Morning Star Staff
There’s no better way to wrap up a soccer season than with a gold medal.
The Vernon United Tolko U-11 Girls MSE Precast Blues won the Shuswap FC Twin Anchors Shore ‘N’ Score Cup last weekend.
The Blues played their first game against the Williams Lake Stars, dumping the Laketown squad 6-1.
Game MVP (chosen by the other team) Kaiden Sherwood scored early on a a rebound from the Williams Lake keeper, and then, less than a minute later, scored another beauty with an assist from the goal post.
Georgia Wenger scored on a rebound off a Sophie Dennis shot to make it 3-0.
After the Stars got one back, the Blues’ Sarah Claeys answered, assisted by Kiera Dail.
In the second half, the Blues got goals from Sherwood and Dennis.
Vernon then took on the Williams Lake Storm and held on for a 2-1 victory.
Jorja Catt sunk one in midway through the first half after a dazzling corner and goalie rebound.
Shortly after Catt’s goal, Claeys and Lily Lee executed a beautiful play and goal which was called offside.
The team’s second goal of the game didn’t come until late in the second half when Sherwood deked around two Williams Lake defenders to score, making it a 2-0 game. The defence, led by Game MVP Catt, held off the Storm until the dying minutes when the Storm slipped one past keeper Jordyn Kisilevich, robbing her of the shutout; the game ended in a 2-1 win.
The Blues blanked Revelstoke 7-0 in its third game.
The girls came on strong right from the opening whistle as Sherwood had a breakaway and a got a shot off, Mya Robinson had a gorgeous shot that just skimmed the crossbar and Dennis was so close to scoring off a throw-in by Emma Glasser.
Catt was finally able to get it to Lee who tapped it in for the opening goal. Catt put another one away off of a Revelstoke defender, and less than five minutes later, Lee scored another goal with a pass from Sherwood.
Claeys scored on a rebound off of the Revelstoke goalie at the end of the half to make it 4-0 Vernon.
Sherwood was on fire in the second half scoring two goals in the space of two minutes, one from a pass by Robinson, and the other with a pass from Dennis.
Dail wrapped up the scoring in the final minutes. Madison Bergman was the game MVP as a result of her stellar moves on defence.
Vernon’s final game came against the host Shuswap team, a 2-0 win for the Blues and a second tournament clean sheet for Kisilevich.
Sherwood put the first goal of the game on the board early in the opening half after a pass from Game MVP Robinson.
Two minutes later, Sherwood – chosen touranment MVP by the Blues’ parents – fought her way through all of the Shuswap defenders to put another ball in the net.
The parents and players praised the season-long work of coaches Jason Sherwood and Bobbi Catt.
Silver for U11 Boys
The Vernon United 1 U11 Boys struck silver in the Shore N’ Score tourney, falling 2-1 to Shuswap in the final.
Shuswap, who earlier lost to Vernon, had something to prove and came out strong and fast. Down 1-0 in the second half, the fierce attacking line of Levi Korol, Mitchell Bond and Daxton Podollan provided quality chances to tie it up with Bond eventually finding the net.
Cash Anderson continued to play strong, running hard to the net numerous times. Ben Straight donned the goalie gloves the entire tournament, showing grit and fearless determination. He was rewarded for his leadership with the MVP in the final. United #1 was coached by Geoff Straight.
While battling cool temperatures, wind and rain, United took some time to settle in before turning up the heat to shut down the Shuswap 4-0. Anderson earned MVP for outstanding offensive play. He had three tourney goals.
Later in the day, Vernon brushed back Revelstoke 5-3. Levi Korol, Jonah Strachan and Devin Bilodeau ran miles in the midfield and offered excellent support. Podollan walked away with MVP for his hattie and finished the tourney with five snipes.
Game 3 pitted the two Vernon United teams against one another with United #1 prevailing 5-3 in a thriller.
Marcus Erho, Parker Munroe, and Alexander Jones anchored the United #1 back line and pushed hard against the offensive United #2 crew.
Bilodeau bagged MVP.