IN less than three days, a new champion will be crowned in the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Linden Championship, when first-time finalists High Rollers and Amazings face-off at the Mackenzie Market tarmac.High Rollers earned their place to the championship match, after dethroning defending champions Silver Bullets in the semi-final round via penalty kicks.This occurred after High Rollers secured another unlikely 2-1 victory against Swag Entertainment in the earlier quarter-final round.On the other hand, the dogged Amazings outfit clinched a semi-final win against Capital, compliments of a 2-1 penalty shoot-out victory. In their earlier quarter-final match, Amazings once again required penalty kicks to survive a dangerous Coomacka outfit.According to an official release from the tournament coordinators, “The anticipation is in the air for what promises to be a great final between two teams who are desperate to secure the coveted championship and the bragging rights for their region and the right to represent the zone at the National Championship.”The release further said, “The fact that we have two first-time finalists is an indication of the overall improvement in quality of the tournament. Neither of the teams was expected to challenge or formed part of the group of possible contenders when the tournament commenced, so it is refreshing that first-time champions will be crowned. Even the third-place match features a first-time semi-finalist.”“It also highlights that teams have been preparing better and want to etch their name on the trophy and put their respective communities on the map by securing the title. This occurrence will serve as an inspiration for the other teams and bodes well for the continued improvement in quality of the tournament,” the release concluded.Meanwhile the third-place playoff will pit former two-time champions Silver Bullets against Capital Storm.
Asking your goalkeeper to stop every ball shot on net is often asking the impossible. Lakewood High goalie Tiffany Hollis nearly did the job but had to settle for a 1-1 tie against visiting Wilson High in a Moore Leauge girls soccer game on Monday. “Tiffany had another awesome day at the goal,” Bunton said. “She just comes up every time for us. She’s our bigtime keeper.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the opening half the Bruins (9-5-3) were getting past the Lancers’ defenders with relative ease. Wilson took several shots, including a few breakaways, but were unable to get them past Hollis. That was until midway through the half when Samantha Prochnow raced by the Lancers backline into the box and tucked her shot in front of a diving Hollis’ outstreched hands to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. The Lancers (9-5-2) answered with a goal from Nikki Bleidistel who received a pass inside the box with a defender on her and turned around with a left-footed shot for the score. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I think overall this is a satisfactory game for me,” said Lakewood first-year coach Greg Bunton. “I thought toward the end we were dying a little bit in the second half. I give Wilson a lot of credit. In the first half they played really nice, really quick. They played well.” Wilson dominated most of the second half, playing on Lakewood’s half of the field. This time around the Lancers did a much better job of limiting the Bruins chances of scoring, but it was Hollis who stepped up big when the Bruins came close to converting. “For us it’s a little disappointing,” said Wilson coach Jason Kirkwood. “This a game we came to win … their goal they just simply outhustled us. “I thought their goalkeeper had a really good game. We had plenty of chances to score, we just didn’t get the job done today.” Hollis, who is a sophomore, had 13 saves in the game, seven of those in the second half.