The Kelowna United/Junior Heat Teams finished off a great season winning 5 medals at this past weekend’s Provincial A & B Championships!
In Provincial B action, The U16 Girls and U18 Boys brought home the Gold with the U15 Boys and U15 Girls both earning a bronze! The U18 Girls finished up 4th in their division after a hard fought battle losing in overtime. The U16 Boys finished 5th and U13 Girls 6th.
In Provincial A’s, the U13 Junior Heat Boys bagged a Silver medal with the U14 Boys, U15 Boys and U14 Girls all finishing up 4th in their division!
Below are some highlights of the games:
KU U18 Boys – Provincial B Gold Medal Winners
The Kelowna United U18 Boys claimed the gold medal going undefeated in all 4 games with only one goal against them!
Game 1: 4- 0 win vs Nelson Selects
Goal Scorers: Quinn Large, Mason Chidlow, Taylor Piche & Mitch Sloan
Game 2: 2 -1 win vs Coquitlam Metro Ford
Goal Scorers: Taylor Piche x 2
Game 3: 5-0 win vs West Coast Auto
Goal Scorers: Quinn Large x 2 and Taylor Piche with a hat trick
Gold Medal Game: 3-0 win vs South Burnaby Strikers
Scorers: Connor Sandrin x 2 & Ben Lommer
Back row L to R: Coach David Lommer, Jason Hesketh, Turner Woodroff, Mitch Sloan, Clarke Larsen, Nick Balkan, Ben Lommer, Brady McMechan, Quinn large, trainer Mark Gallagher. Front row L to R: Connor Yendley, Charlie Martin, Ethan Attwood, Noah Dueck, Kevin Kentel, Liam Gallagher, Connor Sandrin, Mason Chidlow, Andrew McDuff and Taylor Piche. Missing: Alec Stewart and Harrison deHaas
KU U16 Girls – Provincial B Gold Medal Winners
The Kelowna United U16 Girls has had an outstanding season going undefeated in all TOYSL league and playoff games. The goal of the team was to win the Provincial Cup. Coach Mike Smith worked hard with each player to ensure they reached their personal and team goals, which they reached going undefeated in Provincials and capturing the Gold Medal!
Game 1: 2-1 win vs Penticton
First game of the provincials was against their TOYSL rival, Penticton Pinnacles. The girls fought hard and left it all on the field. Penticton responded quick in the first half while Kelowna responded with two goals by Annabelle Perry, assisted by Gracie Matheson and Katrina Schrod from Sarah Gervais. Kelowna played a strong defensive second half to secure the win
Game 2: 4-0 win vs Gorge FC
This was a full team effort winning with goals scored by: Logan Finley, Sarah Gervais, Kassie Zukowski and Katrina Schrod. Hailey Wright was a major playmaker assisting three of the goals with Faith Tazelaar notching a shut out
Game 3: 4-2 win vs Langley United
This was a tough fought game. Langley squad was a talented, quick, and strong team. Kelowna had to work hard offensively to earn the 4-2 win, scoring three goals in the last 20 minutes. Goal scorers: Katrina Schrod, Hailey Wright, Sammi Krupka, and Sarah Gervais.
Gold Medal game: 1-0 win vs VFC Devils
Three wins easily secured the Gold medal game against the VFC Devils, who for the past three years have been the team’s opponent fighting for the Provincial Cup.
The team played as a solid unit with all 18 players contributing to the win. The final score was 1-0 with Faith Tazelaar earning a shut out and Sarah Gervais scoring.
Back row L to R: Treena Krupka, Assistant Manager, Amy Drew, Dominique Spooner, Kassie Zukowski, Katrina Schrod, Logan Finley, Catherine Howe, Chelsea Cristofoli, Gracie Matheson, Sarah Gervais, Georgia Lawrence, Tiernan Hickson, and Tyna Trefry, Team Manager. Front row L to R: Mike Smith, Coach, Emily Metz, Annabelle Perry, Hailey Wright, Faith Tazelaar, Kaitlin Smith, Sammi Krupka, and Teagan Milligan.
KU/Junior Heat U13 Boys – Provincial A Silver Medal Winners
The U13 Junior Heat boys attended the Provincial A’s in Surrey and went undefeated in their games.
Game 1: 1-0 win vs Burnaby, who won the Cascadia League on the Coast.
The game was scoreless until the last minute of the game when their goalie advanced 30 yards out of his net with the ball and miskicked it to Max Therrien who scored from 40 yards out to clinch the win for the Junior Heat.
Game 2: 1-0 win vs Fraser Valley
The Heat scored at the 20 minute mark with Matteo Bigittini striking a beautifully placed shot in the top corner. The second win guaranteed the team to be in the gold medal game.
Game 3 we rested players and prepared for Sundays final.
Gold Medal Game: 3-2 loss vs Coquitlam Metro Ford
The first half was scoreless in a evenly matched game against Coquitlam Metro Ford. In the second half, Metro Ford scored a tough angled shot and scored a second goal shortly after putting the Heat 2 goals down. The boys responded with intense pressure that resulted in 2 free kicks from 25 yards out. Both free kicks were taken by Matteo Bigitinni who scored both. The game was 2-2 and the boys had momentum on their side. With minutes left, a ball was bobbled into our own net to put us down 3-2. The Heat responded with intense pressure and had 2 very good scoring opportunities in the dying minutes, but the time ran out. The team won a ‘Fair team play award’ and came second in Provincial A’s, which is a great outcome. Coquitlam Metro Ford is a very strong team and they were very complimentary about the talent and work ethic of the Kelowna United’s Junior Heat Boys.
The boys played great and we are very proud of them!
Front row L to R: Erick Jabbusch, Wilson McRorie, Mason Nabozniak, Kurtus Sherman, Max Therrien, Kultar Gosal. Back row (L to R) James Harris, Emerson Marin, Luke Robertson, Tristan Morris, Zack Moldovan. Davis Bone, Matteo Bigattini, Ben Burton, Grady Thompson, Killian Newitt
Coaches: Kelly Sherman, Greg Thompson, Adam Robertson
Kelowna United U15 Boys – Provincial B Bronze Medal Winners
The U15 KU Boys captured the bronze at Provincial B’s with just barely missing an opportunity for the Gold Medal match. The team went undefeated in all 4 matches with only 3 goals scored against them.
Game 1: 6-2 win vs Columbia Valley Titans
Game 2: 2-0 win vs North Coquitlam Eagles
Game 3: 1-1 draw vs Kamloops Blaze
Bronze Medal Game: 1-0 win vs Powell River Panthers
Pic 1 Front row L to R: Stephano Poloni, Eli Dorin, Micah Dryden, Zack MacInnes, Eric Dueck, Jaden Lohn, Jayden Bridge, Lee Arnesen, Matteo Sasso-Avila. Back row L to R: Assistant Chuck McEwan, Kai Hagan, Gavin Lawlor, Connor Laing, Nathan Gilbert, Adam Love, Noah Kroeker, Kale Mistal, Cole McEwan, Coach Otto Lohn
Kelowna United U15 Girls – Provincial B Bronze Medal Winner
The KU U-15 girls (Greenhough) travelled to Surrey this past weekend for the BC Girls Provincial Soccer Championships. It was a weekend of sun, sand, shopping and seafood by the sea at White Rock. The girls didn’t lose a game, and finished with a Bronze medal to finish off their 2016/2017 season.
Game 1: 1-0 win vs Terrace
It was very hot and sunny when the KU girls started their quest for gold at the Provincials by taking on a spirited team from Terrace. Kelowna controlled the ball for much of the first half and made some great passing plays but didn’t take many shots on goal. At half time, there was still no score. Terrace came close to scoring first on a penalty shot that rattled off the crossbar. Kelowna finally broke the stalemate 17 minutes into the second half on a goal scored by Madison Dyck.
Game 2: 0-0 tie vs Langley FC Heat
In their second game, the KU girls took on Langley FC Heat on a windswept turf field. The wind was a definite factor in this game and it was hard for both teams to control the speed and power of their passes. Tayshja Clark had to make a huge save to prevent Langley from squeaking out a victory. The game ended in a 0-0 tie.
Game 3: 1-1 tie vs Surrey United Heat
The Kelowna girls faced off against last year’s Provincial champions, Surrey United Heat.
During the warmup, the Surrey girls looked very intimidating and for the first 5 minutes of the game, it looked like they might dispose of the Kelowna girls very efficiently. However, the KU girls soon ramped up their game and matched Surrey for intensity, hustle, and skill.
At the half there was still no score but Kelowna got the first goal of the game 10 minutes into the second half. Kaley Krivoshein was tackled and was awarded a free kick which floated over the Surrey keeper and into the goal.
Surrey tied up the game about 7 minutes later with a long free kick that got past Kelowna keeper Tayshja Clark.
The Kelowna girls brought their A game against a very tough and skilled Surrey team and they can be very proud of the result. Because the game ended in a tie, Surrey moved on to the Gold Medal game against Kamloops and the Kelowna girls were relegated to the Bronze Medal game against Shuswap Selects.
Bronze Medal Game: 4-1 win vs Shuswap Selects
Kelowna opened the scoring when Kaley Krivoshein took a pass from Madison Dyck and scored 14 minutes in. Kelowna scored again 24 minutes later on an excellent solo effort by Ashlyn Eisenkrein who burst through the defenders, took a shot, picked up her own rebound and booted it in. Both teams played very well in the first half although Kelowna had most of the high quality scoring chances. The score was 2-0 at the half.
Shuswap got on the board 10 minutes into the second half when a nice lead pass led to a goal. Kelowna scored again 18 minutes later on a penalty kick. Sophia Milliken took a nice easy shot that caught the Shuswap keeper going the wrong way. About 13 minutes later, Kaley Krivoshein took a shot that bounced off the goal post. The rebound came right back to her and she scored KU’s fourth and final goal of the game and tournament, securing the Bronze Medal.
Pic #1: Front row L to R: Second from left, Taylor Luchs, Kaley Krivoshein, Brianna Panagos, Madison Dyck, Makenna Banser, Danielle Selby, Nicola Rowe, Hannah Heller. Back row L to R: Tom Flanagan, Sophia Milliken, Sophia MacQuarrie, Ashlyn Eisenkrein, Bianca Panagos,Tayshja Clark, Avneet Lalli, Lindsay Goett; Pic #2: KU vs Langley; Pic #3: Ashlyn Eisenkrein vs Terrace; Pic #4: Lindsay Goett; Pic #5: Kaley Krivoshein, Ashlyn Eisenkrein, Sophia Milliken & Lindsay Goett; Pic #6: Ashlyn Eisenkrein scoring against Shuswap; Pic #7: Madison Dyck; Pic #8: Kaley Krivoshein & Ashlyn Eisenkrein
Congratulations to all the KU/Junior Heat Teams for their great efforts this year!