Kelowna United’s Under-13 boys soccer team headed to Burnaby for what was the first tournament of the season for the Kelowna team.
At the South Burnaby Metro Club Soccer Tournament last weekend Kelowna United came up against several teams that had been playing throughout the winter while the Kelowna United U13’s were playing the first games of their season.
In spite of that they did extremely well, placing third in their division.
Here’s a recap of their games.
•Game 1 versus CAU United
Kelowna United came out a little hesitant against the more experienced Burnaby team. Burnaby scored first, which spurred Kelowna on. Foster Warren made a great centering pass and Kealon Cangiano was able to capitalize tying the game 1-1. Burnaby went up again but Chuy Garcia scored on an amazing penalty shot, tying the game at 2-2. In the second half, Garcia scored once again, and then Lloyd Larsen added another, making the final score 4-2 for Kelowna. Keeper Noah Trites was able to make some tremendous saves, keeping Kelowna in the game against a tough Burnaby team.
•Game 2 versus Surrey
Kelowna United again came out of the starting gates slowly allowing Surrey to open the scoring. Jeremy MacKay from West Kelowna answered back, assisted by Chuy Garcia. The team then started working well together with lots of great passes. Garcia added another goal, making it 2-1 for United at half time. In the second half, Surrey came out with a vengeance and tied the game, and then scored again making it 3-2. Garcia quickly tied it up at 3-3 for United. Both teams worked hard, and the keepers were tested at both ends. The game was very exciting with lots of back and forth movement. With minutes left, Surrey was able to score, making it a 4-3 final.
•Game 3 versus Chilliwack
Kelowna United appeared a little tired as they played Chilliwack in their third game. Although Chilliwack was the weakest of the three teams they faced this weekend, Kelowna was unable to score in the first half of the game. Chilliwack peppered Keeper Trites who made save after save keeping the score 0-0 at the half. Chilliwack kept the pressure on in the second half and was finally rewarded with a goal. The game ended with a 1-0 score in favour of Chilliwack.
Kelowna United Team Roster