A 2-0 victory against Vernon Tolko United under-17 April 26 has improved Pinnacles FC U18 to two wins, one draw in the Thompson Okanagan Youth Soccer League.
Since starting the season with a 2-2 draw against Kamloops Blaze U18 on April 18, Pinnacles FC crushed Kamloops U17 10-1 on April 19.
“The season so far is going good,” said Pinnacles FC coach Paulo Araujo. “We’re playing some really nice football. Every game they are getting better and better.”
In the win against Vernon, Araujo saw his team play down to the visitors level at times. There were spurts they didn’t show the same high intensity.
“I think that’s just a learning process,” said Araujo. “They will get better as the season keeps going.”
The Pinnacles FC coach said the Vernon squad is young as well and played a compact, defensive style.
“They were hoping for the counter-attack to score. That didn’t materialize,” he said.
The goal for Pinnacles FC, who host Shuswap this Sunday at Kings Park at 1:30 p.m., is to qualify for provincials. Araujo, who coached the Pinnacles U17 squad to silver last year, also has players who won provincial gold. The team is a mixture of U16 to 18 players.
“I think for them it’s going back to provincials and trying to win another medal,” he said.
There will also be about four or five players from that team who will play for his Penticton Pinnacles squad, that opens the season in the Pacific Coast Soccer League Premier Division on the road this weekend.
“The big goal is development of our younger players,” he said.