by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips
Keyano Huskies become only the third Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) school, since 1983-1984, to win three or more consecutive ACAC Men's Soccer Championships as they defeated the NAIT Ooks 1-0 at Sherwood Park's Emerald Hills Sports Pavilion yesterday.
(The Mount Royal Cougars claimed eight consecutive banners from 1990-1998 while Ooks had a run of three titles 1987-1990)
Scoring the winning goal for the Huskies was Fort McMurray's very own Joseph Lambele (No. 17 file photo courtesy of Erwin Kuhr).
“Joseph (Lambele) is a very special player and he is just getting into his peak,” said Keyano Huskies’ head coach Murad Sukru, of the 18 year-old rookie. “He will do a lot of damage at nationals.”
Lambele, a graduate of Holy Trinity High School, scored at the 6:30 mark after taking a pass from teammate Haris Bajric that deflected off an Ooks’ defender, dribbling past two defenders before placing the ball low to right hand side to find the mesh.
Huskies’ Jonathan Breggeling recorded his second straight shutout.
“We had lots of (shots on NAIT goal) and we should have capitalized on them and put the game away early,” said Sukru. “I talked to them (Huskies players) about how to play soccer and they have grasped it.”
Huskies opened the tournament with a bye, advancing to the gold medal game following a semi-final 4-0 shutout of the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder.
Scoring for the Huskies were Bajric, Lambele, Pedro Bianchi and Rodrigo Wogel Koebsch.
Lambele, who moved to Fort McMurray at the age of 13 from South Africa, said he is proud to wear Huskies’ colours.
“Graduating (from Holy Trinity High School) I thought that this would be the best program for me and the best opportunity,” said Lambele, who had two regular season goals in 10 appearances. “My mindset in the postseason was completely changed. At