After three weeks of action in the Howe Sound Men’s Soccer League (HSMSL), the defending champs have yet to taste defeat.
In fact, B&B Excavating (formerly Khalsa) hasn’t lost a game since March 18 and continued its strong run with a 4-2 win over Automind on Sunday (Sept. 23).
B&B controlled most of the early game, but Automind goalie Sam Dunkley was strong in between the pipes until Dan Clouth opened the scoring about 40 minutes in. Gary O’Neil made it a two-goal lead four minutes later.
Automind came out of the halftime energized, as Arie Venderbeyden cut the lead in half, but Mark Freeman restored the two-goal advantage 10 minutes later. Jeremy Galley added his league-leading fourth goal to make it 4-1 and then Griffin Dare scored on a penalty kick for Automind to reach the 4-2 final.
B&B head coach Ninder Bir said he likes the way his team looks early in the season.
“We had some really good passing today, but we’re still trying to build a team again,” he said, noting that several players from last year’s championship team have departed. “A few of the guys are out of shape too, but I think this should be a nice team when it’s all said and done.”
Automind head coach Dave Harrison saw things he liked from his team in the loss.
“We’re coming along,” he said. “B&B is a powerful team and we only had 14 guys out today. We played Galileo tough last week so we’re playing all the good teams right away. We had a lot of chances today that we just didn’t put in, but I’m proud of the team.”
B&B improved to two wins and one tie on the season, while Automind dropped to one win and two losses.
In the other early game, the Ellis Moving Eagles defeated Zephyr 9-1. Complete details were not available for the game, but Austin Aldridge and Luke Onesti tallied two apiece, with Chris Golaiy adding a single.
The Eagles improved to one win and one loss, while Zephyr fell to zero wins and two losses.
The late game saw Galileo improve to three wins and no losses by beating Lilwat FC 9-2. Cristian Oreamuno, Kevin Schellenberg and Robbie Nahanee all scored two goals, with James Whallen, Luis Oreamuno and Adrian Oreamuno also scoring.
Galileo remained in first place with the win, while Lilwat fell to one win and two losses.
Week 4 HSMSL action will see Sikh Temple take on the Eagles, Galileo meet Zephyr and B&B challenge Lilwat on Sunday (Sept. 30). For more information on the league, visit www.howesoundmens.snappages.com.