did well on the counter-attack, and after the first goal we returned to a defensive mode.”
With three GSSSA soccer championships for the school this year, Lynch said there will be a big celebration.
“We were hoping for a fourth championship but unfortunately, it did not happen. We will celebrate the three that we got,” he said.
The Timberwolves and Knights girls are headed to the high school soccer nationals later this month.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism