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WPH Law side wins masters soccer thriller

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It didn’t happen without some drama, but WPH Law 78FC has its third straight provincial men’s masters B soccer championship after defeating host St. Lawrence Laurentians in a final decided by penalty kicks.

78FC won all four of its games in the five-team weekend tourney, which included the Laurentians and four entries from the St. John’s Masters league — 78FC, Duke of Duckworth, Island Auto and Elliott Dental.

78FC shut out Duke in one semifinal, setting up the championship game against the Laurentians, who had downed Elliott Dental in the other semifinal and whose lineup featured the likes of NLSA Hall of Famers Paul Slaney and Bob Spearns.

78FC took the lead at the end of the first half when a C.J. Nolan free kick dipped under the crossbar. Klar Pike tied it for the Laurentians 15 minutes into the second stanza, but the St. John’s team regained the lead when John Hogan scored after a breakaway.

The Laurentians re-knotted the score on the last play of regulation as Sheldon Slaney converted a penalty kick awarded for a hand ball inside the box.

The game went straight to penalty shots — no overtime — where four straight conversions by the 78FC shooters, a missed Laurentians shot gave the defending champs another title.

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