This past weekend, the U17/18 Riptide girls traveled from Campbell River, Powell River and the Comox Valley to Seattle, Washington for some Canada vs. US action at the Starfire Showcase tournament, winning each of their three games with a shutout and becoming a “team to watch”. Only when facing another Canadian team did they concede a goal in a tie game, but they still finished with the highest total points in the U18/19G division. The rainy weather seem to fuel the girls as that seems to be the weather that they enjoy playing in and play best in. The fans also came out in the rain, and supported the girls with a gusto not heard elsewhere!
The girls moved the ball very well around the oppositions with great runs getting multiple shots at goal. They showed strength and endurance throughout the games and brilliant passing and teamwork. As one of the players said, “We played stronger knowing that there were scouts there. Now we know that we can play hard in four games over three days, we can play that way in a single game every weekend.” The team now sits in second place in the island league, and we hope that this inspiration will lead them to a berth in the 2016 Provincials!
The team from top left to right: coach Ash M., Olivia B. centre back, Camryn C. attacking mid, Jayden G. and Tommylia D. centre back, Charlotte M. defensive mid, Abbie S. R/Lwinger, Kate F. fullback, Carsyn C. striker, Olivia S. left mid, manager Marla B., coach Sandy G., Toni P. fullback, Emma S. and Macayla G. defensive mid, Danielle R. keeper, Haley S. winger/striker, Emily D. right mid, and Jenna M. fullback.