The 2018/19 soccer season is well underway and the incredibly hard-working U14 Storm boys’ soccer team is making its mark in Vancouver this year with some wickedly exciting games week after week.
They have been together as a team for four years with a consistent line up of boys and coaches, a few changes over the years, giving them the advantage of becoming a really cohesive unit. It became truly apparent this past Saturday at home on the lush, green Shirley Macey field against the West Vancouver FC Spuraways. This game was the first of the BC Cup Series, a separate championship from the regular season which is a “do or die” type format, making every game feel like potentially the last, very intense soccer.
The rain stopped perfectly for this game, the two teams knew what was on the line, and the fans packed the bleachers ready to cheer for the hometown Storm. Everyone watched as the Storm surged to full speed right off the whistle, giving way to some sweet offensive attacks and several goals in the first half from the local Storm FC.
It was 4-0 at the half and the Storm kept it there all the way through the second half to end the game with a fantastic win. The Spuraways gave everything they had to figure out how to get out in front of this Storm juggernaut and had several attempts at net but the Storm defence and goal-keeping made sure all were thwarted time after time to keep a clean sheet for the first BC Cup game of the year.
The boys will have a break this coming weekend without a scheduled game but are back on the Coast Nov. 10 to face the North Vancouver Riptide at noon, again at Shirley Macey. Check the Sunshine Coast Youth Soccer Association website to confirm. Clear that date on your calendar and come watch what this awesome soccer team can do – it is truly superb soccer.
– Submitted by Patrick Fitzsimons