Thanks to two third-year veterans Kingston FC’s First Division team is into the Canadian Soccer League’s semi-finals.
Thanks to two newcomers Kingston FC’s Second Division team is semi-final bound along with them.
Saturday evening at Queen’s West Campus Field, Kingston FC and Serbian White Eagles were scoreless after 90 minutes of regulation time in their 1st Division quarter-final encounter, and they were still scoreless after the first 15-minute period of extra time.
But at the six minute mark of the second extra time period – a full 111 minutes into the game – Kingston FC‘s popular outside mid Edgar Soglo took a ball downfield at full stride off a goal kick from Kingston FC‘s keeper, Erwann Ofouya. Soglo nudged the high bounce off his head onto his thigh, then his foot and chipped it in an arc over the head of the Serbian keeper and over the goal line, for what proved to be the winning goal.
Soglo was mobbed by his teammates as the Kingston FC faithful, braving a cold and windy evening, burst into a loud roar of applause. “It took forever to cross the goal line,” he remarked after the match. “I’m glad I could help the team, and get the monkey off my back,” he said, in reference to his first goal of the season, and the Club’s most important goal of the 2014 campaign.< After relentless pressure all evening that the Serbians managed to parry with tough and physical defending, the dam finally burst courtesy of Soglo's moment of brilliance. Two minutes later Mademba Ba made it 2-0 and three minutes or so after Ba scored again – Kingston FC 3 Serbia 0.
Both Soglo and Ba come from the Ottawa area and both joined Kingston FC in the team’s first season in 2012. Team chairman Lorne Abugov said the team’s goal from the start has been to develop Canadian players by having them play alongside internationals. “I was delighted to see Edgar Soglo and Mademba Ba – both of whom were with us when we struggled through our first season – score the three goals against Serbia.”
Earlier Saturday, two Kingston FCnewcomers – Jinmi Ismail and Corey Faughnan – led the Club’s Second Division team to a 4-1 win over Brampton. Ismail scored the first goal, Brampton tied it, and then – just after half time – Ismail scored again. Faughnan made it 3-1 on a header off a corner kick, then Ismail scored his third goal for the 4-1 victory.
Ismail, the young Nigerian midfielder who spent four years playing NAIA soccer with Washington Adventist University, played his finest game of what has been a brilliant rookie season for the Kingston FC Reserves. “He carried the team on his back this afternoon, and could easily have had more goals if not for his unselfish play,” said Lorne Abugov of Ismail, who was named the WTC Man of the Match following the game. “If he is not recognized as the 2nd Division rookie of the year, we’ll all be stunned,” said Abugov.
The First Division win means Kingston FC will play 2nd place Toronto Croatia in Toronto next weekend. The Second Division win means the Kingston FC Reserves will play the 7th place Niagara United Reserves in Kingston next Saturday at 4:30 pm at Queen’s West Campus.