The KU U15 girls opened their 2017 season on Saturday against the Kamloops Blaze. Unfortunately, their season didn’t start on a winning note and they were defeated by a score of 2 – 1 by the Kamloops girls.
Because of Spring Break, KU was missing a lot of players and there were only two subs on the bench. KU scored first 7 minutes into the first half when Ashlyn Eisenkrein took a hard, high shot that sailed over the keeper’s hands from the edge of the penalty box.
Kamloops tied the game at about 19 minutes. Kelowna keeper Tayshja Clark made a great first save, but the shot bounced off her hands and hit a Kelowna player on the hand. The Kamloops penalty shot taker made sure that they didn’t miss.
Kelowna came close to taking the lead with some excellent scoring chances but the half ended in a 1 – 1 tie. Kamloops is a fast and close checking team and were very good at knocking the Kelowna players off of the ball.
When the teams came out for the second half, there was a noticeable shift in momentum to the Kamloops side who now had the wind at their backs. They came very close to taking the lead on their very first possession of the half when a Kamloops player rattled a shot off the crossbar. Tayshja Clark had to make a big save to keep Kelowna in the game a few moments later.
After dominating the entire second half, Kamloops took the lead about 24 minutes in when a high shot went off keeper Tayshja Clark’s finger tips and into the net.
The KU girls have a big next weekend. They’ll next see action at the Icebreaker Tournament in Lake Country on the Easter Weekend.Danny Selby (#3) is after the Kamloops player with the ball. Ashlyn Eisenkrein is number 7. Lindsay Goett (#10) is about to kick the ball with Madison Dyke is in the background between the ref and the Kamloops player.
KU 13 goal: Avery Muir
Kamloops goal 1: direct foul shot on goal