Morning Star Staff
Late heroics by Ava Wood gave the Blue Skittles a 2-2 draw with the Eliminators in Wendy’s U9 girls play Saturday at Creekside Park.
Amelia LaRose gave the purple shirts an early lead. Skittles Arwyn Thomas, Erica Lovelace, and Fianna Gough formed a defensive shell, allowing zero shots on goal for the rest of the half. In the 21st minute, Sophie Challen swept through a sea of purple and evened the score.
To start the second half, the Eliminators laid siege to the Skittles’ net, testing Lauren Cunningham with a flurry of shots. After Cunningham’s fifth and finest stop – flying to her left with fingertips outstretched – the blue crew rallied.
The next six shots came off the boots of Aida Dempsey, Madison Vranesic, and Jasmine Soon, all rebuffed by Eliminator backstop Peyton Trevelyan. With seven minutes to play, LaRose struck again out of a wild scramble in the Skittles’ box.
In the waning moments, Emmah Pedersen set up Ava Wood, whose last-ditch shot was swallowed up by the keeper. Wood pounced on the ensuing goal kick, and belted the tying goal just before the final whistle.
IceBreakers suffer tough losses
The IceBreakers bowed 4-0 to the Bristow Accounting Celtics and then, playing with just seven players, fell 7-0 to the Whites, in U13 girls action.
Kaylee Goodrich and Jennika Bobryk were solid up front as the Breakers played the Celtics. Alexandra Miller was stellar defensively and offensively moving the play up the sides, while Kate Lowe was an animal on defence, shutting down a lot of the fastbreaking Celtics.
Jessica Grages and Jennika Bobryk shared the goalkeeping.
Mackenzie Palm had the best game of her life running the entire field on attack and then hustling back to interrupt plays in the midfield and help clear balls on defence.
Quita King volunteered to play keeper Sunday for the shortstaffed IceBreakers and she recorded numerous saves and unleashed booming kicks.
Ashley Wadsworth was bold on defence and helped move the play up the field, while Grages and Emily Broderick both had some excellent runs up front.
The Printech Blue Prowlers fought the Blue Steel to a 2-2 draw in U13 boys action Friday on goals by Rory Campbell and Tage Kineshanko, with assists going to Conner Seehaver, Ben Molitwenik and Kineshanko.
Isaiah Barnes and Chris Boyes made a couple of clutch open-field tackles, while Jack Riches was a rock all over the pitch for the Prowlers.
Molitwenik pushes Gold Prowlers
The Gold Prowlers considered take out, but dined on the Italian Kitchen Italians 5-1 in Sunday U13 boys action.
Ben Molitwenik scored four times and set up Brad Cramer for another. Willem Gibson (3) Lucas Schuck and Conner Seehaver also produced assists.
Soon leads Cookie Monsters
In Royal LePage U12 boys action Saturday, the Cookie Monsters squeaked by the Rubber Duckies 1-0 on a goal by Quinn Soon.
From the opening kickoff, Chris Bond barreled through a flotilla of Duckies for a chance on net. Striker Connor Strilchuk showed a nifty bit of sleight of foot to create another golden opportunity. Then Keaton Dick nearly bent a corner kick into the net.
The Monsters finally broke the goose egg in the 27th minute when Soon took Dick’s throw-in and caught the Duckies flatfooted. Shimmying across the goalmouth, Soon tucked the ball into the open side.
The Monsters did not sit on their lead in the second half. Ball pressure from Alex Embleton and Hayden Dick kept the Ducks pinned. Damian Glover, Evan Bush, Mason Wood, and Owen Sunderland took turns setting up strikes and launching their own, but Duck keeper Teja Sheldrake kept the hungry blue side from filling the net.