It couldn’t have been a more exciting finish to the girls Under-18 division at the Rutland Minor Soccer Canada Day youth soccer tournament last weekend.
Penalty kicks were needed to decide the division and when the shooters were done, it was Kelowna’s Campionesse FC that claimed the gold medal in a tough Under-18 girls division.
After going 2-1 through the round robin, Campionesse, a team comprised largely of girls from West Kelowna, got into a winner take all final match against the Blizzard Bombers, a big and talented team from Calgary.
It was a rough and tumble final that would need extra time to decide it. Jordan Tassone scored three goals in regulation for Campionesse and the game was tied 3-3 after regular time.
It would then go to penalty kicks and Campionesse earned the win as Tassone, Nikala Gabriel, Amanda Mckay, Casidy Tooley and Jayden Koop all scored from the spot to help Campionesse earn the win and claim gold in the U-18 division.
The team was playing in the U-18 division even though it features many underage girls for the division.
In the round robin, Campionesse beat Kamloops 1-0 on a goal by Britney Schidiger before downing Calgary 2-1. Tahnee Pierson and Casidy Tooley had the markers in that game.
The team’s only loss came at the hands of NSD Elite out of Alberta.
Up next for Campionesse FC is a college showcase tournament in San Diego, California, where the talented bunch will have a chance to strut their stuff in front of many college coaches in the hopes of attracting a scholarship.
Campionesse FC is coached by Donny Tassone, Jim Gabriel,and Terry Kinneun.