© — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram
Holy Cross Kirby Group’s Brian Reddy (left) competes against Mount Pearl First Choice/Molson’s John Furlong (right) during the teams’ NLSA Molson Coors Challenge Cup senior men’s soccer match at King George V Park on Saturday. The Crusaders went on to win 1-0 and blanked the Mount Pearl side again, this time 3-0, in Sunday’s rematch at the Gushue Complex in Mount Pearl Sunday.
Pieroway backstops Holy Cross to pair of shutouts over Mount Pearl in challenge cup action
If someone is going to beat Holy Cross Kirby Group in Molson Coors Challenge Cup soccer play, they’re going to have to start scoring more goals.
The league-leading and still undefeated Crusaders blanked Mount Pearl That Pro Look/Molson 3-0 at the Gushue Complex in Mount Pearl Sunday. It was the third straight shutout win for Holy Cross (7-0-2), including a 1-0 victory over Mount Pearl Saturday at King George V Park in St. John’s.
Overall, Holy Cross hasn’t permitted a goal in five of its nine games this season, with goalkeeper Thomas Pieroway posting the shutout in each case.
On Sunday at the Gushue Complex, Aaron Anstey’s goal at six minutes provided Pieroway with all the offence he needed, although Owen Macllease (35 minutes) and Mike Brushett (90) added insurance tallies for Holy Cross.
On Saturday at KGV, in the front end of the home-and-home series, Jake Warren of Holy Cross, with his league-leading sixth goal, had the only score of the game.
There was one other Challenge Cup matchup on the weekend. That was Saturday at Centennial Field in St. Lawrence, where the Labatt Laurentians edged visiting Feildians Ernst & Young 2-1.
Paul Slaney scored a pair of first-half goals for St. Lawrence, which sits in second place in the league standings. At 3-4-2, the Laurentians are still 10 points behind Holy Cross, but can appreciate their position given they’ve also won three straight after going without a victory in their first six games of the season.
Tyler Forsey, with his fourth goal of the season at 90 minutes, replied for Feildians.
Sunday at Mount Pearl
Holy Cross 3, Mount Pearl 0
Saturday at St. John’s
Holy Cross 1, Mount Pearl 0
Saturday at St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence 2, Feildians 1
Saturday, June 28
6 p.m., at Gushue Complex, Mount Pear
St. Lawrence at Mount Pearl
Sunday, June 29
1 p.m., at KGV, St. John’s
Holy Cross at Feildians
Team GP W L T Pts
Holy Cross 9 7 0 2 23
St. Lawrence 9 3 4 2 11
Mount Pearl 10 3 6 1 10
Feildians 8 2 5 1 7
Player, team Goals
Jake Warren, Holy Cross 6
Tyler Forsey, Feildians 4
Kyle Williams, Holy Cross 3
Jon Hawco, Holy Cross 3
Sean Drew, St. Lawrence 2
Matthew Breen, Holy Cross 2
Justin Pickford, Mount Pearl 2