Morning Star Staff
Vernon’s Under 11 Development boys team placed fourth in the Revelstoke Little Bear Soccer Classic weekend.
Coach Dave Eddy’s crew played up in the U12 division and were schooled 10-1 by the eventual champion Canmore Avalanche in their Saturday opener.
“We were taught a lesson on what can happen when you aren’t prepared and are caught watching and chasing the ball around,” said Eddy.
Vernon rebounded with a stellar effort in a scoreless draw with the Kootenay South Storm.
Landon Janke and Daxton Podollan created havoc up front by striking two crossbars and two posts. Marcus Pederson, Liam Collins, Alexander Jones and Jared Eddy held up the back line. Aidan Winn and Fraser Christenson recorded some splendid saves to share the shutout
Game 3 went Sunday morning against Columbia Valley Titans, and with second place in the pool on the line, Vernon won 6-1 to make the bronze-medal match.
Podollan, Cash Anderson, Owen Challen, Colby MacManaman and Alexander Jones controlled the midfield and Janke twisted free and converted for the first snipe.
The second goal was a one-time bomb from Eddy that was still rising as it found net. Marcus Pederson made it 3-0 on a 25-yard free kick with the Titans replying before the recess off a deflection.
Jared and Janke both scored again and Podollan put the game out of reach in the final half.
That put Vernon second in their pool and up against the Canmore Celtic Warriors, who posted a 5-1 win in the Sunday afternoon final.
Vernon put on some immediate pressure with several goes at goal.
Canmore went in front 2-0 before Vernon regained their composure and controlled the play to half time with a few good chances.
Canmore buried a pair in less than five minutes into the second half. Vernon pushed forward and were rewarded with a late penalty that Janke calmly put away.
Added Eddy: “The boys showed great spirit this weekend and worked hard winning and losing together as a team and always with good sportsmanship. They left it all out there.”
Vernon United U14 girls tied one game and lost three at a recent tournament in Maple Ridge.
United played against teams from Port Moody, West Coast FC and North Shore. Nadia Smith, Emilia Durfeld, Kelsey Carriere and keeper Hailey Yablonski received MVPs.