A club derby played out during the semifinals Saturday with LF Pike facing LF King White. LF King went down a man very early with a tackle just beyond the center circle that drew a red card for Denial of an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity (DOGSO). LF Pike finally took advantage of the numerical advantage midway through the first half with Michael Laaker’s headed goal. It was taken from the edge of the six-yard box and perfectly placed into the far side netting as he redirected Justin Armfield’s cross from the far right corner.
It seemed that LF Pike then went into ‘maintenance mode’ doing enough to deny LF King opportunities without extending themselves to greatly, perhaps looking to Sunday’s final. As such much of the play was between the boxes. A pair of shots from distance by LF King grazed the crossbar in the first half but King’s best chance came about the 70 minute mark when some hard work on the right led to a cross into the box, only to see too many attackers in the same spot with the resulting header going wide left.
Two more goals in the final two minutes of the match completed the scoring. The first, by Andrew Rienholtz came from the spot after an attacker was dragged down in the box. Noah Livaudais got the third with a counter-attack.
SLSG PREMIER WHITE 96/97 – 4
SPRINGFIELD S.C. 97/98 – 1
LOU FUSZ SC KING WHITE – 0
LOU FUSZ SC PIKE – 3
Final Sunday 3pm, Lou Fusz #1
SLSG PREMIER WHITE 96/97 vs LOU FUSZ SC PIKE
U17 Boys semifinal – LF Pike vs LF King White
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