Three in a row for Lucania

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:51 AM ET

Lucania left little question as to who was the dominant senior soccer team here in Manitoba, and next month they'll try to show the rest of the country.

Not even the brilliant goaltending of Tony Lupinetti could prevent Lucania from winning its third consecutive Manitoba Soccer Association Cup crown on a beautiful day at the Red River Soccer Complex.

After a scoreless opening half, Lucania benefited from an own goal off the leg of Hellas defender Trevor Perrault in the 53rd minute and added a brilliant strike from Derren Allers in the 72nd minute to earn a 2-0 triumph and a trip to the nationals in Surrey, B.C., next month.

"We definitely dominated the game, as you can see," said Allers, who joined Lucania this season after his former team, AFF, folded. "We were moving the ball around and it was just a matter of time before we were going to score. This is my first championship, so this is awesome. It's a good feeling."

Lucania 'keeper Brian Oleksiuk didn't have a lot of work in terms of scoring chances to stop, but was there when called upon.

CONFIDENCE

He also spent some time admiring the work of Lupinetti, but didn't feel any additional pressure to come up with a dramatic save because of his confidence in his teammates.

"I thought Tony was the MVP of the game actually. He kept them in it in the first half. We could have been up 2-0," said Oleksiuk. "It's a little nerve-racking but when you have the guys like I have in front of me, you know it's going to come sooner or later. We knew that if we scored that first one, they were going to have to open up and once that happened, we'd be able to exploit them."

Lupinetti was frustrated by the defeat but was encouraged by the progress his team made this season.

"It's always tough when you lose a big game like this, but Lucania is a great team and they have a lot of experience," said Lupinetti, who admitted the own goal was demoralizing. "That was a tough first goal there. They got lucky (on the goal)."

Lucania captured a gold medal at nationals in 2000 and will attempt to duplicate the feat.

CORNER KICKS: South End United captured a couple of provincial titles yesterday as the under-14 boys defeated Portage Trail 3-1 and the under-18 boys defeated Phoenix 2-0. The most dramatic contest came in the under-16 boys final as Bonivital outlasted Portage Trail 4-3 in overtime, with the Golden Goal coming from Hassan Kamara.


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