On March 2, the Sunshine Coast U13 Storm hosted the South Burnaby U13 Metro Rangers for the Division 2 Cup Championship game at Hackett Park in Sechelt.
As top seeded team in their group, the U13 Storm were given home field advantage. The two teams had a similar record and it was anyone’s game. Both teams could taste the win, and every player showed up giving 100 per cent.
As the match started you could tell it was going to be a close one, with very evenly matched skill and abilities. Lots of back and forth play, lots of passing and many shots on net, but no one was getting past the two goalies.
In the middle of the first half the U13 storm had a lucky scramble in front of the net, with Brody Ewen taking advantage and hammering the ball in the net. From there the Storm were determined to hold on to the lead. The first goal gave them the adrenaline push they needed to step it up that little extra. Scoring one goal on a penalty shot and another goal scored because of strong passing and amazing teamwork, the U13 storm took the win 3-0.
The team had a tough start to their season, facing extremely stiff competition and many defeats at the beginning, but with great coaching, strong teamwork and phenomenal effort, the kids proved that hard work and determination do pay off. The kids improved and started moving from losses to ties to wins. Becoming this year’s 2018-19 Cup Champions on home field was the icing on the cake.
A special thanks goes out to amazing coaches Grant Marshall and Ron Stiver, who helped support the team’s development throughout the season, kept them positive and enthusiastic and encouraged all of them to do their best every time.