Bajan youth finish third
The touring Barbados Soccer Academy (BSA) Under-19 team defeated Boca United Academy 2-1 yesterday in Florida to finish third in the 2014 CASA Youth Classic Tournament.
The BSA went one goal down after conceding a soft penalty early in the game. However, they rallied after this early setback and put significant pressure on their opponents’ defense. During this period Carl Hinkson played a delightfully lobbed through-ball ahead of the Boca United defense which was clinically finished by Shaquille Stewart into the bottom corner to being parity to the scoreline.
The game was never truly out of BSA’s reach as they continued to play solidly in both the defense and attack as they worked the ball about the field with control. It was not long after the start of the second half that BSA finally took the lead when Stewart and Hinkson combined again, this time Stewart the provider and Hinkson the finisher.
The Bajan lads then saw the game out to the finish with solid performances by the entire team to claim third place.
On Saturday the BSA had defeated Miramar 1-0 to qualify for the third and fourth place playoff against Boca United Academy.
In the first half of that match the BSA had a number of chances but failed to convert any of them. At the half Daquan Marshall and Rasheed Clarke were replaced by Azarel Croney and Jakobi Boucher to bolster the attack. The BSA finally broke the deadlock in the 60th minute. A curling, left-footed cross from Nicholas Jones was bundled over the line by Edward Okey. Following the goal, the entire BSA team played solid defence, with the occasional offensive run, to see the game out to a successful finish.
The BSA team arrived in Florida on December 16 to showcase their skills to the many US coaches attending the matches. Thus far, there has been a fervent level of interest in a number of the BSA players.
Head of the BSA, Jabez “ Jack” Bovell, said the objective of the BSA was to secure as many scholarships for its members and or professional contracts as possible.
“Additionally, we strive to form as many alliances as possible. Over the next week the team will play friendly matches against local soccer academies,” he said. Eight teams took part in the competition.