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Stallions claim Anderson Cup as soccer season winds down

Still plenty of action to come as teams vie for playoff championship honours, as well as the Dagostino Cup and the Milan Vrab Cup
The Sudbury Stallions earned their second Anderson Cup recently by defeating Sudbury Afro-Heritage 2-0 in Sudbury Regional Competitive Soccer action.

The Sudbury Stallions stampeded to a 2-0 win over Sudbury Afro-Heritage to claim the Anderson Cup in recent Sudbury Regional Competitive Soccer play.

“The Anderson Cup was originally donated in 1907 by local businessman John Anderson and is awarded annually to the team with the best regular season record,” the league said in a news release. “This season marked the 95th year that the Cup was presented.”

In all those years, the Anderson Cup has only not been awarded on a few occasions, said Cody Cacciotti, the league vice-president.

“There are only a few instances since its inception that the Anderson Cup has not been presented,” Cacciotti said. “The league paused during both world wars and most recently, COVID forced us to take a few years off, but we are thrilled that the men’s division is up and running with six teams this year.”

The Stallions are still in the running for the Playoff Championship and the Dagostino Cup. 

Playoff semi-finals kicked off Sept. 13 between the Afro-Heritage Jrs and Toros Latinos FC and between Kingsmount FC and the Stallions. 

The finals will be played Sept. 18, with kick-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Dagostino Cup final will be played Sept. 20 between Croatia Adria and the  Sudbury Stallions. Game time is 7 p.m. All games will be hosted at Queen’s Athletic Field.

The league advised that regular season action for the men’s Over-40 division runs into the first week of October. In that division, Afro-Heritage Srs, Caruso Club and the Italia Flyers are all in the running for the league title in a division that expanded to nine teams this year.

“The Over-40 division has really grown over the past few years,” said Cacciotti. “The games are still quite competitive and the teams are well-matched. The shorter field and 7v7 format has definitely appealed to a lot of the older guys.” 

The Milan Vrab Cup is also underway with semi-finals slated for Oct. 10. In the semis, the Italia Flyers take on Caruso Club while Afro-Heritage Srs clash with SC Italia. Those games will take place at  James Jerome Sports Complex at 7 p.m.