Feildians have a youthful Challenge Cup soccer squad this season, so Sunday’s season-opening 3-2 win over Holy Cross should give the Double Blues a jolt of confidence as the 2018 Molson provincial senior soccer campaign kicked off at King George V Park.
Emmanuel Dolo scored from about 25 yards out in injury time as the Feildians upset the reigning provincial champs.
“We’ve got a young crowd,” said the Feildians’ Greg Reid, the top defender in the Challenge Cup last season, “that hopefully will gain confidence as the season progresses.
“Hopefully, this win today has set the bar.”
It was the Crusaders who got things going down next to Quidi Vidi Lake, with Tyler Kirby scoring eight minutes after the opening whistle. Stephen Johnson, grandson of the well-known late provincial Hockey and Sports Hall of Famer Don Johnson, evened things up at 41 minutes before Andrew Stanford restored the Holy Cross lead three minutes later.
It stood 2-1 for the Crusaders until the 62nd minute when Iain Gamba scored for the Double Blues, setting the stage for Dolo’s last-second heroics.
The season kicks into high gear next weekend with four games on the schedule. Saturday, Holy Cross is in Mount Pearl for a 7 p.m. game, while the St. Lawrence Laurentians, who finished first in the regular season last year before losing to the Crusaders in the final, head to C.B.S. for a 4 p.m. tilt.
Sunday, the league’s newest entry, Paradise, plays its first-ever game 4 p.m. against Feildians at King George V. In Mount Pearl at 1 p.m., St. Lawrence plays its second straight game as Tyler Forsey, the league’s leading goal-getter last year, plays against his former team.