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ZACH Toupin says he had the time of his life at the 2017 Canada Summer Games — the last, painful 24 hours notwithstanding.
The Winnipegger and his Manitoba teammates came up empty in the soccer medal round this weekend, losing the third-place contest for bronze to Quebec 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.
The defeat came a day after the host squad fell 1-0 to Alberta in the semis.
Toupin, 16, said the ache of losing to Quebec will take time to subside.
"It’s very disappointing. We gave it all we had but we didn’t get the result we wanted," he said. "It’s been an experience of a lifetime, something we’ll never forget... just so amazing. We really wanted that medal but couldn’t get it."
Quebec jumped out to a 2-0 early in the first half but Jo Owikoti cut the lead in the 34th minute for Team ’Toba.
After gaining possession on its own side of the midfield line, Manitoba worked the ball around to Marques Scott who lofted a shot toward the penalty area. Locked in a crowd, Owikoti leaped and directed a perfect header past the Alberta keeper.
That sparked the local lads, who had a boisterous crowd cheering their every move.
"It’s tough when you’re down two (goals) early but that goal (by Owikoti) definitely got our hopes up and we started pushing," said Toupin. "We controlled a lot of the game after that."
There would, however, be no miracle comeback.
"We played our hearts out," Toupin said.
— Jason Bell