The Vernon United FC U17 girls team battled through four days of sweltering heat, to place fourth in B.C. at the Provincial B-Cup in Kamloops over the weekend.
Last Thursday, the girls opened the B.C. championships with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Bays United from Victoria.
Not content with a draw, a determined Erika DeDauw promptly charged through Victoria’s defensive line, sidestepped the goalie and potted the winner.
On Friday, the team had to settle for a 1-1 tie against the Nelson Selects.
On Saturday, Davy Hornoi and Sophia Winstanley led the way with their all-out efforts.
Vernon hustled to the end against the eventual provincial champions, Coastal FC Royals from Surrey, losing out 4-0.
The team finished second in their group to advance to the bronze medal game on Sunday against Vancouver United FC Pumas.
Early in the second half, a surprise strike put Vancouver on the board.
Then, a thunderstorm rolled in and ended the game 32 minutes early, robbing the Vernon reps of the chance to come back for the bronze.
Two U16 players, Renée Acob and Sophie Scott, joined the U17’s for provincials and proved more than capable of competing with the older girls.
The U15 boys team will be in Langley this weekend to compete at their provincial tournament.
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