As the top two girls AAA soccer programs in the valley, the Mt. Boucherie Bears and Kelowna Owls have developed a pretty healthy rivalry.
The latest installment in the ongoing battle between the two schools went Boucherie’s way as the Bears slipped past the Owls 1-0 Monday on a scorching afternoon at KSS.
With the victory, Boucherie (6-0) completed an undefeated regular season and edged out the Owls (5-1) for top spot in Okanagan Valley league play.
Jordan Tassone’s goal on a penalty kick early in the second half (47′) was all the Bears’ needed to secure the win against a determined Owls team.
Boucherie had beaten KSS 3-1 just two weeks earlier in the final of the Owls annual tournament.
“KSS had some stretches where they held better possession of the ball, but we defended well and limited their chances as best we could,” said Bears coach Adrian Zuyderduyn. “We had a few chances of our own, particularly in the second half, and we were fortunate to score from a penalty kick.”
Owls coach Arnar Bernhardsson said his team put forth a solid effort but couldn’t find the back of the Boucherie net.
“A very tight game, with a strong midfield battle which resulted in few chances at both ends although Kelowna had a number of chances which they could not capitalize on late in the game,” said Bernhardsson. “This should set up a very tight final as long as both teams get through their respective semifinals.”
Barring any unexpected upsets, the Bears and Owls will meet one more time in the Okanagan Valley final on May 15.
Both teams have a first-round bye in the playoffs, then will play in the semi-finals on Monday, May 13.