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Nova Scotia’s Western Halifax FC claim first Challenge Trophy

Posted on 9 October 2017 in ↳ Challenge Trophy

Western Halifax FC defeated FC Winnipeg Lions on Teck Finals Day at the 2017 Toyota National Champions to win the Challenge Trophy. Calum MacRae scored the winner while Christian Oxner and team posted the clean sheet in a 1:0 victory in Surrey, British Columbia.

While FC Winnipeg Lions won silver, Durham Celtic FC won the bronze after a 3:1 win over Saskatoon HUSA Alumni. Western Halifax FC’s Jhonattan Cordoba was named Most Valuable Player while Durham’s Joe Vaz won Top Scorer honours.


Gold Medal Match – Western Halifax FC (NS) 1:0 (MB) FC Winnipeg Lions

Calum MaCrae’s name will go down in the history books after his goal in the third minute stood up to win his club a national title. The three-time Nova Scotia goalkeeper of the year Christian Oxner made massive stops throughout the tournament and shut out the Lions on this day.

Bronze Medal Match – Saskatoon HUSA Alumni FC (SK) 1:3 (ON) Durham Celtic FC

Man of the match Mark Van Beek busted through the HUSA defense on a pair of occasions to score a brace. Garrett Peters responded for HUSA Alumni. Kailen Murphy completed the scoring with a powerful header off a corner. HUSA’s captain Dwayne Gareau earned star of the game honors for his club.

5th place match – Vancouver Club Inter FC (BC) 1:1 (4-2 kicks) (QC) Celtix Haut-Richelieu

Milad Rahmati opened the scoring as he beat two defenders and finished into the corner. Nicholas Beaumont responded in the 75th before the match ended in a 1:1 draw. On kicks, Dennis Kindel stopped Haut-Richelieu’s final shooter to secure the victory. Todd Lucyk was named man of the match for Vancouver while Noah Lapierre was named Haut-Richelieu’s best in this game.

7th place match – Holy Cross SC (NL) 6:1 (NB) Fredericton Picaroons Reds

Kenny Morrison scored just four minutes in for Fredericton, but that would be it for the New Brunswick champions. Holy Cross responded with six unanswered goals. Jacob Grant registered a hat trick while Andrew Stanford, Alex Dolomount and Mitchell Barry each had singles.

9th place match – Calgary Callies (AB) 4:0 (YU) Whitehorse Yukon Selects

Calgary’s Ian Greedy scored the brace while Elvis Kastrati and Allen Jovica each added one. Seth Richardson posted the clean sheet.


2017 Toyota National Championships
Canada Soccer’s Toyota National Championships run 4-9 October 2017 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Calgary, Alberta, and Surrey, British Columbia. At all age levels, the Toyota National Championships provide a meaningful soccer experience for host cities and participating teams, as well as the players, coaches, support staff, officials, and volunteers.

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