United U16s golden in Richmond
From this spring's opening whistle, the Kelowna United U16 boys had their sights set on provincial gold.
United realized those ambitions last weekend in Richmond by capturing B.C. Soccer's Les Sinnot Memorial Provincial B Cup championship.
After posting a 3-0 record in the round robin, Kelowna edged Prince George 2-1 in Sunday's U16 boys final.
Coached by Tony Gonzalez and Bill Clark, United also posted 2-1 wins over Richmond and Ladner, and 3-0 over Terrace in the round robin.
A total team effort included precision scoring by Morgan Gonzales, Kealan Cangiano, Jaden McNulty, Jeremy McKay, Hakeem Rockwell, Josh Clark and the final game-winning bullet by Zach Bradshaw.
United's smothering midfield play and rock solid backline allowed few opponent scoring opportunities, all of which were met with stellar goalkeeping.
The rest of the gold medals champs are: Noah Ridgway, Lloyd Larsen, Kyle Martin, Paul Kostiuk, Ilan Michaeli,, Matthew Harden, Foster Warren, Jeremy McKay, Raj Parmar, Corey Bennett, Corbin Beauchemin, and Cam Ambrosio.
U15 girls silver…
The Kelowna United U15 girls took the silver medal at the Provincial B Cup in Chilliwack.
After positing a 2-0-1 record in the round robin, the Kelowna girls came up just short against the host team from Chilliwack in the final, losing 2-1.
In the round robin, Kelowna defeated Peninsula and Prince George, while tying Aldergrove.
Meanwhile, the Kelowna U16 girls were the third local team competing at provincials and finished 6th overall in Chilliwack. In the 5th/6th place game, the United girls lost 4-3 to Kootenay.
Kelowna's lone win came in the round robin 2-1 over Tsawwassen.