The Cavaliers Men’s Soccer team were back at it again on Wednesday night as they traveled to Collège Rosemont. The Cavaliers struggled early with some sloppy play and lack of cohesion. However they managed to find their groove late in the first half. Their relentless work ethic spurned some chances at goal. Finally, after a sequence of 10 minutes of pressure they opened the scoring in the final minute of the first half when rookie Kerry Zhang swung in a cross from deep in the corner that veteran striker Alexandre Garceau one timed to the low near post beating the opposition’s goalkeeper.
The Cavaliers regrouped at the half and made some adjustments to their play and came out firing in the second period. They looked much sharper and composed. They came close on a few occasions to double their lead. Eventually they did so in the 69th minute with a clever orchestrated set piece. Rookies Mike Romito and Charles De Santis prepared a deep free kick that was driven directly at the goal by Romito while Cavaliers players rushed the goal. The free kick took a short hop in front of the net, paralyzing the goalkeeper and skipping into the far corner for the 2-0 lead.
The Cavaliers defended as a unit and some stellar defensive plays helped protect their lead. Rookie goalkeeper Bruce Seguin made a few saves to hold off the home team. Champlain nearly extended their lead late in the game when rookie George Lazure finished off a nice passing play only to be denied by the goal post. The Cavaliers earned the win which kicks off a busy stretch as they play 4 games in 7 days.
Veteran Alexandre Garceau earned “Player of the Game” honours for his game winning goal and relentless work ethic up top leading the attack.
Rookie Chris Rose was the “Hard Hat” hard-worker of the game for his steady and composed play helping to lead the Cavaliers to their 2nd consecutive shutout.
The Cavaliers host College Lionel-Groulx on Friday at Seaway Park, kick-off at 9:00 PM. The team then travels to Quebec City on Sunday to face-off against arch rival Garneau.