We are excited to see our U9 through U12 Development Teams playing games in their home towns with great support from there families and friends against some high caliber teams that are visiting from as far as Victoria, Nanaimo & the Lower Mainland as well as some academy teams from Kamloops & Vernon.
Come out and cheer on the kids during what will no doubt be some high quality soccer from many talented players from across the province.
Our Development Teams are well into their spring season, with an extremely busy playing schedule.All four teams were competing at a development tournament in Victoria last week. It was our first of two road trips to the Island this year (next month we head to Nanaimo) and our teams had a lot of fun and thoroughly enjoyed the soccer experience.
The sun shone all weekend and there was some excellent soccer on show throughout the weekend. Each of our teams played four matches against similar academies to our own as well as club teams from Victoria and Nanaimo.
Soccaskool’s Development Teams have already gained quite the reputation in the Lower Mainland for excellence and we introduced ourselves to The Island by recording 15 wins and just 1 defeat over the course of the weekend !
More importantly, our teams played some attractive soccer and provided the large crowds with lots of entertainment !
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.
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.
Our Soccaskool U11-12 Development Team were unusually slow to start during last weekends Penticton Easter Invitational Tournament. They started the tournament with a disappointing 4-2 Friday night defeat at the hands of the host Penticton U12 team and never really got going with some poor passing resulting in much less possession of the ball than we are normally used to having.
The Saturday morning game, which was a rematch between the same two teams was marginally better. This time Soccaskool came out on top in a close fought 3-2 win against a much improved and very determined Penticton team.
On Saturday afternoon the sun came out, and seemed to galvanize the Soccaskool team into action, romping to an impressive 7-1 victory against a somewhat shell shocked Shuswap U12 Development Team. Despite falling behind to an early goal, we were able to control the ball much better and create lots of goalscoring chances. The highlight of this match being a nice hat trick Grayson.
The same two teams were matched up again for a Sunday morning game, which was now effectively a semi final with the winners rewarded a place in the tournament final against Penticton. With confidence now returning, Soccaskool were in no mood to give up a cup final spot and played some nice soccer and ran out 9-1 winners to set up a game with Penticton U12 which is scheduled for next Saturday.
Well done to our boys, and good luck in the final next weekend !