Kelowna United hoisted the Slurpee Cup in the U16 girls division at the 2013 edition of the annual soccer tournament last weekend in Kamloops.
In Sunday’s final, United defeated a team from Calgary 2-0. Just three minutes in midfielder Bailey Peissard’s through ball set up Emma Johnson who, despite a 30 yard breakaway sprint, managed to finish with a stellar shot.
Five minutes into the second half, keeper Avery Watson came up with a timely save off of a free kick from Calgary, as her tipped ball hit the cross bar and bounced over the net. Kelowna United secured the gold match at the 45-minute mark when Claire Culver cut the ball back from the end line, with Emma Johnson heading the ball into the corner of Calgary’s net.
On the road to gold, Kelowna tied Delta 0-0, defeated a team from Edmonton 1-0, and beat Prince George 2-1.
KU U16 girls are coached by Linda George and Jozsef Breti. The players are:” Kiana Ajamzadeh, Emina Arima, Krisztina Breti, Claire Culver, Meghan Gerein, Emma Johnson, Jenna Labossiere, Lindsay, Lalach, Jazlyn Lazar, Brianne Mapson, Mackenzie Moore, Lenasia Ned, Abbey Nyberg, Bailey Peissard, Hayley Slade, Kelsey Slattery and Avery Watson.
U12 girls win bronze
Kelowna United Hideaki, playing up an age group, took third spot at the Slurpee Cup in a very tough U12 girls division.
The young team of girls 10 and under defeated Vernon U11 2002 and Kelowna United U11 Lightening. Finishing up with two wins, and two losses, this was enough to earn them the bronze medal. The team consists of Selena Arima, Brooke Barcelona, Samantha Brown, Ashlyn Eisenkrein, Georgia Insley, Nisha Jackson, Olivia Kalashnikoff, Grace MacNaull, Alison McDuff, Madeline Mittelsteadt and Malia Thompson.