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Who ordered a half-dozen bagels? Six shutouts in weekend Challenge Cup play

Ryan Garland (left) of the C.B.S. That Pro Look Strikers and Marek Nakonieczny of Feildians chase the ball in the rain during Challenge Cup soccer action at the Topsail pitch Saturday.
Ryan Garland (left) of the C.B.S. That Pro Look Strikers and Marek Nakonieczny of Feildians chase the ball in the rain during Challenge Cup soccer action at the Topsail pitch Saturday.

There have been plenty of blank looks on Challenge Cup pitches lately.

Ten of the last 11 games in the Molson Challenge Cup provincial senior men’s soccer league soccer have featured shutouts, including one that had a couple as it ended in a scoreless tie.

All six games played in the league this weekend saw somebody getting whitewashed, including a Sunday matchup on the Burin Peninsula that saw the league-leading St. Lawrence Laurentians upset 1-0 by the Gerry O’Brien Financial Canada Games team.

Jacob Grant scored the goal and Jack Haywood recorded the shutout for the Games team, which had been on the wrong side of a shutout score on Saturday, when St. Lawrence won 3-0.

Jake Warren

Also Sunday, Jake Warren recorded his second straight hat trick to lead Holy Cross Kirby Group to a 3-0 win over the C.B.S. That Pro Look Strikers at the Topsail Turf Complex.

Warren also conjured up a trick Saturday in a 3-0 victory over visiting Corner Brook Steers Insurance at King George V Park.

Dylan Crichton had the shutout for Holy Cross Sunday, while Thomas Pieroway was the Crusaders’ keeper Saturday.

Sunday’s other game saw Feildians trim Corner Brook 1-0 at KGV, with Marek Nakionencky getting the game’s lone tally and Braeden Sheppard producing the shutout.

On Saturday, Patrick Slaney provided shutout goaltending as the Laurentians stopped the Canada Games squad at Centennial Field. Goals came off the boots of Stefan Slaney, Marc Pittman and Devon Ryan.

In C.B.S., the Strikers got a goal from Ryan Day, and it stood as the winner in a 1-0 C.B.S. victory over Feildians. D’Arcy Bennett, the Strikers’ 18-year-old keeper, posted the shutout.

There’s a Challenge Cup game scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at King George, with Feildians taking on the Games squad.

 

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