Soccaskool renews friendly Rivalry with Calgary Blizzards

At Soccaskool, we do not care about the results of matches at the Development Team ages. Win, lose or draw, we are always just happy to play. What we really care about is the quality and type of soccer that our teams play. The reason that we record our results on this website and report on our games is so that we can show what our Development Team program looks like as the year goes ahead, and that we are able to offer a playing platform for our teams.

So this weekend, it was great to be involved once again in the Calgary Blizzard pre season tour of The Okanagan. Blizzard are an excellent soccer club who care about their players and their teams. We met some nice people, watched some good soccer and made some new friends in the Penticton sunshine….perfect !

Our U11/12 team played against Blizzard U12 girls and won 8-0. This was a first for us, playing against a girls team, and the boys were a bit too hot to handle with their extra speed and skill, although the girls did not fall short in terms of size and physicality. Next up for the U11/12s was a game with Blizzard U12 boys. Exactly one year ago our brand new U10/11 team were beaten 7-0 and truly outplayed by this strong Blizzard boys team. This time around, a complete reversal as our boys showed how much progress we have made by recording a 6-0 victory. Soccaskool played some very nice, free flowing soccer which was good to watch. Nowadays, our U11/12 Development Team, on its day, is a match for anyone.

Our U10s matched up against the same Blizzard U12 girls team and the difference in size between the two teams was staggering. Apart from one or two players, our U10s are quite a small team. However, we moved the ball very well in this game and demonstrated that size does not always matter, winning the game 7-1. The later game matched us up against Blizzard U10 boys, considered to be their flagship team according to Blizzard Technical Director. They were indeed an excellent team, and we played a great game with them….very tight from start to finish. We lost 3-2 in the end and ran out of gas a little bit, but not before we had made Blizzard very nervous in the closing stages of the game !

Our U9s had an interesting day….which gives us the opportunity to demonstrate that we record all of our results, good and bad. We were matched up against Blizzard U11 girls who were strong, fast, physical and determined. Our U9s have been improving well but this one was going to be a couple of steps too far for them for sure. Our players looked shell shocked by the pace of the opposition, and we were completely dominated from start to finish by them. The final score was a 10-0 loss. We will look forward to matching these teams again next year and seeing if our U9s can improve in the same way as our U11/12s did over the course of a year.

All in all, another good day for our Development Teams. Thank you to Blizzard for some good games, safe trip back to Calgary.
Back to the training ground for a few more weeks for us as we strive for continuous improvement for all of our teams


U11/12s dig deep for Gold at Easter Invitational

On a scorching hot, sunny day in Penticton this weekend, our U11/12 Development Team won the Easter Invitational Cup, defeating the home team 7-5 in the final to complete a tournament sweep for Soccaskool.

Despite missing several key players, and playing three 25 minute shifts with only one substitute, Soccaskool produced a fine performance against a very strong Penticton full squad.

Penticton went ahead early in the game and always looked dangerous when on the attack. However, Soccaskool stuck to their game plan and defended well in the early stages. Eventually we eased our way into the game and began to control possession of the ball, which started to result in creation of goal scoring opportunities. Diego started to run the show in centre midfield, and Kai was in deadly form up front. Goals from Kai and Grayson got us into the lead, but Penticton levelled it at 2-2.

Kai tormenting the Penticton defence
Kai tormenting the Penticton defence

Into the second period of the game, Soccaskool started to dominate and were able to establish a two goal lead. At this point we started to look
comfortable but the hosts never gave up and managed to stay within two goals the entire match to keep it close. A Penticton penalty near the end brought the score to 6-5 and made for an exciting last 5 minutes. Soccaskool were in no mood to let it slip away, however, and our players overcame extreme tiredness by this point to close out the match with a last minute goal by Adrianne to make it 7-5.

Match MVP went to Kai for his stunning 5 goal performance. In this form, Kai was way too hot for the Penticton defence to handle and he tormented them all afternoon with his trickery.

All in all, an excellent event for our U11/12 Development Team, who now head into the Spring phase of the season full of confidence.