Hopeful signs, but Strikers lose again

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C.B.S. team falls to 0-20

Feildians’ Benjamin Collingwood (centre) gets a face full of elbow from Strikers FC’s Brett Nwokeford (left) as they challenge for the ball with another Strikers player during Molson Challenge Cup soccer action at King George V Park in St. John’s on Wednesday evening. Feildians won 1-0. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Aaron Buckingham’s goal 10 minutes into the second half was all Feildians/Ernst & Young needed to get past  Strikers FC in Molson Challenge Cup senior men’s soccer action Wednesday evening.

Double Blues’ goalkeeper David Hickey collected the shutout at King George V Park in St. John’s.

While the loss was the Strikers’ 20th of the season, the team has been showing some signs of improvement on the pitch.

This past Sunday, for instance, marked the first time this season the team scored more than one goal when it recorded a pair in a 5-2 loss to league-leading Holy Cross. That came on the heels of another 1-0 loss to Feildians July 17.

Prior to those games, the Strikers had lost back-to-back games by scores of 7-0 and 6-1.

Challenge Cup play resumes Saturday at Centennial Field in St. Lawrence where the second-place Laurentians face third-place Mount Pearl at 3 p.m.

Sunday at 1 p.m., the Strikers are back in action against Canada Games side at Topsail Field. Back at KGV, Cross takes on Feildians at 3 p.m.

Standings

Team    GP    W    L    T    Pts

Holy Cross    19    13    2    4    43

St. Lawrence    20    10    3    7    37

Mount Pearl    18    10    5    3    33

Feildians    19    7    6    6    27

Strikers FC    20    0    20    0    0

Scoring leaders

Name    Team    G

Tyler Forsey    Holy Cross    23

Steve Delong    Holy Cross    13

Sean Drew    St. Lawrence    12

Jake Warren    Holy Cross    9

Stefan Slaney    St. Lawrence    7

Paul Slaney    St. Lawrence    6

Justin Pickford    Mount Pearl    6

Jeremy Babstock    Holy Cross    6

Jon Hawco    Holy Cross    6

Kevin Connelly    Feildians    5

Scott Woodfine    Holy Cross    5

Aaron Buckingham    Feildians    5

Organizations: Molson

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, King George V Park

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