After a long winter break the U13 Thunder Girls Rep soccer team took to the field last weekend against Marpole, one of the top teams in their gold division.
The teams played to a 1-1 tie keeping Thunder in top spot in the division.
Midfielders Alyssa Rive, Pearl Deasey, Hollie Piepjohn and Foofy Foody continued to pound the ball up the field to the wingers Sophie Fiedler, Kiah Duffy, Holly Gray-Pearl and Sienna Lewarne who took it to the net for shot after shot until Georgie Aleong sent Lucy Schick on a through ball who deaked out the goalie to get Thunder on the board.
Marpole pressed hard in the second half, but defenders Geordie Owen, Melissa Iverson, Emma Cooney, Lulu Kammerle, Nisha Wells and Ingrid Hansen kept them at bay with only a few shots on net that goalie Lydia Harvey-Lloyd was able to handle.
On a double-header weekend, the Scorpions had a rematch against the Vancouver Predators, who knocked the Scorpions out of the Pioneer Cup in November.
Bradley Huddlestone started the Scorpionsí attack, with a crisp shot that was stopped by the keeper, but Jordan Kammerle hammered in the rebound.
Shortly after that, Everett August fired off a big shot from outside the 18, that sailed into the top of the net. Finn Rogers and Duncan Armstrong made quick passes to Everett and Jordan, with Ben Luporini eventually burying the ball behind the helpless keeper.†
Centrebacks Liam Rankin and Keegan Inkster used their speed and solid strength to challenge the Predatorsí attackers. Evan Griffin, Cole Cooney and Philip Fogarty worked with the wingers, Finn, Ben and Gabe Goerzen to keep the ball near the perimeter.†
The Predators broke through two times, giving goalkeeper Tristan Tidder the opportunity to use his athleticism to stop the ball and send his team back onto the attack. The final goal of the game came moments before the final whistle, when Everett kicked a huge shot, almost from centre, that sailed over the keeper into the top of the net for the 4-0 win.
On Sunday the Scorpions played the first round of the North Shore Cup, at Ambleside against the North Vancouver Torrent.
Most of the Scorpions seemed fatigued, but Duncan and Finnís energy eventually inspired the rest of the team. With the match tied 0-0 at the half, determination set in and the Scorpions sustained pressure in the Torrentís side of the field.
After several corner kicks, Bradley eventually scored the first Scorpionsí goal.
The Torrent responded with a near miss on the Scorpionsí net.
The Scorpions defence sent a big kick to Jordan Kammerle, who ran around the entire Torrent defence, and took a tight angle shot that landed just inside the far side of the net, for the Scorpionsí second and final goal.
The Scorpions have advanced to the second round of the North Shore Cup, to be played soon against the West Vancouver Hawks, in Sechelt.