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United End Three-Game Losing Streak, Top Saksatoon, 4-2

December 8, 2008 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - Calgary United News Release

Calgary United bounced back from a disappointing road trip last weekend with a hard fought 4-2 victory over the Saskatoon Accelerators on Saturday night at the Soccer Center in Calgary . The win moved United to 3-3 for the season, and halted a slide that included consecutive losses to Edmonton, St. Louis and Texas .

The game was Saskatoon's first of the year, and despite the loss, the club looked younger and fitter than a year ago, but it was Calgary that came out the stronger side in the opening quarter. Nic Reyes pounced on a rebound at the 10:58 mark, after Accelerators keeper Travis Hatzel made a brilliant save from point blank range, and calmly stroked it into the bottom right corner for the opening goal.

Calgary was strong and organized once again in the final third, but could only beat Hatzel that one time, and Saskatoon settled down near the tail end of the quarter and threatened Bryan Klaus in the Calgary net with odd man rushes on the counter attack.

In the second quarter the teams traded chances going forward, until a Fran Miron penalty after five minutes allowed Saskatoon an extra bit of space that they used to settle down their passing game. Although they failed to score on the advantage, Saskatoon pressed Calgary for the remainder of the half, and was the better side heading into the break. Klaus had a superb 15 minutes to keep it 1-0 Calgary .

Both teams came out flying after the intermission and traded chances at both ends of the park in the most entertain stretch of football of the evening, but the lack of game experience showed on the Accelerators late in the quarter when three goals in a five minute stretch did them in. Dean Northover pounded one in from the right point with 5:05 to go in the quarter, and then Kyle Yamada and Fran Miron followed up before the buzzer, with assists going to Matt Deeprose and Yamada respectively.

Saskatoon got one back early in the fourth, and then came a little closer when a shot deflected in past Klaus off Allen Jovica's chest, but despite Saskatoon's tenacious efforts Calgary held them off for a 4-2 win.

Brendan Garritty had a solid game at the back for Saskatoon that earned him man of the match. Klaus' second quarter heroics and overall solid play got him the nod for Calgary , with honorable mention going to Reyes, Yamada and Northover.

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