Final day of the BC Summer Games sees fierce competition on the soccer fields

Final day of the BC Summer Games sees fierce competition on the soccer fields

Author: BC Games Society/Monday, July 21, 2014/Categories: 2014 BC Summer Games, Soccer

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The competition at the BC Games can be fierce, and there can be no better example of that than the two medal matches that took place on Sunday morning in girls soccer.

 Fraser River-Delta faced Fraser Valley in the bronze medal game, and while it was ultimately won by Fraser Valley, it could have been could have been anyone’s game. 0-0 at the end of regulation, the final outcome of the game was decided by penalty kicks, with Fraser Valley scoring 4 and Fraser River-Delta scoring 3.

 “There were great saves on both sides and both teams played extremely well,” said Fraser Valley coach Kathleen Acaster (Pitt Meadows). “The intensity of the game was really high; it felt like it was the gold medal game.”

 Acaster, who has been participating in the BC Games as a coach since 2006, was impressed with the effort of all her players, but there was one in particular who really stood out.   “All the girls played tremendously, but our goalie, Kennedy Jette (Port Coquitlam), is one of the ones that really stood out for me.   She only conceded one regulation goal the entire tournament, and just 6 out of the 15 penalty kicks that were taken on her.”

 Immediately after the completion of the bronze medal match, Thompson-Okanagan took the field against Vancouver-Squamish in a game that proved to be just as exhilarating as the previous.  10 minutes into the second half, both teams were still scoreless.

 It was at this point that Lindsay Notte (Kelowna), daughter of Thompson-Okanagan coach David Notte, took the field, although she was injured from an earlier game in tournament. 

 “She said to me before the game, Dad – I just need 5 minutes in the second half.” Coach Notte remarked.  “So I put her on the field and she scored four and a half minutes later.”

 After that the intensity only increased as Vancouver-Squamish battled to even up the score, nearly doing so with a shot that hit the cross bar and deflected straight down, narrowly missing going in the net.   Thompson-Okanagan held onto their lead and then Sophia Seibel scored the team’s second goal with only minutes left in the game.

When asked if this was the result has was expecting from his team, Coach Notte had nothing but great things to say about his players, “They came together a month and a half ago from all across the region, and all of them have just gone above and beyond.  I have been so impressed with the passion, commitment, enthusiasm, and the mainly the support for each other that they have showed since the very beginning.  I had confidence coming into this that we could do really well, and after I saw how well the girls played in their first game, I knew we had a chance to get the gold.”

Over on the boys’ field, the excitement was just as great, with Thompson-Okanagan taking on Vancouver-Squamish in the bronze medal game, and Fraser River-Delta facing off against Fraser Valley for the gold.   

Thompson-Okanagan put forward a great effort and held off Vancouver-Squamish until the second half, but in the end Vancouver-Squamish proved victorious with a final score of 4-0, earning them the bronze medal.  Fraser Valley walked away with the gold, beating the silver medal winners Fraser River-Delta 3-0.


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