After an unbeaten regular season, the Mt. Boucherie Bears had visions of claiming their second Okanagan girls AAA high school soccer title in three years.
The South Kamloops Titans had other ideas.
The Titans overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat the Bears 3-1 in the valley final Wednesday afternoon at Constable Neil Bruce Middle School in West Kelowna.
Grade 9 player Casey Loudon, on a set-up from senior Nikayla Gabriel, put Boucherie on top in the opening half.
But South Kamloops’ front line pressured hard in the second half and the Bears were unable to stem the tide, yielding three unanswered goals.
Despite the loss, Bears’ captain and keeper Baily Weymouth was proud of her team’s effort.
“I thought we played really well, both teams battled and it could have gone either way,” said Weymouth, who is in her third and final season with the Bears. “Kamloops really came at us in the second half, I think the girls were a bit tired and we just couldn’t hold them.”
On the upside, their silver medal effort at valleys wasn’t the end of the line for the Bears.
Boucherie will join South Kam as Okanagan reps at the B.C. high school girls AAA soccer championship May 31 to June 2 at Fleetwood Park in Surrey.
“I think we can still develop more as a team, so it’s good to get a chance to play at provincials,” Weymouth added. “I’m excited for the girls and I think we’re going to go down there an do really well.”