Ya Yas win rain soaked final

David Rogers/Contributing Writer / Staff writer
April 4, 2014 01:00 AM

Angela Muir from Ya Yas goes up for a header while Tracey Cousins, far left, Grace Bland, #16, and Teagan Crozier, far right, defend for Source during Saturday's round robin game in the women's soccer league playoffs at Ted Dixon field in Sechelt. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. Ya Yas went on to win the championship with a 4-2 win over Blazers in Sunday's final. See more photos and video at www.coastreporter.net

The Ya Yas won the 2014 women's soccer league title after defeating the Blazers 4-2 in a rain-soaked championship game last Sunday at Ted Dixon field in Sechelt.

Halftime had Blazers up 1-0 on a strike from Ashley Taylor, while in net Blazers' keeper Astrid Bradley did cartwheels and an impersonation of Wonder Woman stopping bullets with her bracelets to keep the Ya Yas at bay.

In the second half, the Ya Yas relentless firepower increased in velocity, and with Taylor triple teamed, the mother-daughter Muir combo of Angela and Kyla banged away at the net, putting away four.

Jacquie Ostrosky's late goal made the score close, but the Ya Yas hung on for the win.

The weekend tournament started on Saturday with Sitas, Banana Peppers, Mayhem, Source, Ya Yas and Blazers all putting their best cleat forward to bring home the hardware. The six teams were divided into two pools, with first and second place Ya Yas and Blazers each holding the top seed in the two pools.

After round robin play, Sitas and Mayhem battled for the Beer Cup, with Mayhem emerging as the repeat winner, though coach Grant Marshall had to be requested to stop picking at the duct tape, at least until after the team photo.

The semifinals lined up pretty much according to the league standings.

On field one, the keen Banana Peppers looked to slay the women's league Goliaths, Ya Yas, having earlier beat them in one of their only defeats. However, this story didn't end with the giant falling and the underdog standing tall, but rather with the Ya Yas stomping the upstarts in a 2-0 win.

Field two had a closer contest, as Source and Blazers locked down their defences, keeping Sara Schutz, Kara Pinfold and the rest of Source handcuffed for most of the way. Taylor scored once for Blazers with Diamond August hitting the mesh for Source. The game went to a golden goal, and the golden girl was Dani Thompson, scoring just before the looming shootout to send the Blazers to the final.

The tournament's best offensive player was Angela Muir from the Ya Yas, while best defensive player honours went to Blazers' Astrid Bradbury.

Most inspirational player was again Schutz from Source and best teammate was voted to be Jenna Scott from the Banana Peppers.

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