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Teams fight for PFC Cup

THE PINNACLES’ Kyla Lionello winds up to blast the ball past an Oliver defender during the U-16 girls match Saturday on home turf at King’s Park, which the local girls won 3-1 against Oliver. The Pinnacles then went on to win the PFC Cup championship against Penticton 2, 1-0.  - Steve Kidd/Western News
THE PINNACLES’ Kyla Lionello winds up to blast the ball past an Oliver defender during the U-16 girls match Saturday on home turf at King’s Park, which the local girls won 3-1 against Oliver. The Pinnacles then went on to win the PFC Cup championship against Penticton 2, 1-0.
— image credit: Steve Kidd/Western News

Pinnacles FC wrapped up its house league season with the PFC Cup championship.

Games for boys and girls in the under-11 to -18 age groups flooded King’s Park over the weekend.

In the under-15/16 girls side, Penticton 1 faced city rival Penticton 2, who always got the best of them during the season. Penticton 1 overcame any nerves they had to take the championship 1-0 in a shootout.

Pinnacles 1 played a strong team game and benefitted from the performance of Emma Roos in net.

“Our goalie was on fire,” said coach Sue Lionello of Roos, who wasn’t their regular keeper. “She was so great.”

Penticton 1 won the game because as Lionello said, they worked as a unit and were passionate.

“We wanted to do well,” said Lionello. “We wanted it more.”

Lionello coached a group that included newcomers to the sport who worked hard and their determination was marvelous.

“That’s the whole beauty of house,” said Lionello. “Develop players and plant the seed.”

Jordan Thomsen, who had not scored all season, buried the winning goal.

Once the victory was secured the group tackled Roos, “like it was the World Cup,” said Lionello.

Penticton 1 took gold in the under-11 boys after defeating Summerland 4-1. Pinnacles FC coach Wayne Kuechle was impressed with how his team played.

“We were missing some key players and some of our boys had to go to Revelstoke to play soccer with their district team,” said Kuechle. “I told the boys if they played like a team, like they had played all season, we were going to do it.

“Most importantly, they are just a fun group of boys who love the game and love to play,” he continued. “They always treat one another with respect, respect their opponents, respect the referee and of course respect their coaches.”

Kuechle said that Summerland came a long way in the year and worked hard. He was proud to see them reach the final.

“It was a wonderful and memorable experience for our boys to win the house playoffs,” he said.

Other results had Keremeos’U12 boys team win against Penticton 2.

Oliver’s U13/14 team took gold, while Summerland’s U15/16 won gold over Penticton 1. Summerland’s U17/18 team defeated Keremeos for gold.

On the girls side, a shootout was needed to decide the winner between Osoyoos and Summerland 2 in U11/12 action. Osoyoos prevailed. Keremeos’ U13/14 team defeated Penticton 3 for gold and Summerland’s U17/18 team defeated Penticton for gold.

 

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