The U17 girls finished with the gold medal in the Spruce Grove Early Bird Tournament.
- Category: Local Sports
- Written by Hannah Stolz
It was a busy weekend for Fort Saskatchewan soccer, as three teams played in two different tournaments.
The U17 girls and U15 boys both played in the Spruce Grove Early Bird Tournament.
"It's a great tournament. It's early in the year, so when the season starts, we don't usually get a lot of practice time. So being able to enter a tournament fairly early in the year gives us that extra jolt we need to jump into the season," said U17 girls head coach Rob Hall.
The girls finished the tournament with a 3-0 record and a gold medal. Notable players over the weekend include goalkeeper Jewliana Swoboda who only let in one goal the entire tournament and was awarded the MVP for every game, as well as Abigail Potter, who scored four goals over the three games.
The score for the gold medal game against Spruce Grove remained 0-0 until the last four minutes of the game, Michayla Cragg scored the only goal of the game.
"All the games for all the teams were relatively close, there were no big blowouts. It was good learning for the girls," added Hall.
The U15 boys had a 2-0-1 record, tieing their second game and placing them in the position to win the bronze medal.
During this time, the U13 Tier 3 boys were playing a different tournament in Red Deer. This was their second year in the tournament, last year finishing in second place. This year they stepped up their game with a 3-1 record and earned themselves gold medals.
"It's a really good bunch of boys who are steadily improving as a team and I feel that we're competitive against almost any Tier 3 team in the province," said head coach Steve Ricketts.
He pointed out midfielder Lucas Wescott in particular, for dominating both offensively and defensively the whole tournament.
The next tournament the team will participate in is the Polar Cup during winter break.