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Late Goal Gives CMU Top Prize in T-Bay

996847_695108383852602_1593361105_nAlex Klassen’s (below) 91st minute goal lifted the Blazers to a 2-1 win on Sunday morning over the Lakehead ThunderWolves at Chapples Park in Thunder Bay, in the deciding match of the 2013 ThunderHawk Invitational hosted by Confederation College.

With a draw and a 5-0 win over the hosts in their opening matches on Saturday, the Blazers and ThunderWolves both sat on four-points entering their final tournament match on Sunday. Lakehead had defeated Confederation 3-0 on Friday night, while both CMU and the ThunderWolves had shared the points in their matches with local senior men’s champions Rainbow Realty by scores of 1-1.

IMG_8402An early 10th minute Lakehead goal left the Blazers chasing the game. Unsettled, head coach Russell Willms made some half-time adjustments that allowed CMU to carry more of the possession going forward.

The Blazers drew level in the 58th minute when Imran Uwimana‘s cross was headed home by Klassen for his first of the game. Needing all three-points to secure the trophy, CMU pushed more players in to the attack and moments before the referee’s final whistle, Klassen seized the points and Championship on the final kick of the game.

“It was really a thrilling way to close out the tournament and a month of hard-work,” said Willms, “we played some outstanding competition this weekend – experienced players who challenged our ability to defend and possess the ball. I am so happy for the players and it gives us a lot of confidence as we enter our next MCAC matches and the home stretch of the season.”

The Blazers travel to Providence on Saturday for a derby where points will be critical as the two rivals compete for top-spot in the conference standings. The Pilots blanked the ACC Cougars on Saturday in Brandon 3-0. The next home match for CMU is Sunday at 4pm when they host the last place Cougars at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex.

 

 

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