In an unusual course of events, the Cambrian Golden Shield have parted with Frank Anselmo, who was selected to the post just a few weeks before the start of training camp. Milton Lessis replaces Anselmo, and hopes to be able to steer the Golden Shield to a post-season berth.

“My two main objectives are to allow the captains to form the leadership group, so that they are in control of the team on the field, and also to use the experience that the college has, some of the coaches that have been involved in the past with the men’s program, allowing those existing resources to work well,” said Lessis.

Whether the Golden Shield can weather a mid-season change and qualify remains to be seen. Of interest is the lack of an indoor, close to regulation sized, soccer field in the region in terms of helping local talent maintain their ball skills in the off-season.

Mathieu (Archie) Archambault, a former Greater Sudbury Soccer Club Impact player, believes he has found a fairly solid option, in the interim: futsal.

“Futsal has helped me a lot,” he said. “You’re stuck in a small place with a lot of players, so you get used to touches in tight spaces. It helped a lot with my control in stressful situations.”

With at least one new soccer dome going up in the city over the winter, hopefully this will provide players like Archambault a place where they can continue to hone their skills through the frosty months.

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