In the midst of an all-day soccer festival Saturday at Sacred Heart High School, the Y.U.F.C. U14 Core Real Estate Fury played host to Unidad 99’s of Regina in a RSA league game at Sacred Heart as well, said coach Chad Grodzinski.
The game started off well for the team when Zach Kostersky was able to score the opening goal and give the Fury the lead.
Unidad managed to tie the game up before half and then scored again in the second to hand Yorkton a 2-1 defeat.
“It was a close game but the Unidad’s did control the play at times and had Yorkton on there heels.
We were forced to play the Unidad’s type of game and we were able to hang in there and get a few chances it just wasn’t enough. We needed to play a little better to take the win from them,” said Grodzinski.
After the festival was over, the Core Real Estate travelled to Regina to continue league play.
The first game was against the RE Inferno of Regina. The Fury did a complete turn around from Saturdays effort and looked like a totally different team. They were able to control the play and passed the ball well amongst each other to gain a 4-1 victory. Goals were scored by Derek Campbell, Henry Thomas, and Nathan Cochrane added two.
“I was very pleased with the teams performance. We did exactly what we needed to win that game. If it wasn’t for some unlucky goal posts the score would have been more that 4-1, he said.”
The last game of the weekend was versus the A.C.F.C. Pumas. This was the third league game of the weekend for the Fury and it definitely showed. The Pumas came on very fast and very strong and gained an early three-goal lead. Yorkton was definitely on their heels for most of the half. Matthew Mandziuk a U12 pick up for the game added one of his own for Yorkton before the end of the first half. The Yorkton goal started to give the team a little bit of momentum as they started to put together some passes and get out of the survival mode they had been playing for a good chunk of the first half. Down by two at half Yorkton was looking for a quick strike to get back into the game but it was the Pumas that pounced first and added two quick goals to take the wind out of the Fury’s sails and then added another 3 goals to make the final 8-1.
“This was a real unfortunate loss. Yorkton looked like a team that had played 3 games this weekend and in fact the had which left them with not enough gas to keep up with A.C.F.C. On another day it may have been a different story but A.C. was definitely a very strong and fast squad. Our legs couldn’t keep up with them as they attacked with 8 players at a time. Also the fact that a good number of the A.C.F.C. team was pushing six feet tall. At the U14 age level it is common to have players of various sizes but they definitely outsized us. Size doesn’t always matter but when two of our players running stride is equal to one of theirs it’s easy to predict who will win the foot race to the ball,” noted Grodzinski.
The Y.U.F.C. U14 Core Real Estate Fury will have some time to regroup as they have some time off before the next league game which will be on June 3 versus U.C.T. Lightning at the Sacred Heart high School field at 1 p.m.