Hot Weekend - Cool Result!

Foxes leave town with a couple of wins

Photos by Zachary Peters

Article by Danny Demelo/Eric Molyneaux

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WSA Winnipeg entered weekend play within striking distance of a play-off spot.  That spot is still within in reach but the task to clinch it has become more difficult with the 2 - 0 loss on Saturday and 1 - 0 loss Sunday to the Colorado Foxes.  The weather was excellent for the long weekend series and our home team with their excellent ball control and great goal tending made for some exciting football for the spectators to enjoy.  The lack of goal scoring was the issue.  Coach Eduardo explained, "We are a young team and have come a long way this year with regards to developing in the key areas of ball control, defensive play, goal tending and attacking once our finishing improves we will be a difficult team to play."  

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Saturday, WSA Winnipeg got off to an unlucky start when one mistake led to a Real Colorado goal in the 7th minute off a cross.  The game was chippy after the goal with many  fouls resulting in yellow cards being handed out to both teams. However,  WSA maintained the majority of possession developing their attack out of the back.  Danto and Musse attempted a few shots early, but the keeper was not really tested.

WSA Winnipeg throughout the half continued to create plenty of opportunities and kept majority possession but just couldn't find the equalizing goal.  WSA's best chance happened when Ali Musse sent Nathan Douglas on a breakaway just before half time.  His shot went just wide as he aimed for the right corner.  Another chance late in the first half by Ryan Ramjiawan having a shot that almost slipped inside the post.  Kyle Hiebert also had a great shot from just outside the 18 late in the first half, but the Colorado keeper made the save.

WSA was the better team in the first half and came out to play in the 2nd half with a few chances from Ali Musse and Moses Danto but still couldn't find the equalizer.  Possession was 55-45 in favor of WSA and they seemed to be the better team, and after a late push for the tying goal, Colorado added their second goal late to make it 2-0 final score.  Tyson Farago was strong in the performance  and made plenty of saves for the home team.

Sunday's game, WSA came into this game looking for revenge and a win would give them a great shot at the play-offs.  In the first fifteen minutes, WSA had kept great possession with Colorado touching the ball under 5 times... when WSA lost it they quickly won back possession and kept their attack alive.  An early chance from Paul Del Grosso found his shot go just over the bar, the ball delivered in by Ali Musse.

As the half progressed, Ryan Ramjiawan had a chance just in front of goal that was stopped by the keeper, a great shot but unlucky. Shortly after, Douglas had a ball slide onto his foot 

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In the second half of Sunday's game, Tyson Farago was called upon to make some key saves. WSA's attack started to slow down late in the second half, but it's best chance came  in the 85th minute when substitute Danny Demelo was sent through on a breakaway from Moses Danto, and as the ball was bouncing, Demelo struck a volley which the goalie saved.  However, the Colorado goalie could not control the ball and left a rebound, Demelo found his own rebound but couldn't put it past the keeper.  A great chance… but again it just would not go in!

In the 90th minute, an  WSA caught an unlucky break when they were caught on the counter attack with only two defenders back. Colorado forward scored in the left corner, no chance for Farago to make the save.  The final result was a 1-0 loss after out playing Colorado for the whole game. WSA held a  possession advantage of 60/40. WSA's playoff hopes are still alive if they can come away with 10 points minimum in their last 4 games.  

The next games for the home team is July 6/7 at Waverly Complex versus the Kansas City Brass.  WSA Winnipeg's record is now 2-7-1.  See at the games next weekend!