The Ice Breaker tournament lived up to its name when the KU U-15 girls faced off against each other early on a frosty Saturday morning for their first game of the tournament. This hard fought game ended in a 2 -2 tie.
KU (M) scored first at 24 minutes when Chloe Howe curved a corner kick around Tayshja Clark and into the goal. When the teams returned to the field for the second half, KU (G) got on the board two minutes into the half when after a scramble in front of the net, Ashlyn Eisenkrein kicked in a loose ball. KU (G) took the lead 20 minutes into the second half when Lindsay Goett scored. Llala Joseph from KU (M) then scored on a penalty shot with minutes left in the game to tie it up.
It would have been easy for the KU girls to be intimidated by the passing and shot taking skills demonstrated by the much bigger Vernon girls during the warm-up. However, during this game, the Kelowna girls held their own and relied on speed, ball handling, and tenacity to limit high quality scoring chances for the Vernon girls. The Kelowna girls had several excellent scoring chances in the game but couldn’t find the net.
The KU girls played very well in this tight defensive game and can be very proud of their efforts.
The Kelowna girls took on a feisty U-16 Select team from Nelson and closed out the round robin portion of the Ice Breaker with a convincing 3-0 win.
Kelowna goals were scored by Ashlyn Eisenkrein, Brianna Panagos, and Kaley Krivoshein. With this win, Kelowna moved on to the Gold Medal game against the Shuswap Selects.
The KU girls faced Shuswap in the Gold Medal game at Beasley Park on Sunday afternoon. Shuswap came out flying and came close to scoring a couple of goals in the first few minutes of the game. However, Kelowna regained their composure and the teams became much more evenly matched. Kelowna scored the only goal of the game minutes before the half when Kaley Krivoshein booted in a cross from Madison Dyck.
The Kelowna United U15 Girls (Manning) also made it to the medal round undefeated with 3 draws. Falling to Prince George 2-0 in the bronze medal match to finish 4th, KU was very close to having two medals in the same division! Congrats to both U15 Girls teams on a well played tournament!
The first game of the tournament was against the Calgary MSB United Destroyers. This was a hard fought, even game with one unfortunate last minute goal by MSB United that gave them a 1:0 win. MVP for Kelowna was awarded to Alec Miller.
Game 2: Kelowna United U13 Boys V – 0 Port Moody – 4
A strong Port Moody team put the pressure on early and got their first goal 9 minutes into the game. Kelowna recovered and gained strength and stood their ground, but a quick counter attack by Port Moody let to another goal just before half time. In the second half Kelowna continued to put pressure on, but where not able to finish their plays. Port Moody had two more goals, one through a penalty kick and one last minute goal. Kelowna played strong, but they had to take a 4:0 defeat. Keeper Jacob Foerderer was awarded the MVP of the game.
Game 3: Kelowna United U13 Boys V – 2 Prince George Selects – 3
he last game played was against Prince George U13 Selects. Prince George came out swinging and scored two back-to-back goals just before half time. Kelowna answered with a short pass by Michael Kraus from the outside box to Jack Milligan, who’s strong foot passed PG’s goalie and made this a close 2:1 at half time. Kelowna had lots of scoring opportunities in the second half, but struggled to finish the game. Prince George scored once more 20 minutes into the second half that got answered right after kick off by a penalty goal by Riley Woolfall. The game result was a 3:2 loss for the Kelowna U13 Boys.
Although the KU U13 Boys lost all their games, they kept up their good spirits and fought each game with great passion and never gave up. Most valuable player of the tournament was awarded to Jack Milligan.