The Kelowna United U16 girls show off their gold medals at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup last weekend in Penticton.

Two gold, six medals in all for Kelowna United

Kelowna rep soccer teams wrap up season at Provincial B Cup finals

It’s been a productive summer of soccer for Kelowna United FC.

The local club capped off the 2015 season in style last weekend, capturing six medals at B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup championships.

Two United teams finished on top of their divisions with gold medals.

Here’s a look at how Kelowna teams fared at provincials.

United U16 girls—gold

Coached by Mark Slade, the United girls put together a solid stretch of soccer over four days of action in Penticton to claim the gold medal in the U16 division.

United started the gold medal match quickly, as Brooklyn Kostiuk sent a ball up the middle to Brooke Weremy who put Kelowna on the board just 2 1/2 minutes into the game.

Only eight minutes later, a corner kick from Lauren Guy resulted in Weremy’s second goal and United led 2-0 at the half.

In the second half, Guy provided insurance by curling a corner kick past the PG keeper for a 3-0 lead.

Kelowna’s Regan Medley was steady in the net, posting the shutout as United secured the gold medal.

In the round robin, Kelowna took out Juan de Fuca 4-0 in the opener, beat Nelson 5-1, then played to a 1-1 draw with Burnaby to clinch a spot in the final against Prince George.

• United U14 girls—gold

United capped off a strong 2015 season with a gold medal weekend in Nelson.

In the final, Kelowna edged Surrey Central City by a 2-1 score.

Taylor Hughes scored first to give United a 1-0 lead, before Hailey Wright pounded a shot past the Surrey keeper to make it 2-0 at the half.

Central City got back to within one on a penalty kick in the second half, then pressured Kelowna late in the game, but United would hang on for the win.

In the round robin, KU defeated Nelson 4-0, Kootenay 4-1 and tied Surrey United 2-2.

• United U17/18 boys—silver

Playing up an age group in the U18 division at the Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Provincial Cup in Penticton, the United boys opened with a 1-1 draw against Central City, then drubbed Prince Rupert 8-0.

In the their third game against Cowichan, Christian Artavia’s goal stood up as the winner and Corey Bennett earned the shutout, as United advanced to the gold medal game.

In the championship match against Penticton, Kelowna held its own for the first half and went to the break tied 1-1.

But in the second half, Penticton gained the upper hand with a goal on a penalty kick, then added two more marker for a 3-0 win and the gold medal.

United finished with a silver medal in what was a strong season from start to finish.

• United U15 girls—silver

In Nelson, the Kelowna U15 girls reached the final before losing to Marpole Phoenix 3-1 and taking home the silver medal.

With wins over 1-0 wins over North Shore and Nelson and a draw against Vernon, United placed first in its pool, earning a place in the championship game.

• United U16 boys—bronze

In the bronze medal game in Penticton, the Kelowna boys edged Coquitlam 1-0.

Unitee posted a 2-1 record in round robin, earning wins over Kootenay South and Kootenay East.

• United U13 boys—bronze

In 100 Mile House, the Kelowna U13 boys edged Harbour City 2-1 to win the bronze medal.

In the round robin, Kelowna defeated Nelson and lost to Coastal FC Royal.

• United U13 girls—5th place

In Nelson, Kelowna defeated the Quesnel Strikers in the 5th/6th place game.

In the round robin, United defeated Nelson and lost to Prospect Lake and Cliff Avenue.





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