Kelowna United to send four teams to soccer's B Cup
Kelowna United will send four teams to the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup finals next month.
In North Vancouver from July 4 to 7, the U18 and U16 Kelowna teams will compete at the girls provincials.
At the same time in Prince George, Kelowna's U15 and U16 United squads will play in the boys' B Cup.
Last weekend, the Kelowna U16 girls locked up a berth by winning the Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League title in Kamloops.
After shutting out Shuswap 3-0 in Saturday's semifinal, the United girls claimed gold with a 3-1 win over Penticton in the final on Sunday.
Emma Johnson and Claire Culver tallied to give Kelowna a 2-0 lead at half time.
At the 75-minute mark of the game, Jazlyn Lazar set up Culver whose shot proved fatal giving KU a solid 3-0 lead with little time remaining. Penticton did not give up the fight, capitalizing in the last minute with a high shot just out of reach of keeper Avery Watson. Avery, who had an outstanding weekend for Kelowna United, was denied the shutout but United hung on the rest of the way. The Kelowna United U16 girls are coached by Linda George and assisted by Joe Breti.
• U15 girls—The Kelowna United girls watched their season end Saturday in the TOYSL semifinal with a 3-2 overtime loss to Penticton.
After falling behind 2-0, United fought back with two goals in the second half to force overtime.
However, Penticton quickly notched the go-ahead goal, then held off Kelowna the rest of the way to take the TOYSL title.
• U14 girls—The United girls came up short against Penticton in the TOYSL semifinals, losing 4-3 in overtime.
After splitting four goals in regulation, Penticton took the lead five minutes into the first OT half. Kelowna tied it up in the second half of OT with a goal from Angelia Ostrom, assisted by Paige Krivoshein and Lauryn Guy. An unfortunate yellow card to Kelowna’s goalie Fiona Reha gave Penticton a penalty kick and the win 4-3 over Kelowna in overtime.
• Developmental U11 and U12
The Kelowna United developmental teams wrapped up their seasons last weekend.
In U11 girls play, the United Troublemakers edged Kamloops 2-1 as Brooke Barcelona scored the game winner on a pass from Ashlyn Eisenkrein.
In the second game, United tied Vernon 1-1. Keeper Olivia Kalashnikoff was back in net for Kelowna after missing the previous game. After Vernon took a 1-nil lead, Selena Arima won the ball in midfield then found Malia Thompson to tie the game.
The U11 Chaos defeated Shuswap 3-1 and Kamloops Orange 3-1. Backed by the stellar goaltending of Julia Hunter and Tayshja Clark, Kelowna dominated the game at both ends of the pitch.
Elya Brown, Jasanna Kunz, Kaley Krivoshein, Katrina Findk, Lauren Schmidt, and Tayshja Clark scored the goals.
In U11 boys play, the Gladiators pushed their unbeaten streak to 10 with a 1-1 tie against Vernon.
Adam Love scored the Gladiators’ goal, but it was the spine of the defense—Aiden Robson, Jad Von Unruh, Noah Kroeker and Emilio Aguiar—that dug in to secure the centre of the field and thus hold Vernon to only one goal.
In 12 boys action, the Crushers beat Penticton 6-1 and Revelstoke 5-3 to finish the regular season undefeated.
Gregor Smith connected for seven of Kelowna's 11 goals, including five in the opening game.
The Kelowna Rebels edged Penticton 3-2 in U12 action. Edvin Holok scored twice while Cameron Wilson and Eithan Michaeli each had their best games of the year.
In Game 2, United beat Shuswap 3-0 as Hunter Blucke set up two of the goals. The Rebels outscored their opponents 119-29 this season.