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Challenge Cup soccer: Holy Cross moves into first place with win over C.B.S.

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It wasn’t that long ago that Holy Cross sat in fourth place in the Johnson Insurance Challenge Cup soccer standings.
It probably wasn’t as troubling as you might think for the defending provincial men’s champions. They were well within hailing distance of the teams ahead of them and the Crusaders had to be thinking that a little hot streak might propel them to near, maybe even in, first place.
Holy Cross did go on such a run, winning five of its last six games, including a 2-1 victory over the C.B.S That Pro Look Strikers Wednesday night at the Topsail Turf Complex. And sure enough, they are in first place, a point up on their St. John’s arch-rivals, Feildians, who have a game in hand.
Even though the positioning has changed somewhat, it’s still pretty cozy among the top four in the Challenge Cup standings. Just five points separate Holy Cross and the fourth-place St. Lawrence Laurentians, who have two games in hand on the Crusaders.
C.B.S. sits third.
On Wednesday night, Isaac Bonisteel’s marker 20 minutes into the second half — his third goal in as many games — was the winner for Holy Cross.
The Crusaders’ had opened the scoring when Jeff Slaney tallied in the first half, while the Strikers got on the board courtesy of Nicholas Jones four minutes after the mid-game break.

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