The Sooke Tsunamis U-15 girls soccer team finished their season on a high, finishing as champions with the U15 Silver District Cup. As a team, they made it to the Lower Island District Cup finals, which was played on Saturday, April 6 at West Hills stadium.
They won their soccer match against Cowichan, with a final score of 2-1 in a well-fought battle.
The game started with the Tsunamis dominating the first half and seeing many chances to score. Forwards Cassidy Logan and Hailey Dimock had many opportunities, with the support of their mid-fielders Morganne Orchard, Alexis George, Mary Gaj, Morgan O’quinn and Taylor Benard. In spite of all efforts, the ball would not go in the net.
The back line played tight with Rachael Wiebe as sweeper, Katija Pallot as stopper, and the outside defenders Kiomi Yates, Sarah Ehman and Riley McLean. Goalkeeper Hope Millard made some outstanding saves in the first half.
At halftime, the score was still tied, 0-0.
Cowichan came out very strong in the second half, penetrating the back line and scoring. The Tsunamis worked very hard with several more attempts to score, but the soccer gods were not shining on Sooke that day — or so it seemed.
The ball came to outside mid-fielder Taylor Benard who took a shot and scored to tie up the match. The game was very intense. Sooke dealt with the pressure, and continued to make many more attempts to score, with a shot that rebounded off Cowichan goalkeeper.
At last, with only minutes left in the game, Rebecca Stauffer had a shot. And she placed it well, scoring the winning goal.
The girls played a well-fought battle, and Alexis George was picked MVP for Sooke Tsunamis for the match. Congratulations Tsunamis for being such champions!