The St. Albert Rangers remain unbeaten as the top division 1B team in the masters 35-plus men’s league.
Marc Loiselle potted the winner midway through the second half as the Rangers (4-0-2) edged Palermo Masters FC 2-1 Sunday at ESA Complex.
Alan Smith opened the scoring with his seventh of the season, but sloppy defence in the back end allowed Palermo (2-1-1) to slot the equalizer before the break.
Smith ranks second behind teammate Kevin O’Kell’s eight goals in the division scoring race.
The Rangers closed out their fourth consecutive victory by fighting through Palermo’s offensive pressure at the tail end of the second half.
The next Edmonton District Soccer Association match is Friday against Global United Reserve (0-4-1) at 8:15 p.m. at Foote Field.
Division 1A Impact
The St. Albert Impact 4 division 1A women’s team is closing in on first place in the Edmonton District Soccer Association after recording four out of a possible six points in a three-day span.
Brittany Kindzierski netted the lone goal and Anastacia Lalonde was between the posts in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with ASC Fury/KC Trojans 2 (3-2-3) at ESA Complex.
Monday's lopsided 7-0 decision against Edmonton Warriors 2 (1-9) at Riel Park was highlighted by Shyanne Walton’s hat trick. Kindzierski added a pair while Brittany Purkis and Sarah Araujo also scored in support of Lalonde’s shutout.
The latest division scoring stats list Kindzierski and Walton as the top two goal-getters with 13 and 12, respectively.
The Impact (8-2-1) are now two points behind first-place Wind (9-1) with one less match played.
Head-to-head, the Impact fell 4-3 May 25 before handing the Wind its first loss, 4-2 June 17.
Upcoming for the 2018 Tier I provincial champions is Sherwood Park Phoenix Reserves 2 (4-3-2) July 6 at 1 p.m. at Strathcona Athletic Park.
Division 2A Impact
The St. Albert Impact 5 women’s team is facing a stiff challenge from a pair of pennant contenders in the division 2A table in the Edmonton District Soccer Association.
The first-place Impact (6-0-2) is one point ahead of Sherwood Park Phoenix 3 (6-1-1) and three in front of FC Magic (5-2-2) after Sunday’s 3-0 forfeit win against Selects FC (0-6-2).
The Impact and Selects FC were scheduled to play Thursday at Coronation Park and the score was unavailable at press time.
The next match is July 4 against FC Magic at 8:15 p.m. at Coronation Park.
The Impact’s offensive leaders are Julia McDougall with seven goals for third place in division scoring and six for Jissell Lafoy.
Impact 2 premier
The St. Albert Impact 2 premier women found the back of the net eight times in the premier team’s fifth win in a row in the Edmonton District Soccer Association.
Freya Feely scored three times, Alana Mawhinney and Ally Bodner tallied twice, and Ava Bourbonnais also connected in Sunday’s 8-0 drubbing of Xavier Academy (3-8) at Foote Field.
The win was the third in a row for the Impact (5-3-2), unbeaten in six matches while going 4-0-2.
Tuesday’s match against Angels Scottish SC 2 (5-5-1) at Riel Park was rained out.
League play continues against Sherwood Park Phoenix 1 (7-3-2) Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Riel Park.
Impact 1 premier
Brittany Kindzierski scored her 10th goal of the season in a losing cause as the St. Albert Impact 1 premier women’s team went down to defeat against the 2018 provincial champions.
Tuesday’s 5-1 result against Northwest United 2 (11-0-1) at ESA Complex marked the third consecutive setback for the Impact (5-6) in the Edmonton District Soccer Association.
Northwest also blanked the Impact 6-0 May 26.
Northwest had allowed only one goal against all season before Kindzierski filled the net.
Kindzierski and Raeghan McCarthy of Northwest are tied for top spot in the premier scoring race with 10 goals apiece.
Last year the Impact finished second behind Northwest in the premier table and at provincials.
Tuesday’s match between the Impact and St. Albert Impact 3 (3-6-1) kicks off at 8:15 p.m. at Riel Park.
Impact 3 is 0-4-1 since its last win, 2-1 against FC Excelsior 1 (0-12) May 26. Rain washed out the rematch this weekend at Riel Park.