Athletics Review: U13 Girls Soccer

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The U13 girls soccer tournament held at SMUS on Thursday, September 29th and Friday, September 30th was a resounding success! This year only four teams were able to attend the tournament so while small in size it was by no means small in enthusiam! West Point Grey Academy and Collingwood, both from Vancouver, joined GNS host school SMUS to round out the four teams. Round robin pool play took place on Thursday and it was clear from the outset that SMUS and Collingwood were the teams to beat.

SMUS played both WPGA and GNS on Thursday and came away with resounding victories ( 7-1 and 11-0). SMUS scored several beautiful goals, finished nicely up front from our forwards, after some great ball movement by the back and midfield players. It was picture perfect team work from the girls who were so wonderfully coached by SMUS Middle School faculty member Anna Miller.

The two wins set up what proved to be a fantastic game on Friday morning between SMUS and undefeated Collingwood. After getting behind 1-0 in the first half, coach Miller made some smart line-up changes which paid huge dividends, as SMUS completely dominated the second half. A nice strike from right forward Jessalyn McElderry tied the score at 1-1 and SMUS continued to be relentless in attack, hitting the Collingwood post on two other opportunities. With time winding down and both teams comtemplating overtime and perhaps even penalty kicks to decide the match, Collingwood’s star midfielder pounced on a loose ball and, with literally less than 5 seconds left on the officials’ watch, managed to get a shot away on the SMUS keeper. Wet field conditions didn’t help and sadly the ball eluded the goalie and found it’s way to the back of the SMUS net.

The girls were naturally upset but the beautiful thing about young women and sport is that they always seem to find a bright spot in anything. With heads held high they gathered for a cheer and proudly shook the hands of the Collingwood players who’s coach went on to compliment the SMUS players and their tremendous team play and sportsmanship.

To finish off the tournament, GNS and SMUS combined to make two Victoria teams and matched up against combined teams from WPGA and Collingwood and played two friendly Victoria vs. Mainland games. The rain began to sprinkle just as the games were ending and after heading to the single gym for a snack, we said our goodbyes, dried off and headed back to the middle school for afternoon classes.

Great fun was had by all! Congratulations to coach Miller and her fine squad on their success not only at this tournament but throughout the season!

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