Kispiox coach Jim Angus pumps up the team before the masters final with Kitwanga. The Riverboat Days tournament has divisions for men’s, masters and women’s teams, and a Terrace team won in women’s.

Riverboat Days soccer includes tight women’s rivalry

The ladies division went to a shootout, while the other final games were less intense

It’s always a tight rivalry between the women’s teams at the Riverboat Days soccer tournament, and this year was no exception.

The Terrace Tritons have faced the Kitwanga Wildcats in the finals for three years in a row, and this year the Tritons took the victory in a final shootout.

The finals were the exact reverse of an earlier game in the tournament, where Kitwanga and Terrace played a close match, going into a shootout after tying 1-1.

“It was very close, the whole game was neck-and-neck,” said Terrace co-captain Ashley Morgan.

Kitwanga overcame in the shootout, so the Tritons had to take the backdoor to battle back into the finals, where they faced Kitwanga again for title.

The Tritons were down 2-0 early on in the game, but managed to score two goals in the second half to tie it up by the end.

The game was topped up with a 15-minute overtime, but both teams held strong, launching the teams into a final shootout where the Tritons won the game.

“This is our third year winning in a row,” said Morgan, adding that it’s a fun rivalry every year.

As for the other divisions in the Riverboat Days Tournament, the men’s victor was the Smithers Gunners, who conquered Hazelton Strikers 4-0 in finals.

Kitwanga took the title in the master’s division, beating the Kispiox Eagles 5-2.

 

Surinder Dhaliwal, playing for Kitwanga in the masters division, battles for the ball with Jackie Brown from Kispiox in the final match of the Riverboat Days soccer tournament Aug. 7. In thebackground is Mike Dennome. Kitwanga beat Kispiox 5-2 to take the win. Photo by Jackie Lieuwen

Players battle for the header in the elimination match between Gitsegukla Young Blood and Gitanyow Flying Gs. Competing in the Riverboat Days Soccer Tournament, in yellow L-R are Joshua Wesley and Kaimen Starr from Gitsegukla, and in white are Johnny Martin, Matthew Bernard and Peter Brown from Gitanyow.

Matt Walker from Gitsequkla cuts in front of Taylor Russell from Gitanyow an intense master’s elimination game Saturday night.

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