The Kelowna United U15 girls were a force to be reckoned with all season long on soccer pitches all across the province.
The trend continued on their home turf last weekend as United went unbeaten to capture the gold medal at the B.C. Provincial B Cup girls soccer championship.
After dominating their pool with a 3-0 record, the Kelowna squad sealed the deal on a scorching Sunday afternoon at the Mission sports fields with a 2-1 win over Coquitlam Metro Ford in the championship final.
Emma Johnson scored both goals for United, the game winner coming with about 15 minutes left to play.
“We just told the girls to go out and play their normal game and they did that,” said United coach Linda George. “Our defense was great, (Coquitlam) only really had two good chances, so those girls really deserve credit for the game they played.”
The provincial title capped off a long list of medal performances by the U15 girls this season.
United also won the Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League title, the gold at three tournaments—the Icebreaker, Kamloops and Penticton—and a silver medal at a tourney in Bellingham.
George said the team’s key to success was their commitment to a common goal.
“The girls just gelled together so well this year,” George said. “It’s wonderful to see because they’ve worked so hard and training, and they’ve given it 100 per cent all season. They’re really a nice bunch of girls to work with and they really deserve this.”
The gold medal-winning United U15 squad is: Abby Nyberg, Amber Hilts, Bailey Peissard, Brianna Mapson, Emma Johnson, Hayley Slade, Jayden Penkala, Jazlyn Lazar, Kelsey Slattery, Kiana Ajamzadeh, Krisztina Breti, Lindsey Lalach, Meghan Gerein, Rebecca Barkley, Jenny Labossiere and Avery Watson.
The coaches are: Linda George, Joe Breti and Mark Slade.
United U13 silver…
The Kelowna United U13 girls came up just a step short of their ultimate goal, but still walked away with a silver medal at the Provincial B Cup.
United posted a 3-0 record in pool play, before falling in Sunday’s final 5-0 to the Central City Breakers.
“All in all, a really good year for the girls,” said U13 coach Brian Dewar. “I think the game the day before (3-2 win over Penticton) took a lot out the girls. They didn’t quite have the energy they needed. But still, it was pretty satisfying to win a medal. The girls did well.”
The Kelowna U13 girls are:
Antonia Weiler, Courtney Peissard, Angelia Ostrom, Erin Thomas, Kyra McNulty, Brianna Tataryn, Chanel Campbell, Kiera Baldwin, Danika Lee, Alley Corrado, Madison Dickie, Hannah Allan, Mackenzie Schwinghammer, Payton Lewis, Natalie Hope, Paige Krivoshein, Courtney Gunn and Fiona Reha, The coaches are Brian Dewar and Brenda Dickie.
United U18 bronze…
The Kelowna United U18 girls edged Kootenay 1-0 Sunday to win the bronze medal at the Provincial B Cup.
United qualified for the third-place final after posting one win and two ties in round robin play.
Kelowna tied Gorge FC and Central City, and defeated Shuswap 1-0.