The Whistler Secondary senior boys soccer team just won the Level A zone finals, and will represent the Howe Sound School District at the Level A provincial championships.
They tied Pemberton 1-1 and beat Mt. Currie 3-0 in a tournament last weekend to win the right to represent the district.
Now that they have qualified, practices have intensified, and the team is heading to Merritt this weekend to play against three teams from that area to gain experience for the provincial championships, which take place between Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
The same Whistler team lost the honour to represent the district last year by a last minute goal, and put in the effort to ensure that it wouldnt happen again, according to coach Andreé Janyk.
"Many of the boys had never played soccer until five years ago, and now most of the team is in their senior year and are excited about reaching this goal to represent their school and district at the provincials," she said.
In addition, a lot of the team members play for Whistler during the summer, and were active in dryland training for skiing and snowboarding. The team even has a deal with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club that counts participation on the soccer team as credits towards their own dryland training program.
The team includes Michael Messeguer in goal, Michael Daugulis, Sacha Filler, Tyler Massey, Peter Skryabin, Chris Smith, Nick Vagelatos, Kyle Cuthiel, Brendan Edgar, Cole Stewart, Jerry McArthur, Ryan Black, Rory Evenson, Steven Romanin, Francois Ligeti, Tom Epplett, and Jeremy Caverly.
A lot of the players play for Whistler during the summer, and participated in soccer cross training training programs with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club.
The coaches for the team are Andreé Janyk, Bernard Messegeur and Dave Robson.