Monday, October 13, 2003

London sides in national finals

The North London Dynamite and Forest United Flames will both face B.C. teams at the under-14 soccer championships.
By Kathy Rumleski, Free Press Sports Reporter

Nick Green took his jersey off and twirled it over his head. "We're going to the show," he yelled.
It's the most exuberance any of the North London Dynamite boys have shown.
But a 4-1 semifinal victory over Alberta in the under-14 national club championships and a date with British Columbia in the final today, was enough to at least get them a little excited.
The Forest United Flames on the other hand, piled on top of each other in the middle of the field and then high-fived their parents on the sidelines after the girls' 1-0 win over Alberta.
They, too, will meet B.C. in the championship match.
Both games can be seen live by webcast. Click on the Eastlink Television icon at
The Dynamite play at 9:30 a.m. EDT and the Flames at 11:30 a.m. EDT.
"We're there. That's what I wanted. We'll battle for gold," said Flames coach Anthony Camacho.
Dynamite coach Martin Painter said he'll find the hours long until the final. He described his state of mind as anxious.
"One more game. I want the (championship) game to start," Painter said.
Green, who moved to Peterborough two months ago and has been travelling to some of the Dynamite games, scored the team's first goal in the 23rd minute
"It just feels good to get the team sparked up on the first goal. It gets your blood pumping and makes you want to get more," said the defender, who played a great game at the back.
Spencer Godbout scored twice for London and Andy Drabbant added another.
The Dynamite got a bit of a scare yesterday when No. 1 goalkeeper Igor Kasic twisted his right knee five minutes before game time.
Kasic sat out the first half, replaced by Roy Beishuizen, but his knee felt better as the game progressed and he started the second half.
The Dynamite allowed their first goal of the tournament in the 72nd minute.
"We were trying to have a shutout streak for the whole tournament, but I guess it didn't work out," said Kasic, obviously disappointed.
While Painter praised his team's play in the first 60 minutes of the game, he gave them a dressing down for easing off in the end.
"The last 20 minutes, they were a little sloppy," said Painter, who won a national title with the under-16 London Red Devils in 1992. That was the last time a local boys' team has won a national club title.
Camacho said he was pleased with his team's performance throughout the game.
"Injuries are a problem; they're pretty banged up. But they've been sucking it up and playing through it. My girls always rise to the challenge."
Jennifer Begley scored for the London girls in the 69th minute.
Rain is forecast for today's finals, but yesterday fans and players were complaining about the heat as the sun beat down on the artificial turf and the temperature climbed to 24 degrees, 10 degrees above normal for this time of year.


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