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Thompson Okanagan Football Club Under-13 girls player Michaela Jacobsen brings the ball up the field while Emma VanDemark (#12) supports the play.

Thompson Okanagan Football Club teams traveled to Kamloops last weekend, taking on teams from Surrey and Coquitlam  at McArthur Island Park as the rep soccer seasons heads towards the playoffs.

Here’s a look at the results.

U-13 Girls

The TOFC U-13 girls recorded a win and a loss in a double-header weekend in Kamloops. In the first game against Surrey United, TOFC was able to mount some sustained pressure but Surrey’s effective counter-attacking led to an early 2-0 deficit. Grace Miller (Kamloops) brought TOFC within one goal with a perfectly placed ball in the low corner on a penalty kick late in the first half. The second half saw TOFC again applying some pressure but unable to convert any chances with Surrey winning 3-1. In the second game, TOFC played Coquitlam, winning by a score of 4-0. Teaghan Wallace, Tatum Tataryn and newcomer Savanna Yamamoto with a pair, did the scoring for TOFC.

The U-13 girls conclude regular season play with another double header weekend in the Lower Mainland June 15 and 16 with games against Coastal FC and Fusion FC.

U-14 Girls

The TOFC U-14 girls had a successful weekend in Kamloops, coming away with a win and a draw against Surrey and Coquitlam. Saturday saw the girls hand a surprised Surrey FC team their first loss in the Okanagan.  The game was evenly matched with strong attempts on both ends of the field. Captain Erica Lambert scored the game’s opener on a free kick, twenty-four minutes into the second half. She followed this with a goal on a penalty kick which was answered with one Surrey goal in the dying minutes of the game. The gamed finished with a 2-1 win for TOFC. The girls continued their strong play into Sunday as they faced a physical Coquitlam Metro Ford.  The teams played a hard fought game and both keepers were kept busy however neither team were able to capitalize on their opportunities and the game ended in a scoreless draw.

U17/18 Boys

The TOFC U17/18 boys lost 2-1 to Surrey United last Saturday. Surrey opened with a quick attack and was awarded a corner kick thirty seconds into the match. TOFC showed, however, that they were ready to play and countered well. At seven minutes, outside midfielder Nathan Persoon (Kelowna) placed a perfect cross to Matt Fielding (Kelowna) whose header just missed the net. And at fifteen minutes, the “home” side scored the game’s first goal. Midfielder Ayo Fashanu (Kelowna) won the ball on his right wing and passed into the middle for striker Cole Kingzett (Penticton). After a soft first touch, Kingzett switched the ball to the left side where Nathan Persoon ran and finished with a shot off the back post.

TOFC keeper Victor Gouchee (Vernon) was outstanding throughout the match but Surrey scored twice in the second half to earn the 2-1 win.

The boys teams meet Magnuson Ford Mariners FC at the Rutland Recreation Park on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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