Laurentians will play in Challenge Cup final again

St. Lawrence downs Holy Cross in 1-2 Page playoff; Crusaders get second chance in Saturday semifinal against Mount Pearl

Published on September 1, 2017

Friday was a blue-sky day for fans of Big Blue —the defending champion St. Lawrence Laurentians — who booked a spot in Sunday's Molson Challenge Cup provincial senior men's soccer final with a 2-0 win over Holy Cross in the 1-2 Page Playoff game at King George V Park in St. John’s. Mount Pearl won the 3-4 game, downing Feildians 1-0, and advancing to a Saturday afternoon semifinal against Holy Cross.

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For a fifth straight season, the St. Lawrence Laurentians will play in a Molson Challenge Cup provincial men’s soccer final.

The defending champion Labatt Laurentians downed arch-rival Holy Cross Crusaders 2-0 Friday afternoon at King George V Park in the 1-2 Page playoff game to open the Challenge Cup championship tournament.
The win sends St. Lawrence directly to the final, which will be played 2 p.m. Sunday at KGV. The Laurentians have made appearance in the last four Challenge Cup championship games winning two of them, and bowing to Holy Cross in the other two.
Stefan Slaney, St. Lawrence’s leading scorer in the regular season, scored 30 minutes into the game, Mark Brefo added a second-half tally and veteran ‘keeper John Douglas posted the shutout for the Laurentian, who had finished first in the regular season.
Despite the loss, the second-place Kirby United Crusaders remain alive in the tourney. Holy Cross gets another chance to advance to the final as it plays in the Page semifinal against Mount Pearl First Choice Haircutters 3 p.m. Saturday at KGV.
Mount Pearl got to the senifinal by beating Feildians Ernst and Young  1-0 in Friday night's 3-4 Page Playoff.

The admission price for the tournament is $8 per game. The league is again partnering with the Community Food Sharing Association and fans are being asked to bring a non-perishable food donation to the games to help those in need.
All the weekend games will be broadcast on VOCM Marystown (740), with Russ Murphy and Rick Farrell on the call for a 26th year. They will also be live-streamed on Bell Aliant.
The winner of Sunday’s final will play in the Canadian Challenge Cup tournament next month in Surrey, B.C.

Award-winners, all-stars
Between the two playoff games at King George V Park Friday, the Molson Challenge Cup provincial men’s soccer league announced its 2017 award-winners and all-star teams.

Bobby Breen Award (First place, regular season)
St. Lawrence Laurentians
Jim Goff Award (Most spirited player)
Trevor Ivany, C.B.S. Strikers
Wils Molloy Golden Boot Award (Top scorer)
Tyler Forsey, Mount Pearl
Jeff Babstock Award (Top defender)
Greg Reid, Feildians
John Breen Award (Top midfielder)
Jake Warren, Holy Cross
Al Slaney Memorial Award (Top goalie)
Brandon Noseworthy, Mount Pearl
Ed Moyst Award (Rookie of the year)
Mark Brefo, St. Lawrence
Dick Power Award (Regular-season MVP)
Jake Warren, Holy Cross
Alphonsus Warren Award (Coach of the year)
Jeremy Babstock, Holy Cross
All-Star Team

Tyler Forsey, Mount Pearl
Jake Warren, Holy Cross
Jordi Slaney, St. Lawrence
Tyler Kirby, Holy Cross
Mark Brefo, St. Lawrence
Mike Dunne, Holy Cross
Mark Pitman, St. Lawrence
Greg Reid, Feildians
Kevin Oram, Mount Pearl
Alex Pretty, Holy Cross
Brandon Noseworthy, Mount Pearl