With every passing game, the Sudbury District Soccer Club U18 Celtic Boys are settling in more and more with the flow of the play in the Central Soccer League. The locals recorded their second win of the season Saturday in their annual Breast Cancer Fundraising Game, edging Ajax FC 1-0.
With the game still scoreless midway through the second half, the Celtics methodically marched the ball upfield, with Johnny Grebe spotting Martin Bulic darting to his right, feeding the ball to his feet as the recent Collège Notre-Dame graduate drilled a shot into the top right corner.
"I was still in our half and started sprinting," said Bulic. "I didn't think I was going to catch up, but I kept going and going. I saw my guy (Grebe) was trapped with two players, so I called for the ball at the top of the box and ripped it top corner. It was perfect."
From there, keeper Kiel Cress would keep things clean, making a particularly key save with about seven minutes to play. Overall, a pretty solid effort that would see the Sudbury side improve their record to 2-3-1.
"We started off rough, the first ten or fifteen minutes, but it's like that every game," said Bulic. "Eventually, we kick it in, get our game together. Usually, after our first goal, we keep attacking, keep attacking, stay in their end."
"We like long balls, getting in the back door," Bulic continued. "Our wingers our quick, we have our fastest players on our sides. I'm not one of them, but I'll still play up. We were short today, but we made it work."
After opening the season with a couple of tough losses against Woodbridge, the Celtics regrouped, bouncing back with a nice 3-0 win over King United before playing to a 2-2 draw with Aurora.
"We lost our first couple of games, and then switched up some positions, really figuring out our formation." The Celtics are on the road next Saturday (July 19th), facing Sporting Soccer Academy of Toronto, and then welcoming both Whitby and Wexford to Sudbury the following weekend.