It took over 100 minutes for the CVUSC U13 Girls Select Thunder soccer team (sponsored by Tenth Street Chiropractic Inc.) to continue their quest to play in Kelowna by winning a nail biter against Powell River in the Upper Island B Cup Provincial playdown.
Sundays at Valley View Field 1 is the site of many late game wins by the tenacious Thunder, who again teased their fans with flurries of goal chances. Thunder coach Mohtadi and Powell River coach Hollingsworth employed excellent defenders and keepers; both squads proving early that quality scoring chances were going to be scarce.
Early on P.R. dominated the midfield and never let go, pushing several balls through and testing Danielle Robertson time after time. But she held fast with an early spectacular stop that may have saved the game.
Thunder spent the first half turning back the pressure, only occasionally pushing back against the opposition’s top-notch fullbacks. However in the second half Robertson was punting the ball farther through the midfield, giving the Thunder attackers more chances to punish the P.R. backfield with run after run.
Cam and Haley were persistent in wearing down the fullbacks with great support from Olivia, Brooke, Justine and Charlotte, who were consistently backed up by Brynne, Natalie, Jayden, Lizzie, Rachel and Emma who kept the bottle sealed and the ball in control.
It took 9:45 minutes into the second gruelling overtime for the dam to finally burst and the Thunder to tally two goals within seconds to make it a 2-0 final.
The Thunder met Campbell River this past weekend in their single knockout quest to play the Lower Island representative for the Island spot in the B.C. Provincial championships in Kelowna this June.
Three weekends ago the Thunder won a playoff with Campbell River and Powell River. They blanked C.R. 4-0 then tied P.R. 1-1 after dominating the entire game ruthlessly but with little finish against a keeper who stonewalled her attackers.
Powell River defeated Campbell River 3-1, so that extra goal against C.R. earned the Thunder the right to play in the Island Cup finals in Nanaimo in May.
“Congratulations to the all the girls and their coaches for the spirited play and continued growth in skill, sportsmanship and teamwork,” a team spokesperson said.
– Thunder soccer