Double Blues hope prolific scorer will help end 44-year Challenge Cup title drought
Talk about a missing link.
Scoring sensation Tyler Forsey may be that elusive missing piece of the puzzle Feildians Ernst & Young senior men‚Äôs soccer team has needed to get them over the hump for a Molson Challenge Cup provincial soccer championship
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After scoring a league record 31 goals for Holy Cross last season in Challenge Cup senior men's soccer, Tyler Forsey is taking his golden boot to the Feildians for the upcoming season.
Double Blues player-coach John Acreman won‚Äôt go that far as he knows there‚Äôs no guarantees in sports, but there‚Äôs no doubt the addition of the league‚Äôs top scorer will make Feildians a tougher team to compete against.
‚ÄúHe could be that piece,‚ÄĚ said Acreman. ‚ÄúTyler‚Äôs a really good player, but I see a lot more growth in his game. He‚Äôs got a lot of potential. He listens well and if you listen and work hard, you are going to grow and become better.‚ÄĚ
Forsey, 21, who was born in St. John‚Äôs but grew up on the Burin Peninsula, exploded for a league record 31 goals while playing for the first-place Holy Cross Kirby Group last season.
‚ÄúHe fits in well. He‚Äôs a nice young man and his physical attributes are above and beyond most,‚ÄĚ said Acreman.
‚ÄúThe thing that we forget,‚ÄĚ noted Acreman, ‚Äúis that he is still only a very young man and has plenty of time to grow into the player he wants to become.‚ÄĚ
Acreman said Forsey joined the team earlier this winter.
‚ÄúHe came to us and wanted to talk and it was a mutual agreement that he should join our team,‚ÄĚ Acreman said.
Feildians have pulled off a few major upsets in the semifinals in recent years, but have always come up short in the final.
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The fourth-place Double Blues upset first-place Holy Cross Kirby Group in the semifinal last year at Centennial Field in St. Lawrence before losing to the host team in the championship game. The year before, Feildians surprised St. Lawrence in the semifinal at Smallwood Park in Mount Pearl before losing to Holy Cross in the game that counts.
Acreman said the coaching staff is very proud of what the team has been able to do in recent years, ‚Äúbut we still have a lot of work to do in order to bridge the gap, to be honest with you.
‚ÄúWe try to keep our feet on the ground. We are a firm believer that we are not a group of superstars, and we‚Äôve got to work extremely hard for every inch that we get and we stay grounded and humble. It‚Äôs experience and hard work that usually puts you over the edge.‚ÄĚ
The Double Blues have been working out all winter and Acreman said, ‚ÄúIf we do the right things and we don‚Äôt forget where we came from, hopefully we‚Äôll get rewarded for it.‚ÄĚ
Feildians haven‚Äôt won the provincial senior soccer championship since 1969.