Kelowna United U15 Girls (Mike Greenough)
1st Game: KU 1, TSS FC 3
The KU U15 girls took to the field for their very first official game as a team. After practicing all winter under the Valley First Dome, the full sized, artificial turf field looked huge and somewhat intimidating.
Weather played a substantial role in this defensive struggle. KU scored first 26 minutes into the first half. After a scramble in front of the net, Sophia Millikin kicked a high, arcing shot that sailed over the keeper who just got her finger tips on it. KU took a 1-0 into the second half when the rain began. TSS FC tied the game 4 minutes into the second half. Despite the KU girls doing a good job of keeping possession and getting lots of scoring chances, TSS FC scored two more unanswered goals. Despite the loss, KU’s team’s play was very encouraging. Game MVP was Ashlyn Eisenkrein.
2nd Game: KU 0, Vancouver FC 2
The weather was more favourable for Kelowna’s second game of the tournament. Vancouver FC scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the game. KU showed flashes of brilliance and moved the ball well throughout the game but struggled to finish their plays. VFC had a very strong second half but stellar keeping by Tayshja Clark kept KU in the game. Kelowna finished the game strongly but time ran out to before the comeback was complete. Tayshja Clark was recognized with a much deserved MVP award by the other team.
3rd Game: KU 2, North Island Riptide 1 in a shootout
The most evenly matched game of the tournament saw Kelowna score first when Hannah Heller tapped a cross into the goal. Going into the halftime break the score was still 1-0 for Kelowna. North Island tied the game in the second half although Kelowna had several great scoring chances including a free kick by Lindsay Goett that went off the post. The game could not be decided in regulation time, the shootout was required. Shooters for both teams showed remarkable composure and changed up their shots to keep the keepers guessing. In the end, Tayshja Clark made a big save to give Kelowna their only win of the tournament. Lindsay Goett was awarded the Game MVP.
4th Game: KU 0, Upper Island Storm 6
The Upper Island Storm put on a great demonstration of possession and ball movement and scored their first goal about 4 minutes into the game. This was a very physical game. The North Island players are very fast and physical. By the time the second half started, Upper Island had a 4-0 lead. The KU players worked hard and sacrificed their bodies to try to slow the very strong and well organized North Island players. Kelowna goal keeper Tayshja Clark had to make numerous great saves but the Storm onslaught proved to be too much. At the end of the game, a bruised and beaten Sophia Millikin got a much deserved MVP Award.
The tournament was an excellent tune-up for the coming season.
Kelowna United U13 Girls (Rob Watson)
1st Game: KU 2, Chilliwack 0
Goals: Kaedence Mollin
2nd Game: KU 4, Kamloops 2
Goals: Jenna Gilbert, Kaedence Mollin assisted
3rd Game: KU 0, Gorge 3
4th Game: KU 3, Coquitlam 2 in shootout
Goals: Kaedence Mollin
3rd overall, missing a spot in the playoff by 1 point
Kelowna United/UBCO Junior Heat U15 Boys
1st Game: KUJH 1, CCB 0 in a shootout
This was the team’s best game against the #1 team which went to a shootout to win. The team took 9 shots only missing one with CCB missing 2.
2nd Game: KUJH 1, VanFC 0
3rd Game: KUJH 2, Upper Island Riptide 0
4th Game: KUJH 0, Vancouver Island Premier League Storm 2
In the final game, the team missed a few chances to put this one away early, however the boys ran out of steam finishing 2nd, missing 1st place by 1 point!