Fourth-place Ayuda FC defeats first-place Ye Olde Orchard FC in semi-final match to advance to Division 4 finals
By Joe Cotugno, Montreal, QC
Aug 9, 2011
Coming off a 6-2-6 season, Ayuda has advanced to the CCSL Division 4 finals by defeating the Ye Olde Orchard squad in a heated match on Tuesday night. In what turned out to be a rather one-sided match, the Orange & Blue outscored the division-leading Ye Olde Orchard veterans by a 5-1 margin in rainy conditions. “The team played exceptionally well, especially during the second half. I am proud of our players for playing hard to excite & inspire the world of soccer,” said Andreas Soupliotis, President & CEO of Ayuda Media Systems, and 4-year veteran of the Orange & Blue squad. “If we continue to play this well as a team, and concentrate on playing focused football, I am confident we can take the championship.
YE OLDE ORCHARD LOOKING TO AVENGE RECENT LOSS
Ye Olde Orchard was looking to come back from a bitter loss at the hands of the Ayuda squad at the end of the regular season. After having beaten Ayuda twice in regular season play earlier in the season, Ye Olde Orchard went down to Ayuda in a 1-0 nail-biter marred by heated exchanges and tensions between the two teams on July 26. However, perhaps emboldened by their recent win, the Orange & Blue were in no mood to indulge the Ye Olde Orchard squad. Ayuda took an early lead in the first half Tuesday night when Stefano Vani took advantage of a defensive break down on the Ye Olde Orchard side of the pitch. After Ayuda increased their lead to 2 goals thanks to a precision bullet kick by Guido Muzzo late in the first half, Ye Olde Orchard seemed poised for a come-back when they lobbed a free kick just over Ayuda’s goalkeeper to bring the score to 2-1 just before the second half.
SEA OF ORANGE IN SECOND HALF
The second half started off with both teams fighting for possession, but ended with Ayuda scoring 3 unanswered goals against a rapidly dwindling Ye Olde Orchard side. The Black & White squad lost two players to injuries, as Ayuda ran off with the match. Jeff Lagendyk finished off a fantastic cross from Guido Muzzo by sprinting 30 yards to overpass two defensemen and tip the ball into the net to bring the score to 3-1. It was all downhill for the Black & White from there, as Stefano Vani scored his second and third goals of the match to bring the final score to 5-1. “We played well as a team, and kept disciplined and focused. That’s what got us this win. Our pinpoint precision passing, good ball-handling, and our aggressiveness to be first to the ball, is what enabled me to score a hat-trick tonight,” recalled Vani. Vani’s three goals bring his season total to six goals, making him the second highest goal scorer on the Ayuda FC team. The final of the CCSL Division 4 Summer 2011 playoffs will be held at the Concordia Loyola Dome on Thursday, August 11 at 9:30 pm. Ayuda FC will take on Amro Travel FC in what will surely be a hotly contested match as the teams have a 1-1-1 record between them for the regular season.
ABOUT AYUDA FC
Ayuda FC is the official football club of Ayuda Media Systems, developer of Splash™, BMS, and Symphony, the world’s most sophisticated software platform for the D/OOH industry. With over ten 3-year veterans and several 4-year veterans on the squad, the CCSL 2011 summer season turned out to be the Orange & Blue’s most successful season yet.
ABOUT CANADIAN CORPORATE SOCCER LEAGUE
The Canadian Corporate Soccer League (CCSL) is a non-profit, co-ed, recreational soccer league, committed to offering a high-level of organized play and promoting the league’s core values: Team play; Healthy living; Inter-company networking; and Amateur sport. The CCSL believes that on the road towards Corporate Social Responsibility, corporations must participate in healthy living habits and contribute to a better work-life balance of all its employees.
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