Ian Marshall’s Team A had only three players and played a very strong team — Martin Blackwell’s Roberts Creek team — in Sunshine Coast Youth Soccer Association House League action last Saturday.
Outnumbered seven players to three, everyone managed to play the entire game with a lot of enthusiasm.
Electric FC pulled out a win against the Red Raspberries.
Katie Kennelly played a strong first half in goal, while Elizabeth Hood was equally impressive in the second half, making some great saves.
The rest of the team (Bianca Thompson, Leela Fernandes, Megan Kraus, Clara Dyson, Bonnie Rae, Faye Duffy, Ella Campbell, Piper Goertzen) also played very strong with crisp passing, strong defence and scoring.
The Red Raspberries also played a strong game and gave Electric FC all they could handle.
Another hard fought game took place between Navy and Green this week.
An exciting first half saw goals from Nicolas and Matthew Browton for Navy and Nile Lebbell for Green.
Green tied things up early in the second half after Rowan Moore deflected one off a Navy defender. Two more goals from Nicolas gave him the hat trick, and Navy was back up by two.
Showing great team character, Green dug deep and was rewarded when Jimi Martin had a nice conversion off a penalty shot.
Several close calls later, including a ball that rolled wide by inches, time expired on this exciting match.
Both coaches were happy with their players’ performance on the pitch and are looking forward to meeting in the year-end tournament March 2.
Teams Orange and Red played their last league game together last Saturday.
The first half was fast paced and both teams were very strong defensively.
Keeran Peele of Red did a great job in the net by deflecting many possible goals, while Ruben Pearl showed great hustle and was a standout for his team.
Oranges’ Xavier Raven-stone showed a good turnaround of speed and ball control, which allowed him to score a goal in the first half.
During the second half, Team Orange’s forwards really took control. Sam Goss showed real versatility while he played in multiple positions, scoring two goals. Matthew Risebrough was rock solid on defence, and also had a beautiful shot off the post and nearly scored a goal. Nofa Messner showed great athletic ability by pulling the ball out of the air with his feet. Orange won the game 6-2.
U14 rep boys
The Scorpions played a chippy and suspenseful league game against Cliff Avenue in Burnaby last Saturday.
Jordan Kammerle and Bradley Huddlestone sent shots high over the net, and Everett August hit the cross bar. Quin Towert headed Jordan’s corner kick over the crossbar. This flurry of early offensive pressure from the Scorpions was followed by a push by Cliff Avenue.
Missing two regular defenders, Liam Rankin, Keegan Inkster, Cole Cooney and Gabe Goerzen needed to use their skill, positioning and endurance to handle the attackers. Keeper Tristan Tidder made three critical saves in the scoreless first half.
In the second half, Cliff Avenue came out strong, and Tristan continued to make key saves to keep his team in the game.
Ben Luporini, Finn Rogers, Justin Fodchuk and Liam all had their chances to score thwarted.
Finally, with only 10 minutes left, Duncan Armstrong carried the ball in and shot low for the first goal. Soon after, Ben scored himself a birthday goal, but the referee disallowed it, as he’d already called a foul against Cliff Avenue. Everett August converted the resulting free kick, making it 2-0.
Nifty passing from Quin to Ben to Jordan resulted in the final goal.
Fullback Cole had a particularly strong game, utilizing his speed, aggression and stamina until the final whistle.