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Rangers FC repeat as league champions


It was not easy, but the Dauphin Rangers FC are champions for the second year in a row.
The Rangers handed Old Castle United their first loss at the most important time of the season, beating the Brandon squad 5-4 on penalty kicks in the Westman Soccer League final, Sunday in Brandon.
David Duke paced the Rangers with a pair of goals. Junior Davila and Zach Thiessen added singles.
According to Rangers player-coach Jason Dando, the game was a back-and-forth affair, with the teams trading the lead throughout the contest.
“You couldn’t ask for anything better for a final,” he said.
The Rangers, Dando said, were passing the ball well and reading the plays of Old Castle. Two of Dauphin’s goals, he added, came off of set plays.
“One off a corner kick and one off a free kick. We made those work for us this time,” he added.
After winning last year’s league championship on their home pitch, it felt especially good to win on the road.
“It was awesome. That was their first loss of the year. So it was nice to make their first loss a meaningful one,” Dando said.
Keeper Charles Wesselius, Dando added, stood on his head during the penalty kicks. The first three shooters for each team found the back of the net, then the next three all missed.
After Old Castle missed on their seventh attempt, Dauphin scored the goal that clinched the championship.
“It was a good win. It feels good,” Dando said.

Doug Zywina