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Rep soccer team close to the crown

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An Under 16 rep soccer team made up of players from Whistler and Pemberton youth soccer clubs entered its second tournament in as many weeks this past weekend, this time taking part in the Lynn Valley Soccer Tournament Classic.

The team finished with a record of two wins and two losses, and was close to beating the team that went on to win the tournament when they ran out of time.

Because of injuries and illness the team went co-ed, with five girls joining the team. The majority of players were also far younger than 16, with only five players of the right age to play in the tournament, joined by nine players in Grade 9 and two players in Grade 8.

In their first game against an all-male and true Under 16 from Marpole, Whistler was up 2-1 on goals from Chris Walsh and Kyle Hustins with just five minutes remaining. Marpole managed to tie the game in regulation on what coaches called an offside shot, and the team gave up two unanswered goals in overtime.

In their second match, Whistler and Pemberton players settled down to beat a team from the Cliff Avenue Club in Burnaby 1-0 on a goal by Kyle Jacobs. Goalie Harrison Shrimpton got the shutout.

Next up was the Lynn Valley team that was hosting the tournament. The Sea to Sky rep players were solid once again, with Nick Wetaski scoring in what would turn into a 2-1 defeat.

Their last game was against the Cliff Avenue team once again, with Whistler winning by 2-1 with Nick Wetaski scoring on a penalty kick, and Harlan Malkowich scoring on a pass from Jonas Horvath.

Other players were Rachel Leverton, Kiele Kirkegaard, Kitty Norman, Lucy Hawksbee, Simone Beaudry, Felix Jauvin, Antonie Baradel, Soren Elsay and Robin Esseltine. Peter Shrimpton is the head coach, assisted by Bernard Messeguer and Stefano Baradel.

Many of the same players will be in the lineup this weekend as the rep team head to a tournament hosted by South Burnaby Metro Club. It's an Under 17 tournament, and Grade 11 students are now able to participate.

Community sport meeting on March 26

The Resort Municipality of Whistler will be releasing the details of its WE SUPPORT Whistler elite athlete support program at a meeting on March 26, inviting representatives from all Whistler community sports organizations to learn more about the program. Community groups can receive Meadow Park passes for elite athletes in their programs, based on enrollment.

The RMOW will also roll out the WE INSPIRE aspect of the program that will recognize coaches, coaching development, and athlete achievement at community events.

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