Mustangs golden in B.C. girls soccer

The Immaculata Mustangs celebrate the B.C. School Sports A soccer title on Saturday in Trail. - Contributed
The Immaculata Mustangs celebrate the B.C. School Sports A soccer title on Saturday in Trail.
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If there is such a thing as a perfect season, the Immaculata Mustangs girls soccer squad weren't far from achieving exactly that in 2013.

After winning the city, valley and B.C. Catholic titles, the Mustangs capped off a dream year with a golden effort at the provincial high school A girls championship in Trail.

On Saturday, Immaculata needed extra time to defeat Southridge from Surrey 2-1 in the B.C. championship game.

After Jaedyn Penkala scored to give the Mustangs a 1-nil lead in the 27th minute, Southridge responded soon after to tie the game 1-1.

A scoreless second half sent the teams to extra time where, at 86 minutes, Olivia Johnson drilled the go-ahead goal past the Southridge keeper.

Immaculata hung for the final nine minutes to claim the gold medal, the school's fourth in girls' soccer and first since 2009.

"The most impressive aspects about the Mustangs this season were the ability to step up their game in big situations, and that there was not one 'star' player on the team," said Mustangs coach Paul Freire. "A different person seemed to step up on every occasion to secure big goals, make big saves, or big defensive stands all season long."

Immaculata blew through the round robin portion of the tournament, winning all three games by the maximum 5-0 scores.

In the semifinal, the Mustangs defeated rival Glenlyon Norfolk 2-1. Again, Olivia Johnson provided the key goal, intercepting a pass and scoring late in the second half to give the Mustangs the lead. Emma Johnson then set up Jaedyn Penkala with an insurance goal to send Immaculata on to the final with a 3-1 win.

It was the eighth time in eight years since the program's inception that the Mustangs made it at least as far as the semifinal.

Immaculata's Emma Johnson was named the tournament's MVP, while Olivia Johnson was named to the Commissioner's 16 all-star team.

The Kelowna Christian Knights defeated Pemberton 1-0 to finish in seventh place at provincials.

Carlin Bishop of KCS was named to the Commissioner's 16.

Owls 5th in North Van

The Kelowna Owls didn't lose a game but still had to settle for fifth place at the B.C. School Sports senior AAA girls soccer championship in Argyle.

In the 5th/6th place game Saturday, the Owls edged South Delta 3-2.

In pool play, KSS tied two games, 0-0 against Handsworth and 2-2 vs Kitsilano. In their other game, the Owls beat Panorama Ridge 2-0.

With five points, the Owls placed second in their pool to Kitsilano (seven points) and failed to qualify for the final four.

In its first playoff game, KSS defeated Terry Fox 2-0.

Owls' senior Megan Witala was named to the Commisssioner's 16 all-star team.


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