U14 girls soccer team takes gold

Girls win every game in their first tourney of the year, and after only playing for a short time beforehand.

THESE TERRACE girls took home gold by winning every game they played at the Kamloops Slurpee Cup soccer tournament May long weekend. (Top

THE TERRACE girls U14 soccer team mopped the floor with their opponents at a tournament in Kamloops May long weekend.

It was the first tournament of the season for the girls aged 13 to 14 — and with barely two months of practices under their belt this year the girls won each of their four games played.

Games were played at the KYSA Slurpee Cup, a Kamloops-based tournament that sees soccer teams of all ages from across the province show up to play. This year, 11 Terrace teams ages 11 through 18 made the trip to compete March 19 to 20.

On the 19th, the U14 girls first played the Prince George Kodiaks, winning 2 – 0.

“The first game against Prince George showcased the strength of the forward line,” said the team’s coach  Teresa Wraight. “Hannah Jay’s quick feet were unstoppable and Carly Davis dominated the midfield.

“Along with the quick strikers, nothing could get through the solid defensive play of captain, Anke Dewit. Ashlee Wojnarowski, Mikaela Jefferies, Faith Nisyok and Grace Kennedy all dominated on the defensive line.”

Next, the U14 girls played strong as a team, defeating the Vernon Unitied team 2 – 1.

“Midfielders Sage Desjardins, Paige Payne, Sydney Desjardins, Emily Dodd and Carly Davis moved the ball fast and furious, setting Deborah Wraight up for two goals and another win,” said Wraight.

“Game three against Kamloops was a tight game.  Timely boots from stopper Ashlee Wojnarowski kept the ball in the offensive zone and the hard work paid off with timely goals from Kelsey Roberts and Ansone  Van Rensburg,” she said of the third game played, which ended in a 2 – 1 win for the Terrace girls.

This brought them to the finals, where emotions were running high as the girls fought hard for their gold medals in a 2 – 1 win against Kelowna United.

“The final game against Kelowna was a nail biter,” said Wraight. “A goal from Kelsey Roberts and a heart stopping corner kick from Paige Payne right to the foot of Carly Davis afforded them the win. Alexx Muller, the rookie goalie, made a name for herself with miraculous, near impossible saves.”

Now, the girls will be working hard in preparation for provincials.

Ten other Terrace teams played in the tournament as well.

Terrace’s U12 boys won three of their games and lost two. The U12 girls won two and lost two.

The U13 girls tied two games, lost one, and won their last. It was three wins and a loss for the U13 boys.

The U14 boys cleaned up with a 9 – 1 win on their first game, which was followed by one win and two losses.

Terrace’s U15 girls won three and lost one. The U15 boys lost all four games.

After two wins and one loss, the U16 boys dominated the field in their final game, winning 8 – 1 against Revelstoke.

The U-17 boys played in the U18 category, winning two games, tying one and losing their last. The U18 boys team won two, lost one, and tied their last game.

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