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Soccer star claims fame
The moment the ball hit the back of the net will forever be etched in Anna Slang’s memory.
The Cowichan Valley Soccer Association product moved up from centre back on a corner kick to score one of those goals players dream about. Her header gave the Vancouver Island Wave U15 girls a 1-0 victory over Surrey United and the Provincial A Cup championship.
“Just the highlight of my soccer career so far,’’ raved the personable Slang, 15. “It was insane. It was so exciting.’’
The goal that produced the victory also carried some historical significance.
“This is the first time in the Vancouver Island Wave history that a girls’ team has participated in the finals as well as won the event,’’ noted Andrew Latham, head coach of the Lower Island Soccer Association.
The Wave is made up of Lower Island and Upper Island Soccer Association members and plays in the B.C. Soccer Premier League.
Slang scored in the first half and the Wave held on through a hectic second half. For her efforts, Slang was also chosen the most valuable player of the game by the B.C. Soccer provincial staff.
The lead-up to the provincial final was just the start of a busy summer for Slang.
“I’ll be in Vancouver every day for pretty much the entire month of July with Phase 2 of the player development program for the provincial team,’’ she said.
“So I’ll be training almost every day of the week, games on the weekend and then we’re finishing with a week-long tournament at UBC against, I think, most of the Prairie provinces.’’
Watch for more on Slang July 16 when she’ll be featured as the Youth Athlete of the Week.