Royals faced with must-win situation

It had the atmosphere of a big game but when all was said and done the Redeemer Royals men’s soccer team struggled for the third game in a row. The visiting Fanshawe Falcons (2-0-1) proved too much for the Royals (0-3-0) as they took Redeemer’s Ontario Colleges Athletic Association home opener, 5-1.

The Royals got off to a difficult start as Fanshawe struck early and often. Milos Janikic put Fanshawe on the board in the sixth minute and goals by Cedric N’Guessan (10th minute) and Robert Mboko (15th minute) had the Royals in a huge 3-0 hole very early in the game.

From there, the Royals seemed to gain their composure and settle down. A couple of quick strikes on net including a diving save by Fanshawe keeper Luke Arthur on Redeemer’s Jordan Bokma and a shot off the post by Redeemer’s Dirk VanSoelen gave some hope to the Royals.

Eric Miedema got the Royals on the board in the 58th minute and, down by two, it looked like Redeemer was right back in the game. Unfortunately, Fanshawe regained the momentum five minutes later when N’Guessan scored his second of the match and gave Fanshawe a 4-1 lead. The Falcons grabbed one more goal in the 79th minute when Janikic netted his second of the game.

The winless Royals now have a huge uphill climb facing them. Redeemer hosts Conestoga College and Mohawk College on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 21-22) in a must win games for the Royals. Kick off on Friday is at 6 p.m. while the match gets underway on Saturday at 4 p.m.