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Barrie Soccer: Weekend Recap Jan. 31

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Canada defeats USA in World Cup Qualifying soccer match

Oh, Canada! The Canadian men’s national soccer team defeated the United States on Sunday 2-0. Canada still stands atop the continent in the qualifying standings as the country vies for its first World Cup berth since 1986. Furthermore, the success is putting Canadian soccer back on the map, legitimizing the nation on the grandest stage.

Cyle Larin scored the opening tally – ultimately the game-winner – for Team Canada. Larin’s historic goal not only put the country one step closer to qualification but also set a record. Furthermore, it was Larin’s 23rd goal through his 46th Canadian appearance, moving him past Dwayne De Rosario for first place on the men’s all-time scoring list.

Mack Guzda is garnering NHL attention

What a revelation Barrie Colts goaltender Mack Guzda has been since joining the team back in November of last year!

The 21-year-old from Knoxville, TN, has suited up in 14 games for the Colts, amassing a record of 11-2-1. Additionally, the 6’5” backstop owns a 2.04 goals-against average and is rocking a 0.931 save percentage (2 shutouts).

Guzda’s recent success has led to the Barrie Colts squad surging towards the top of the OHL’s Central Division standings. In addition, Guzda’s strong play has resulted in seven National Hockey League teams – including the Toronto Maple Leafs – trying to sign the netminder to a professional contract.  

Barrie Colts go winless over the weekend

It was a tough road trip for Colts County as the team dropped consecutive games. First up, the Colts suffered a 4-3 overtime defeat to the Soo Greyhounds. Greyhounds forward Rory Kerins had the decisive tally.  

Next, Barrie’s team returned to Sudbury Community Arena for an afternoon contest with the Wolves. It was all offense in this game, but the Colts ultimately lost by a score of 6-5. Three-point outings from Anthony Tabak and captain Brandt Clarke weren’t enough to complete the comeback late in the third.

Moreover, Ian Lemieux and Declan McDonnell celebrated milestones by each suiting up in their 100th career OHL games.

Simcoe County Rovers FC sign Trinity Esprit

The Rovers made another addition to the women’s roster, inking Ottawa Gee Gee’s defender Trinity Esprit to contract. The native of Toronto, ON, made the 2021 U Sports Second Team All-Canadian. What’s more, Esprit earned recognition as a 2020 RSEQ First Team All-Star and a 2019 FISU World Cup MVP. Best of luck to Trinity Esprit in the upcoming season!

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