Laurentians suffer first loss of the season

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Mount Pearl blanks St. Lawrence 1-0, but Big Blue bounces back with big win the next day

Matt Noseworthy (left) of Mount Pearl and Jordan Caines of St. Lawrence jump for the ball during their Challenge Cup game at the Mount Pearl soccer pitch Saturday. Mount Pearl won 1-0. In the photo on page C1, Mount Pearl keeper Luke Olmstead, who posted the shutout, makes a save on a free kick. — Photos by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

The St. Lawrence Labatt Laurentians tasted the sting of defeat for the fist time this season Saturday, but rebounded for a win Sunday to improve their lead atop the standings in Molson Challenge Cup soccer following weekend play.

The Laurentians were beaten 1-0 by host Mount Pearl That Pro Look Molson Saturday only to respond with a 5-0 win over CB Strikers FC Sunday at Topsail Field.

St. Lawrence still leads the league with a 7-1-3 record for 24 points.

“I’m satisfied with our start to the season, considering the amount of injuries we’ve had, players missing because of work commitments to go along with a lack of practice time,” said Laurentians coach Blair Aylward.

Aylward felt the loss to Mount Pearl isn’t that surprising because, “They have vastly improved since the beginning of the season.

“It was a close game, but they converted their chance and we missed our opportunities.”

The Laurentians mentor said the top four teams (St. Lawrence, Holy Cross, Mount Pearl and Feildians) in the league are “as close in quality as I've ever seen and all are capable to win the title.

“It should be very exciting season for the fans.”

Because of the tight competition, Aylward says that in order for his team to “lift the Cup” this season, the players will need to put a greater effort into increasing their fitness and, of course, “stay healthy as possible.”

SATURDAY

Mount Pearl 1, St. Lawrence 0

Yianni Hanbis scored at the 33-minute mark and Luke Olmstead posted the shutout as Mount Pearl That Pro Look Molson blanked St. Lawrence at Smallwood Park in Mount Pearl.

FRIDAY

Feildians 5, CB Strikers FC 0

Kevin Connolly scored twice to pace Feildians Ernst & Young at King George V Park.

Taylor Smith, Blaise Peters and Steven Johnson each scored  once for the Double Blues. David Hickey posted the shutout.

Next Challenge Cup action is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when the Strikers take on Holy Cross at King George V Park.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Big Blue, Molson

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, Smallwood Park

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