After a promising start at a tournament in Okanagan back in April the Sea to Sky United U16 boys soccer team made good on their potential at the Kamloops Cup, placing first overall against rep teams from around the province. It was a tall order for the team, which has only been together for two months, and which was entered in a tournament for kids up to the age of 17. Some Sea to Sky players were two and three years younger than their competition.
The Sea to Sky United team started off strong, scoring eight goals and posting three shutouts during the opening round robin. In their first game against Point Grey goals were scored by Squamish's Jotty Sidhu and Whistler's Will Robson in the first half, with goals from Kyle Jacobs and Hanx Schranz of Pemberton in the second half. Harrison Shrimpton was lost for the rest of the tournament with an ankle injury.
Their next game was against the Interior Whitecaps, which Hans Schranz clinched with a pair of goals. In the third game they faced a much tougher Peace Arch squad, but came away with another 2-0 win with goals by Taran Bir and Chad Pereira of Squamish.
That put Sea to Sky in the finals where they faced the Peace Arch team once again.
Chad Pereira scored first in that game, but the lead was short-lived as Peace Arch scored on Sea to Sky for the first time in the tournament. Sea to Sky pulled ahead again on a Jotty Sidhu header, but a controversial corner kick allowed Peace Arch to even the score once again. It looked like the game would go into overtime when Hans Schranz drew an interference call in the final minute, and Pereira set up another goal by Schranz to win the Kamloops Cup.
"It is truly remarkable that a group of local lads came out on top in what is arguably the best known and most popular tournament in Western Canada. Almost 150 teams competed and by winning at a higher age level they served notice to all that youth soccer in the corridor is now a force to be reckoned with at the highest levels of play," said team manager Peter Shrimpton.
Also on the team were Pemberton's Connor Russell, Sam McKoy and Arnold Dan, and Squamish's Jatinder Tehara, Alex McRae and Mitchell Roberts.
Up next for the team is an exhibition game against the Women's Vancouver Whitecaps teams, followed by the Port Moody Gold Tournament from May 30-31.
U17 team places third in Slurpee Cup
The Whistler-Pemberton Under 17 women's rep team placed third in the recent Slurpee Cup competition at the Kamloops Cup tournament. Competition was tougher than expected, as some teams dropped out of the tournament and left the corridor girls facing top teams.
This is the first time the girls played together as a team. To date they haven't even had time to practice.
Timberwolves place second in U15
The Pemberton Timberwolves U15 girls soccer team managed a second place finish at Kamloops.
The team started slowly, tying the Maple Ridge Terminators 0-0 and the Williams Lake team 1-1 in their first two games. They found themselves down 2-0 in their third game against Rossland but goals by Tachona Jones and Charley Field tied the game at 2-2, good enough to put the Timberwolves into the finals.
They faced the Rossland team one again for the gold medal, and lost 2-1 to claim the silver medal.
The team has been together for four years, since Pemberton fielded an Under 11 elite team. Other players on the team were Rachel Leverton, Lucy Hawksby, Desirae Townley, Emma Chadsey, Hailey LaBlanc, Vera Edmonds, Simone Beaudry, Maddy Kerr, Joanna Read, Kitty Normal, Sierra Townley, Bronwyn Green and goalie Jena Wilkins. The team is coached by Kim Townley, with Donna Kerr helping manage the program.