Last Thursday and Friday Carihi’s Senior A and B girls soccer teams both participated in the 19th annual Investors Group Cup Tournament, held at both Carihi and Willow Point field.
The senior B played an impressive four games against high caliber teams and showed real tenacity throughout the entire tournament.
The senior A lost their first game 3-1 on Thursday morning against a skilled Argyle squad, with Macayla Gray scoring the lone goal, but rallied to win their second against St John Brebeuf 4-1. The goal scorers were Morgan McDonald, Emma Skalik, Lisa Lloyd, and Kyla May. This allowed them to go on to play in the semifinal on Friday and then possibly in the finals to win the plate.
The first game on Friday consisted of a match against Parkland Panthers, with Alexis Giebelhaus opening the scoring right off the bat with a touch into the net off of a corner given by Lisa Eberlien to bring Carihi ahead by one. It was 2-1 at the half after Morgan placed a shot in the corner passed the Parkland keeper. The second half was completely dominated by Carihi in white, keeping possession and playing the passing game they always try for.
The youngster on the team Charlie Borrie, found openings in the mid field to allow the ball to move quickly from the back line to the forwards with Megan Robertson helping the passing along as well.
The third goal came after a corner was bounced between Tyees and Panthers right on the goal line, until Emily Dreger was finally able to knock the ball passed the goalie. The rest of the half was a solid fight between the two teams, with Carihi holding the lead for a 3-2 victory and trip to the finals against Brentwood.
Going into the final game, knowing that Brentwood would definitely be the bigger challenge of the day and that the plate was on the line, assistant coach Greg Borrie decided to change up the defence line and have Madison Ashcroft play the sweeper position with Kamiya Iwamoto and Lidia Sanchez supporting on the wings. The ball was found in the feet of both teams throughout the entire game, with counter attacks after counter attacks, but Carihi held possession 90 per cent of the time, keeping the pressure in the Brentwood end.
The first half was a stupendous effort by both teams to keep the score 0-0 going in to half time.
The second half though, favoured the Tyees. Skalik was moved higher in the midfield to take advantage of her preferred long shot from outside the 18 yard box, while Charlie was placed further back to make an outlet pass available. Taking advantage of the new dimensions, the ball was moved quickly up the field to Skalik’s feet where she was able to blast the ball over the keepers head, opening the scoring and giving Carihi a leg up.
Hard defence, lead by Alexis from the back, kept the Brentwood attacks at bay and nothing to be concerned about. Lisa Lloyd was able to help spread the lead by scoring a second goal and keeping the Tyee spirit up. The game ended with the girls running off the field with cheers of delight.
A second place plaque was presented to Brentwood, and a plaque and the plate were both given to Kristine Osachuk and Morgan McDonald. MVP’s were given to each team in the tournament; Lisa Lloyd was the recipient for the Carihi team.