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Depleted Rainmakers fall short in Smithers

The Charles Hays Rainmakers fell 4-2 to Terrace and 3-0 to Kitimat in their final tune-up before zones. - Black Press
The Charles Hays Rainmakers fell 4-2 to Terrace and 3-0 to Kitimat in their final tune-up before zones.
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Coach Kyla Ragan carried less players than she would have liked for the Charles Hays' girls soccer team's trip to Smithers, so she told her players they weren't allowed to get injured.

While most heard the message, poor Harjot Sidhu suffered a head injury, but played through the pain in a dazzling performance in goal for the Rainmakers.

In both matches with no substitutions, the team played an "intense" weekend, said Ragan, and both Sidhu and striker Tanveen Sahdra led the way.

Sahdra notched a goal versus Terrace in the club's first game versus their out-of-town rivals and Charlotte Kobza rounded out the scoring in a 4-2 loss.

Later, the club fell to Kitimat 3-0, in a rematch of the Rainmakers' first game of the season against the black-clad group.

"The girls were tired, but they fought hard and played amazing," said Ragan.

Kobza's goal continued her torrid scoring streak from the week before, where she notched a brace against the Queen Charlotte Saints.

Ragan estimated that Sidhu stopped 30 to 40 shots during the team's two matches and deserves full credit for her part in the games, despite the head injury.

"She did an amazing job in both games," said the coach.

Ragan has received a positive response from the team and their cohesiveness has improved dramatically since the start of the season just three short weeks ago.

The group practiced corner-kicks last week leading up to their matches and they'll scrimmage more this week.

A bottle drive was hosted on Tuesday and they're selling chocolate to fundraise in preparation for their trip to zones on Friday and Saturday in Kitimat.

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