Call it what you will – an upset, a storybook season, a comeback – but no matter how you slice it, the young Alexandria men claimed senior soccer supremacy last week, winning the Glengarry Soccer League championship over the regular season’s top team, Alexandria FC.
After FC took game one of the best-of-three final series, Alexandria faced a do-or-die situation on August 28, rallying from 1-0 down late in the game to win 2-1 in double overtime. (See this post for the details). That victory set the stage for the deciding match two nights later under the lights at Island Park.
With throngs of community members out in forcing, lining the field to take in the action, Alexandria built a 2-0 lead on goals from Kyle McIntee (off a free kick) and Brennan Nadeau). FC pressed relentlessly until the very end, but a tenacious team defence from the Black Shirts seemed to always find a way to disrupt.
The best scoring chance of the late going went to Alexandria, as Lochlan MacDonald sent a throw-in to Nadeau who booted the ball off the goalpost.
Alexandria goalkeeper David MacMaster and FC back Shawn Vink were named co-winners of the league’s playoff MVP honours. (For more awards, see this post.)
FC was the top team during the summer campaign, with a record of 6 wins, 3 ties, and 3 losses, for 21 points, 1 better than Glen Sandfield and 2 more than Alexandria. FC also was a league best on goal differential at +15, goals scored at 33, and shutouts at 3. Alexandria allowed the fewest goals at just 17.