Vernon United U14 girls won bronze and the fair play team award at the U14 Challenge Cup provincial youth soccer finals in Chilliwack.
Vernon advanced to the medal round after placing second in their pool with a 2-0 win over Nelson, a 2-1 loss to Chilliwack and a 0-0 tie against Cowichan Valley.
The bronze medal game went Sunday afternoon against North Shore Vancouver with United winning 1-0.
“The girls played solid all weekend, controlling the majority of the play and creating numerous scoring opportunities,” said head coach Al Gee.
The girls were also awarded the fair play team award at the conclusion of the week.
This further exemplifies the team’s motto: “Tough and classy. We will knock you down but help you up with a smile.”
The team acknowledges it could not have had such a great year without the amazing commitment from coaches Gee, Ley Christensen and Rick Latta.
Vernon United U13 girls fell 2-0 to Powell River in the bronze medal match in their provincial tournament in Chilliwack.
Aggressive defense down the line by Talia Quiring and Carly Southam frustrated Powell River’s wingers, and tight marking by Sydney Bergman, Kelsey Carriere, and Gabby Triggs shut down all opportunities through the middle. The Sunshine Coast squad were able to put two goals past a tough Hailey Yablonski in the United goal.
Vernon opened the tournament with a high-paced, end-to-end match against Richmond which resulted in a 1-0 United win on a second-half strike from Mira Szudek.
Vernon’s defence was tight with Yablonski making some key saves.
United played host Chilliwack in its second contest and fell 6-1. Szudek scored the only goal for Vernon, which got strong games from Elena Gaskell, Emily Thomas, Emilia Durfeld, Brianna Bobbitt and Kelsey Falk.
Szudek’s goal was the only one allowed by the Chilliwack team all season.
Vernon finished round-robin play with a 7-0 win over Prince George.
Yablonski earned the clean sheet while Danica Ariana led the offence with two goals. Singles went to Szudek, Thomas, Megan Sherwood (on a great cross from Makena Kersey), Falk and Bobbitt, who received a great through ball from Keira Corriea.
Though a bronze medal would have been a great reward for the hard work the players put into their season, a fourth-place result at the team’s first provincials isn’t too shabby,” said team coach Felicia O’Gorman.