The Rutland Soccer Association hosted its annual Canada Day soccer tournament last weekend as hundreds of young soccer players hit pitches at fields around Kelowna in the annual tournament.
There were 127 teams in total taking part ranging in Under-11 to Under-18 divisions and coming from places including the lower mainland, Vancouver Island, Alberta and the Okanagan Valley.
In the Under-11 girls division Kelowna United U-11 Team Chaos keeper Chelsea Cristofoli was the top keeper, claiming the goalie wars competition.
Her team won silver in their division after winning their first three games but losing in the final of the girls Under-11 division. Also in the Under-11 girls division, Kelowna United 2 placed third in section 1 and the Kelowna Lions were third in section 2.
Here’s a look at the rest of the results from local soccer teams. Age groups were split into sections due to the large number of teams.
•In the Under-14 boys division, Kelowna United U-14 team placed first in section 1 while the KU Under-13 club placed first in section 3.
•In the Under-16 boys, Kelowna United was third in section 1.
•Kelowna United White placed second in section 2 of the girls Under-12 division.
•In the girls Under-14 division, Westside Subway was third in section 3.
•The Kelowna Blaze placed third in section 1 of the girls Under-16 division while Kelowna Campionesse was second in section 1 of the girls Under-18 division.
The Thompson Okanagan Football Club’s Under-13 boys team came up just a goal short, playing in the inaugural BC Soccer Youth Provincial Premier Cup Finals on Saturday in Vancouver.
TOFC started well and absorbed a lot of pressure from a well organized Surrey team. Taitum MacAulay (Vernon) pulled off an excellent early save and pushed a powerful shot over the bar to safety.
Connor Glennon (Vernon) delivered a good corner into the heart of the Surrey box where Sam McDonald (Kelowna) scrambled with the defense and managed to get a shot on goal only to have it saved by the keeper.
TOFC won a free kick and Mitch Morgan (Lake Country) headed the ball on for Connor Glennon to get a break away. His shot just eased over the bar and the half ended scoreless.
The tight play continued in the second half until Surrey won the ball on the edge of the box and hit a superb strike beating keeper MacAulay and giving them the 1-0 lead.
The TOFC U-18 Boys were unsuccessful in their bid to make it to the final game of the U-18 provincials league. TOFC went down in defeat to the Coquitlam Metro Ford squad, ending what was a very successful season for this team overall.