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Terrace girls triumphant at soccer provincials

Members of the Terrace U16 girls’ soccer team show off the bronze medals they earned at BC Soccer B Cup Provincials in Chilliwack two weekends ago. - Contributed
Members of the Terrace U16 girls’ soccer team show off the bronze medals they earned at BC Soccer B Cup Provincials in Chilliwack two weekends ago.
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Seven Terrace teams got competitive at BC Soccer provincials July 5 and 6, with the U16 girls team bringing home bronze. Here’s a recap of the U16 girls’ weekend:

Game one vs Kelowna United

Terrace started the game off strong with two goals by striker Jenna Hoornenborg in the first 10 minutes. But Kelowna responded 45 seconds after the second goal to put the game at 2 - 1 at the half. A barrage of goals came in the first 10 minutes of the second half. With Hoornenborg taking credit for a Kelowna own goal giving her the hat trick, Kelowna responded 1:36 later. Terrace then got two quick goals by – new to the team this year – striker Jewel Hall and attacking midfielder Paige Payne. Kelowna responded one more time before strong defending from Anke deWit, Ashlee Wojnarowski, Mikaela Jeffery, Emily Dodd, Emma Kenmuir and striker turned defender for the game Alexx Muller took over the game and kept it at 5 to 3.

Game two vs the host Chilliwack Attack

Game two put Terrace up against the host Chilliwack Attack on their home turf field – something Terrace has never played on. With tight defending by both teams, it took an error on Terrace’s part for Chilliwack to send the only goal of the game into the back of the net in the 50th minute. Goalkeeper Alex Bujtas was forced to make multiple diving saves to keep the game at 1 and Terrace strikers found it difficult to learn the bounces and how the ball rolled on the turn field.

It seemed that Terrace was in a “Death Pool” as they call it in the World Cup as after 2 games each, all 4 teams had 3 points with a win and loss each.

Game three vs Tsawwassen

Going into this game, Terrace knew if they won, they would be playing in a medal match the following day but unsure of which one.

It was clear from the beginning of the game that it was going to be low scoring and hard fought. The lone goal of the game was scored by Terrace striker Alexx Muller who made the Tsawwassen goalkeeper pay for dropping the ball as she made an initial save in the 68th minute of the game.

At the end of group stages, Terrace was tied with the host for first with 6 points. Unfortunately, Chilliwack had the tie breaker with the head-to-head game going in their favour, meaning Terrace would play for bronze in the crossover game on Sunday.

Game four vs Squamish Fireballs

Game four brought Terrace back to the turf field again, but unlike Game two, they now had a bit of experience playing on the turf. Terrace controlled most of the game but could not find the back of the Squamish net. Sound defending again with the help of defending midfielder Deb Wraight kept Squamish away from the Terrace goal. At the 77th minute of a 80 minute game, Terrace finally broke the tie with a corner kick sent in by Paige Payne that Jenna Hoornenborg smashed in the back of the net scoring her fourth goal of the tournament. Terrace went down to one striker and added another defending midfielder to close out the game to seal the bronze medal. Goalkeeper Alex Bujtas recorded her second shutout of the tournament only allowing one goal after Game one.

The U16 team was one of two girls teams competing in Chilliwack, while the boys teams headed to Richmond.

Other Terrace team results: U14 girls - 7th place; U13 boys - 8th place; U14 boys - 4th place; U15 boys - 4th place; U16 boys - 5th place; U18 boys - 5th place.

 

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