A pair of Vernon players helped Team B.C. win the Western Canadian Under 13 Boys Soccer Championships last week in Winnipeg.
Coached by Darren Rath, B.C. won three games and earned a scoreless draw. Keeper Taitum MacAulay and striker Connor Glennon, a pair of Vernon players who competed last season with Thompson Okanagan FC, were a big part of the provincial team’s success.
“Taitum demonstrated improvement over the month of July playing with the B.C. provincial team and played with great confidence in Winnipeg,” said Rath.
“He recorded shutouts versus Saskatchewan and Manitoba and saved three penalty kicks during the post-match penalty kick contest.”
On Glennon, Rath said: “Connor was outstanding in every match. He was selected as Man of the Match in our first game versus Alberta North and he scored the game winner in the sudden-death penalty shootout. Connor was selected (one of nine B.C. players) by the CSA coaching staff to play in the Umbro Challenge All-Star game at the end of the tournament (his team won 1-0).”
B.C. won the tourney with a 1-0 win over Alberta South as Terrell Smith scored the winner five minutes into the game.
“Alberta had many very good players, but our boys passed and ran circles around them,” said Rath.
B.C. opened with a scoreless draw against Alberta North.
MacAulay was very composed and confident in goal, routinely rushing out to collect the ball, in B.C.’s 5-0 ambush of Saskatchewan.
Rick Baer opened the scoring, banging home the ball sitting in the goal area delivered from a corner. Karan Kular then struck a ball from 25 yards into the top left corner before the half.
Kular scored a second goal early in the second half and Carson Ho added two more later.
In penalty kicks, Taitum made a terrific save on their first shooter, then the next three of four B.C. shooters scored.
B.C. grounded Manitoba 4-0 as they enjoyed an outstanding start with Liam Robinson jumpstarting the offence 25 seconds into the match.
Kular scored in the ninth minute for B.C.’s last goal of the first half.
The second half was also all B.C. with Marco Favro converting five minutes in and Kular later completing the scoring.