Flat out. The St. Clair men's soccer team was strong. They were tough on 50-50 balls. Tough on their pursuit and the Saints were aggressive. "We didn't win our conference. A lot of people think we don't deserve to be here and that's what tonight was about. Making a statement." said captain Massimo Pollard who scored a pair of goals as St. Clair beat Keyano College 3-1. "We deserve to be here just as much as anybody else."
Pollard opened the scoring in the first two minutes of the game. The Huskies got one back on a penalty kick by William Ly midway through the half.
That's the way it stayed until Tanner Page took off down the wing breaking away from a defender, slide it out front to a sliding Moussa Nizam who found the back of the net for what turned out to be the game winner with 15 minutes left. "That goal would never happen if he didn't make that run." Said Nizam. "He just beat all the defenders down the wing and cut back pass. It wasn't the best of shots, a little deflection, but I'll take it. Helped out the team. That's all I care about."
Pollard closed out the scoring on a play that was similar to the second goal. This time it was Zain Nizam shaking off defenders down the wing and cutting a pass out front to Pollard who blasted home the final goal of the game from 11 yards out. "This week at practice I wish could be like every week." Pollard said. "We really put in the work this week. Everyone wanted to prove to everyone that didn't think we didn't deserve to be here belong that we do so we put that into training and that into today's game.
St. Clair will now face the B.C. champs from Douglas College in the CCAA semi-finals Thursday afternoon at 5:30.
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