After 2 years of Covid hampering Soccer - we finally got to start our quest for a National Championship birth in October 2022 at the 15AAA and 17AAA male and female level.
County teams had a great start kicking off with the 17AAA girls who after being 1-0 down after early pressure from Valley came back and won 6-1 against. After going one-nil down a couple of quick saves from Danica Scully was followed by a period of intense pressure from County that lead to 2 awesome quick solo goals from Canada Games standout, Reegan Wagg and a third from the hard-working Ava Ozilins. This turned the game in the first half and pIn the second-half goals Abby Chisholm (2) and Ava Ozilins proved too much for a Valley. The County team, in the second half, played with the quality they have promised to show all season and will need to continue further in this competition.
Next on the field at Huskies Stadium, we’re the 15AAA girls who were paired up against a strong Suburban outfit. HCU was missing midfield standout Olivia Thompson who was away at another Vancouver Whitecaps camp. County got off to a good start and took the lead through a Kate Mcphee goal. In the second half Suburban came on strong and scored two goals. The game looked lost but County showed a lot of character and never game up - In the last minute County was awarded a free-kick just over half - everyone went up and after a great delivery from Diana Lewis - County’s standout defender Hannah Richardson-McKinnon came running through to head the ball past a stranded Suburban goalkeeper. The game went into penalties and both teams had excellent spot-kicks and scored all 5. On the 6th penalty, Emma McHenry made a great save low to her left - That left Mckinnon again to step up and confidently slot home the winning goal.
In the second game Wednesday night at Huskies Stadium the 15AAA took to the field against the Valley. The game was a bit of a scrappy affair but County out-chanced Valley early. Towards the end of the second half a cross was not dealt with by Valley and the ball flew over the keepers head from a Valley defender. In the second half Valley came out strong - former HCU player Ellis Sandford - playing with his hometown team this season controlled the midfield. However, Strong defending by Bryce Trenholm, first years Lex Boutlier, Jacob White, and Carter Leblanc and the safe hands of Logan Briand steadied the ship and towards the end HCU controlled the clock and won the game.
With the 17AA- boys getting a bye in the first round that means all 4 teams compete next week at Huskies Stadium in the semi-finals.
Game times for next weeks games are as follows at Huskies Stadium
Monday July 11th - 7.45pm - U15AAA v Dartmouth United
Tuesday July 12th - 6.00pm - U17AAA Boys v Dunbrack
Thursday July 14th - 6.00pm - U15AAA Girls v Dunbrack
Friday July 15th - 8.00pm - U17AAA Girls V Dartmouth United
It is a great time to come out in your black and yellow and support your club.