With his arms crossed Brock Macfarlane was casually leaning against his goal post when the RBC DC Gunners notched the goal that gave them a second consecutive masters (45+) championship Saturday in the North Cariboo Senior Soccer League.
Macfarlane had no doubt Craig Christie would beat the keeper from Subway/Queensway Motel on a penalty kick in the second 10-minute overtime to break a tie and give the Gunners a 2-1 win.
"Craig scores all the time," said Macfarlane, adding his teammate had both Gunners' goals. "It was awesome. All we had to do was play really great defence and keep them from scoring."
The masters final pitted the top teams during the regular season against each other. Subway finished the season on top of the standings with a 16-3-1 record while the Gunners were 9-7-4. The underdog role was different for the Gunners after being undefeated in 2011. Subway was a new team to the masters division this season formed with a collection of players from other teams.
Macfarlane is usually a forward for the Gunners but he offered to tend to the net after the team's regular goalkeeper went down with a knee injury earlier in the season. He took the blame for the own goal that tied the game for Subway.
"I made a mistake," he said. "I misjudged it and it went right underneath me."
The 52-year-old made up for his error late in the second overtime when he dove to cover the ball, preventing Subway's Kenny Won, the leading scorer in the masters division, from tying the game at 2-2 and sending the game to a shootout.
"I thought I was in trouble but I made up for it," said Macfarlane.
Christie was name MVP for the game.
The only disappointment for Macfarlane was his son Mitch was playing on the next field for the UNBC Timberwolves at the same time.
"It was awful because I wanted to watch my son," he said.
In the 30+ division Queensway Auto World (8-9-1) edged Eden Spas (6-11-1) by a 3-1 margin to claim the trophy, while Silent Cabinets (5-7-2) shutout the Prince George Youth Soccer Association under-17 Kodiaks 4-0 to win the Open division. Former UNBC T-wolf Scott DeBianchi, playing for Silent Cabinets, was named MVP for the playoffs.