Two southern Alberta rivals teamed up for an instant classic that represented all that is great about the sport of futsal. Skilled plays, ferocious comebacks and heated emotion were all on display in a game that couldn't be contained to 50 minutes, as the Olds College Broncos earned the ACAC bronze medal with an 8-7 overtime victory over the host Lethbridge College Kodiaks.
Once the game's first goal came, it didn't take long for the second and third to follow. Ten minutes into the game, the Kodiaks scored twice in 55 seconds, first on a great pass from Wilson Ntignee to Jaden Veluw, then on a beautiful rush and chip shot by Jimmy Bukuru. But the Broncos replied just 40 seconds later on a long blast from Abu Bangura to cut the Kodiaks lead to 2-1. Late in the half, Ntignee was once again the set-up man, feathering a pass to James Britton for a tap-in and a 3-1 halftime lead.
The second half was like a ping pong match with the team's trading goals. With the score 4-2 midway through the frame, Gromenida showed off the skill that has allowed him to pile up goals in bunches this weekend, with a deft touch through two sets of legs to make it 4-3. Ntignee replied as he ripped home his ninth goal of the tournament from the centre court line to restore the two-goal lead. The Broncos continued to push, as Luiz Guimaraes scored to make it 5-4, but he received a red card for an altercation immediately afterwards, costing his team its second-leading scorer. Moments later, Ntignee made another beautiful pass to set up Bukuru's second of the game to make it 6-4 Kodiaks. But the Broncos had a late comeback brewing as Landon Murphy scored, then Olds was awarded another penalty kick with just 44 seconds remaining, that Gromenida scored to complete his hat trick and tie it at six, forcing the 10 minute overtime period.
Early in the extra frame, Ntignee received a red card, which gave Gromenida his third penalty kick of the match. He made no mistake for his fourth goal of the game and tournament-leading 15th, putting the Broncos up 7-6 for their first lead of the game. This time it was the Kodiaks who fought back, as a corner kick found Veluw in front for his second of the match to tie it 7-7 with under 2:30 to play. But with just 23 seconds left on the clock, the Broncos went ahead to stay as Nicolas Depot wired a shot into the top corner to give Olds the win.
This is the second-straight ACAC medal for the Broncos after they earned a bronze last season.
Olds: Gromenida 4, Bangura, Guimaraes, Murphy, Depot
Lethbridge: Veluw 2, Bukuru 2, Britton, Knight, Ntignee
Players of the game:
Olds: Fabian Gromenida
Lethbridge: Kohl Wandyka