The incredible U14 Storm boys soccer team has set the Vancouver gold soccer division on fire with an absolutely awesome game against the number one team in the league, the Coquitlam Metro Ford Lazio, otherwise known as CMF Lazio.
As the sun set on the fantastic Percy Perry Field complex/stadium in Coquitlam, the lights came on and the number one team in the league welcomed our warriors, ranked fourth, to this world class venue. It was a very cold night and the reputation of CMF Lazio definitely created a certain sports tension that only the best teams can rise up and face.
The Sunshine Coast Storm FC is one of those teams.
As soon as the whistle blew, it became immediately apparent that if either team was to take home a victory it would take supreme team work and everyone on the field working as hard as possible all the time, which makes for unbelievable excitement from a fan’s perspective.
The Storm was a defensive machine, not letting the fast-paced, skilled CMF players into the box as often as they tried. When they did, they were stifled in their efforts to get many really dangerous shots on net. The few shots that did look on target and delivered properly by CMF met the undeniably talented goalkeeping that makes the Storm final defense so complete. It was a war absolutely every minute and remained 0-0 at the half, looking like this could go either way.
The second half exploded into overdrive as our Storm boys looked to capitalize on some sweet coordinated passing to penetrate the giant keeper from the CMF side. A beautiful corner kick delivered square in front of the net by the Storm was slotted in for the first goal of the game, 1-0 Storm. CMF did not take this lightly and in fact upped the ante by communicating loudly with each other and revving up the team.
The Storm equalled the increased CMF energy level and even threw more gas on the fire by defending extra well and putting together a host of attacks, professional level “give and goes” that eventually led to the next goal, picture perfect dominance all the way to the final shot in the back of the net, Storm 2, CMF 0.
With this win the Storm are now tied at the top of the table with CMF with 19 points and have two games in hand, which could potentially put them out in front as the season plays out. It is becoming very apparent to the fans, coaches and the other teams in Vancouver that this version of the U14 boys Storm soccer team, no matter what you throw at them, your record and reputation are not enough to topple this juggernaut of skill.
The next Storm game is here at home, noon Saturday, Dec. 8 at the lower Kinnikinnick field in Sechelt. Check the SCYSA website to confirm.
– By Patrick Fitzsimons