Talk about a missing link.
Scoring sensation Tyler Forsey may be that elusive missing piece of the puzzle Feildians Ernst & Young senior men’s soccer team has needed to get them over the hump for a Molson Challenge Cup provincial soccer championship
Double Blues player-coach John Acreman won’t go that far as he knows there’s no guarantees in sports, but there’s no doubt the addition of the league’s top scorer will make Feildians a tougher team to compete against.
“He could be that piece,” said Acreman. “Tyler’s a really good player, but I see a lot more growth in his game. He’s got a lot of potential. He listens well and if you listen and work hard, you are going to grow and become better.”
Forsey, 21, who was born in St. John’s 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.
“He fits in well. He’s a nice young man and his physical attributes are above and beyond most,” said Acreman.
“The thing that we forget,” noted Acreman, “is that he is still only a very young man and has plenty of time to grow into the player he wants to become.”
Acreman said Forsey joined the team earlier this winter.
“He came to us and wanted to talk and it was a mutual agreement that he should join our team,” 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.
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, “but we still have a lot of work to do in order to bridge the gap, to be honest with you.
“We try to keep our feet on the ground. We are a firm believer that we are not a group of superstars, and we’ve got to work extremely hard for every inch that we get and we stay grounded and humble. It’s experience and hard work that usually puts you over the edge.”
The Double Blues have been working out all winter and Acreman said, “If we do the right things and we don’t forget where we came from, hopefully we’ll get rewarded for it.”
Feildians haven’t won the provincial senior soccer championship since 1969.