Thunderbirds win gold, earn spot in Coastal Cup

U17 boys soccer

Sunshine Coast Thunderbirds are the U17 North Shore District Champions after a hard-fought win in North Vancouver last Saturday. The 2-0 victory over North Vancouver Torrent earned the boys a spot in the Coastal Cup where they will compete for a berth to Provincials.

The win didn’t come without a cost as in-form striker Casey Baines went down with a badly sprained knee in the 30th minute. Already missing two others to injury, the T-birds rallied and responded with a 40th minute beauty of a goal when Cole Schutz saw his corner kick headed in at the back post by centre back Quin Huibers. 

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Having proven difficult to score on all season, Torrent was not going to go down easy, but they could not get much past a tough T-birds defence with keeper Isaac Oka acrobatically tipping over the bar when called upon. With about 30 minutes to go, Wyatt Baldwin found the back of the net for a great team goal following a nice phase of inter-passing up the field from the back.

The goal gave the Coast boys and their fans some breathing room as they pushed on to the well-deserved win and an extended season.

The Thunderbirds play this weekend in Surrey’s Mayors Cup, before facing Surrey’s champ in a tough opening Coastal Cup game April 1 at Kinnickinnik.

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