The Cavaliers Men’s Soccer team found their beat up in Quebec City on Friday night as they were visiting the #8 CCAA Nationally ranked Dynamiques de Sainte-Foy.
The Cavaliers pressed early and managed to find the back of the net in the 9th minute. Veteran midfielder Raphael de Chantal Dumont stretched a pass to veteran winger Charles Carrier Cote who blew by his defender down the right side and cut into the 18-yard box and slotted a shot across the goal beating the on-rushing goalkeeper.
The Cavaliers generated many scoring opportunities, but were unable to capitalize to increase their lead in the first half. The team regrouped at halftime and began the second half with lots of pressure on the Ste-Foy backline. Their hard-work paid off in the 67th minute when veteran Mamadi Camara‘s pressure down the right side won the Cavaliers possession. Rookie Kerry Zhang skillfully slipped the ball to the central channel where veteran de Chantal Dumont took his first touch on the run splitting the Dynamiques defenders and calmly went in alone and beat the goalkeeper with a tidy finish.
The Cavaliers could have increased their lead but some lack of concentration in front of goal denied them a second half onslaught. The team’s pressure and high work rate gave the home team more than they could handle on a night where the Cavaliers comfortably controlled the game, eventually winning 2-0.
Raphael de Chantal Dumont was the player of the game for his goal and assist. His passing skills and creativeness generated several opportunities for his team and his goal helped seal the win for the Cavaliers.
Ilyes Ait Slimane was the “Hard Hat” performer of the game for his relentless work ethic that helped set the tone for the game. His well timed forward runs and solid 1-on1 defending gave the home team trouble all night.
The Cavaliers travel next to College Rosemont on Wednesday night for a mid-week battle as October and the last few weeks of the season looms.