Championship Game Summary
No Name Team 5, The Far Side 4
The 1996 Co-rec Soccer Championship was essentially a rematch of the World
Cup Soccer Championship with one important difference... a few skillful women were an
integral part of these squared-off teams.
The Far Side, dubbed Manchester United in the World Cup Soccer Tournament,
went 2-2 during the regular season and defeated MBA's, 69ers, Just for Fun, and Victory in
the playoffs to advance to the championship game.
No Name Team, known as Loaded for
the World Cup, went undefeated during the regular season and received a bye in the first
round ofplayoffs. They advanced to the championship by winning one game by forfeit and
downing team Central.
In the championship, the Far Side took an early 2-0 lead with a headball goal by
Katy Doherty with an assist from Heather Shields and a kick goal by Klara Gubacs with an
assist from Alex Lee. However, No Name Team was not daunted by the 2-goal deficit.
Strong aggressive play from defender Ciaran Cribbs paid off as his steal and pass to Peter
Rostbjaerg led to a goal and a 2-1 game. David Wilson of No Name soon followed suit
with a goal assisted by Tony Lax. The first half ended with the score tied 2-2.
With the second halfbarely underway, a penalty gave the Far Side a direct kick that
was blocked by Rostbjaerg who dribbled downfield and scored unassisted.
The Far Side's
Bill Vandervalk later scored on a scramble in front of the net after a throw-in from Lee.
Lee then decided to score himself on a nifty between-defenders pass from Gubacs.
Stephen Dozois and Shields played solid defense for the Far Side until a penalty kick was
awarded to No Name Team. Offensive power Rostbjearg knocked in the penalty kick to tie
the game 4-4 as regulation time later ran out.
The Far Side was awarded an early free kick which was blocked by No Name's
Cribbs. Cribbs took the ball to Far Side's goal and gave Rostbjearg a well-positioned
pass. In an exciting, if not controversial finish, Rostbjearg and Far Side keeper Jim
Blanchette collided and Rostbjearg tapped in the winning goal while falling to the ground.
As overtime ticked away, play became increasingly physical as the Far Side desperately
tried to net a goal. But No Name Team hung in there defensively and defeated the Far Side
5-4 to capture the Co-rec Soccer Championship.