The show must go on, is the often-repeated phrase in entertainment. In B.C. youth soccer — as every player and parent knows — the game often goes on despite unfavourable weather.
This was certainly the case for the Whistler Secondary School boys' soccer squad on Oct. 17 when the Storm faced Langley's D.W. Poppy Secondary on the Storm's home pitch, in unrelenting, torrential rain.
Despite the challenging field conditions both AA teams battled it out to the end. Ultimately, Whistler's Storm fell to the Redhawks, 4-2.
The game tilted in the Redhawks' favour early in the game as D.W. earned a penalty, then followed with a volley, making it 2-0 for the Redhawks in the first half.
Whistler came back with a goal, but Langley followed, finding the back of the net two more times in quick succession.
The Storm, which boasts eight international students on its roster, refused to give up and the team — and the weather — kicked it up a notch in the second half.
In the final minutes the Storm scored from a penalty, narrowing the defeat to two.
Seniors Luca Gillot and Morgan Weddell scored the Whistler goals.
Regardless of the conditions the teams had to battle, Storm team captain Morgan Weddell didn't let his team off lightly after the game, "We didn't finish our chances," he told the Pique by email.
Team manager Angela Mellor said the teams deserved credit for strong play.
"Both teams played a good game with many scoring opportunities," she said by email.
Goal scorers for Langley were Marko Markusi, Michael Bonetti, and Jake Reid, who netted two on the game.
After five friendly matches, the Storm is 2-2-1 on the season. The squad hopes to get a game against Squamish's Howe Sound Secondary this week. The date and time of that game is still to be set.