U-15 B boys soccer team earn silver lining at Seattle tourney

Dominant through the event, just fall short of gold medal

The Thompson Okanagan U-15 B team had a great weekend last weekend in Seattle, outplaying most of the competition and just falling short in the final, to place second in the Seattle Sounders F.A. Cup.

The local side outscored its opposition 14-4 in five combined games against  competition from Mexico, USA and Canada at the tournament based out of the Sounders Starfire training centre in Seattle.

“The boys played some excellent soccer throughout the tournament,” said coach Tony Overton.  “They all gave 100 per cent in the final and came very close to scoring several goals, but the keeper was in fine form.”

The TOFC U15 boys entered the U-16 division and were drawn into one of three qualifying groups with their group including a highly ranked Washington State team.

However TOFC stormed through the group stage and topped their group with two wins and a draw.

TOFC were then matched in the semi finals against the host Sounders. They continued to dominate the competition by winning the game 2-0 to reach the final.

In the final TOFC were pitched against FWRC Green who had previously held them to a 1-1 draw in the group qualifying stages.

The game started well for both teams with chances being created at either end but FWRC Green managed to take the lead after a good period of pressure on the TOFC goal.

TOFC responded well and created a number of chances but could not find a way past a determined defence.

In the second half TOFC continued to press forward looking for an equalizing goal.  The Kelowna team was unlucky to concede a penalty which FWRC Green managed to convert to give them a two goal lead. Both teams played well in a very exciting final but FWRC Green managed to hold on to their lead and close out the game.

Kelowna players Ayo Fashanu and David Denton-Protsack each scored three times during the tournament while other locals to score were Dylan Wagner and Dom Haynes, Other Kelowna players in the team who came back with silver medals were Joe Overton, Ayden Ledding, Jesse Nanci and Chris Pires.

The team plays their last Y league game on Sunday July 17 and need a win to keep open their chance of making one of the playoff spaces in Florida later this year.

Kelowna Capital News

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