The two first place teams in the Toronto School Board’s Varsity Boys Indoor Soccer East Region’s divisions; the East York Goliaths, and the Victoria Park Panthers, faced off in the championship game on Mar. 3 at the Metro Sports Centre.
The first half of the match produced three goals and a score of 2-1 in favour of the Goliaths. In the second half, the East York were able to increase their lead and stop the Panthers from scoring again – with the game ending 5-1.
“It feels good; it’s always nice to win a championship,” East York coach Tom Drivas said. “They deserve it – they’ve been together now since September and they worked hard – so I’m glad for them.”
The Goliaths cohesiveness was demonstrated not just by the number of goals they were able to score – but that each point was scored by a different member of the team.
Both teams were undefeated going into the match. East York finished regulation play at the top of Group B with a perfect season of 8-0-0. Victoria Park placed first in Group A, with an undefeated record of 6-0-1.
“We have a good bunch of guys, a good bunch of players on the team, and they play well together,” Victoria Park coach Nick Vretanos said before the game. His team will have the opportunity to compete for the gold next year, since all but one of the players will be returning.
“We’re a really young team; there’s only one graduating student, who’s the captain. He’s the leader,” Vretanos said. “I hope he’ll keep everybody together … and keep them high when they are low.”