KU U11 Boys Skillerz (Vracarevic)
The KU U11 Boys Skillerz represented our club this past weekend at the Kamloops Slurpee Cup tournament and demonstrated great soccer skills. They have all been attending practices on regular basis and it showed this weekend. The boys endured the heat while maintaining the game plan. The parents also stepped up to make sure all players could participate to ensure a successful team building experience.
Kash Goruk (#11) as he races for the ball with Stefan Vracarevic and Adrien Pastinelli coming to assist him
KU Hot Shots U12 Girls (Chad Bigattini) – Gold Medal Winners in U13 Gold Division
Game 1: KU U12 Girls Hotshots – 1 Harbour City U13 Girls – 0
Kelowna United U12 Girls Hot Shots headed out to Kamloops this past weekend to play in the U13 Girls Gold division in the Slurpee Cup. Everyone was nervous as it was their first time playing 11 v 11 on the large field, however once they settled into their first game against Harbour City, Kelowna Hot Shots took us all by surprise taking the win with a fabulous cross from Sarah Donick to the middle of the 18 yard box where Mykayla Zukowski chipped it in. A solid defence by Ashtyn Clarke, Rylee Gordon, Sofia Bigattini and Madison Merner kept the Harbour City offence at bay while Abigail Gubbels gave a solid performance as keeper. MVP of the game went to center back Ashtyn Clarke.
Game 2: KU U12 Girls Hotshots – 1 Whistler Sea to Sky U13 Girls Storm – 1
The game began very evenly as the girls battled against Whistler Sea to Sky Storm for possession over the ball. Early in the first half of the game four Kelowna United Hot Shots rushed the net as Emerey Meadwedew took a shot to the far corner where Sofia De Pieri found the perfect position allowing her to tip it in the net. Whistler Sea to Sky Storm fought hard and came back with a goal resulting in a tie game. Center back Rylee Gordon received MVP of the game.
Game 3: KU U12 Girls Hotshots – 1 Terrace U13 Girls – 0
Kelowna United Hot Shots fought a very even game against Terrace. Avery Keating caught a break on the left wing as she exploded down the field and slammed one deep in the back of the net giving the Kelowna United Hot Shots the win and securing their spot in the gold medal game. Daisy Janes gave a solid performance on the wing earning her the MVP of the game.
Gold Medal Game: KU U12 Girls Hotshots – 2 Williams Lake U 13 Girls – 0
Kelowna United Hot Shots entered their gold medal match in 30 degree heat at McArthur Island. The energy was high and game faces were on. Once the team settled into the game a play late in the 2nd half resulted in a corner kick. Mykayla Zukowski curved one directly toward the far corner of the net and bounced the ball off of one of her opponent’s legs giving Kelowna United Hot Shots the lead in the game. Half time gave them the rest they needed to continue the battle on the field. About half way into the 2nd half of the game a free kick was drawn outside the 18 yard box. Mykayla Zukowski found the opening deep in the far left corner of the net securing the gold medal game for her team and earning the MVP. A solid performance by keeper Abbey Gubbles along with defenders Ashtyn Clarke, Rylee Gordon, Sofia Bigattini, Madison Merner, midfielders Ava Sowinski, Haven Turner, wingers Sofia De Pieri, Kadence Hamilton, Daisy Janes, and Grace Gordon, as well as striker Raquel Roosdahl resulted in the win of the tournament. Special thanks to all our pick up players, Sarah Donick, Amy Turton, Canses Gibson, Sarah Griesbrecht, Haven Turner, Emerey Medwedew, Payton Story, Kiarra Schoffer, Avery Keating, Grace Gordon and keeper for the tournament Abigail Gubbels.
Pic #1: Abigail Gubbels; Pic #2; Ava Sowinski; Pic #3; Team Celebration; Pic #4; Kadence Hamilton; Pic #5; Madison Merner; Pic #6; Rylee Gordon; Pic #7; Sofia Bigattini; Pic #8; Mykayla Zukowski kicking the winning goal: Pic #9; Team with Cup. -Back row L to R: Madison Merner, Sofia Bigattini, Mykayla Zukowski, Ashtyn Clarke, Sofia De Pieri, Rylee Gordon; Middle: Haven Turner; Front row: Ava Sowinski, Daisy Janes, Abigail Gubbels, Raquel Roosdahl, Kadence Hamilton & Grace Gordon
KU U13 Girls Storm (Watson)
Coach Rob Watson of Kelowna United U13G said this past weekend was a tremendous experience for our U13 Kelowna United ‘Storm’ girls.
Kelowna entered into the very competitive Metro Division A pool at the annual Slurpee Cup and our girls did not disappoint!! In fact they caused a little thunder of their own starting out Friday evening when keeper Kennedy Day placed 2nd in the ‘Keeper Challenge’ event!!
From there Kelowna United Storm rolled on finishing with solid outings and 3 convincing wins over Surrey Pegasus FC (1-0), Richmond Thunder FC (3-1) and Kamloops Orange (1-0)……only defeat coming to Sherwood Park Phoenix (5-1).
Contribution from our entire roster both offensively and defensively was the key to our success over the weekend. A real team effort by all with special mention going to our defensive backs Haylie Steel, Mekhila Brown, Kiera Swift, Shannon Rowe, Lilly Kolochuk & Emily Buckmaster who were rock solid all 4 matches !!
Storm girls finished 2nd in ‘A’ Pool and 3rd overall out of 8 teams from BC & Alberta in the cross-over tournament.
Back row L to R: Asst Coach Chris Adamson (in Red) Emily Buckmaster, Kiera Swift, Jenna Gilbert, Kaydee Copithorne, Malyssa Watson, Kaedence Mollin, Lilly Kolochuk, Head Coach Rob Watson (in black), Avery Muir – Bottom row L to R: Haylie Steel, Hailey Christiansen, Julia Adamson, Kennedy Day, Mekhila Brown, Makena Marble, Paris Kirk & Shannon Rowe
KU U-15 Girls (Greenhough) Silver at Slurpee Cup
Game 1: KU U15 Girls (Greenhough) – 2 Edmonton Drillers U15 Girls – 0
The KU U-15 Girls (Greenhough) started the Slurpee Cup on a winning note by beating the Edmonton Drillers 2-0 in their first game. Conditions were hot and sunny when the teams took to the field on Saturday afternoon. KU scored first when the Edmonton keeper came way out of her net to challenge Kaley Krivoshein for the ball. Kaley got past her and booted the ball into the net 7 minutes into the game. Kelowna got their second goal 19 minutes into the second half when the Edmonton keeper mishandled a shot taken by Kaley Krivoshein and Ashlyn Eisenkrein kicked in the rebound. Lindsay Goett was named Game MVP
Game 2: KU U15 Girls (Greenhough) – 2 Red Deer U15 Girls – 2
Even though they travelled a long way to Slurpee Cup, the Red Deer girls scored first in their game against Kelowna. Tayshja Clark made the first save, but a Red Deer player was able to kick the rebound into the net just before the end of the first half. Kelowna had a lot of great scoring chances but weren’t able to finish some great passing plays. Red Deer increased their lead to 2-0 10 minutes into the second half when they scored on a penalty kick. Kelowna got on the board 22 minutes into the second half when Madison Dyke was left alone at the left side of the field and got a great shot away, eluding the Red Deer keeper. Kelowna tied the game up 3 minutes later on a shot by Brianna Panagos. Ashlyn Eisenkrein was named Game MVP
Game 3: KU U15 Girls (Greenhough) – 4 Comox Valley U15 Girls – 0
Kelowna scored first 21 minutes into the game when Kaley Krivoshein deked out the challenging keeper and calmly eased the ball into the open net. Krivoshein scored again 2 minutes later when Tayshja Clark threw the ball up to Lindsay Goett who fed it to Kaley who kicked a nice, clean shot into the goal. Sophia Millikin increased the Kelowna lead to 3-0 at the 29 minute mark on a pass from Ashlyn Eisenkrein. Kelowna scored their fourth of the game 15 minutes into the second half. Ashlyn Eisenkrein made a great solo effort, deking out several Comox players and getting the ball past the Comox keeper who was injured trying to make the save. Sofia MacQuarrie was named Game MVP.
Gold Medal Game: KU U15 Girls (Greenhough) – 2 McKenzie (Calgary) U15 Girls – 2
Nothing’s better than a Slurpee on a hot day and the KU girls really needed one after battling a very fast and aggressive Calgary team to a 2-2 tie to finish off the tournament.
Kamloops was baking when the teams took the field for the mid-afternoon Gold Medal game. The Calgary girls attacked hard right from the opening whistle and scored first 24 minutes into the first half. After a throw in, a Calgary player took a shot from a sharp angle and the ball squeaked through a gap between Kelowna keeper Tayshja Clark and the post.
Kelowna tied the game 27 minutes into the second half when Ashlyn Eisenkrein make a nice lead pass to Lindsay Goett who broke down the field and booted a hard shot past the Calgary keeper.
Lindsay Goett put KU ahead 3 minutes later when she scored on a penalty shot after being hauled down on a break-away. Unfortunately, after a stoppage of play for an injured Kelowna player, Calgary was able to tie the game with three minutes left in the match.
Although the game ended in a 2-2 tie, Calgary won the Gold Medal based on their overall record during the tournament. The Silver Medal winning KU girls played like champions and can be very proud of how they battled against the very aggressive and confident Calgary team.
Tayshja Clark was named Game MVP
Pic #1; Ashlyn Eisenkrein winding up for a shot; Pic #2: Nikola Rowe, Lindsay Goett & Sophia Millikin; Pic #3; Taylor Luchs; Pic #4: Sophia MacQuarrie and Nikola Rowe