Sooke had total of six teams this past weekend to compete at this year’s District Cup Finals – a new record for Sooke! Gold medals for the U14 and U16 girls and Silver for U13, U14, U16 boys and U17 girls.
Saturday started off with the U16 girls playing Saanich; Sooke dominated the entire game and final score was 3-1 for Sooke. This team set the bar for the rest of the day.
Coaches Jennifer Petrie and Bruce Milton
Next up were the U14 boys who ended up losing 3-1 against Bays. This team has had a great season, won the Lisa cup, and so maybe the ol’ saying you can’t win em all proved to be true this time around. Great season boys.
Coach Tim Satterford Manager Cherie Duncan
U16 Silver boys played a tough game against Salt Spring in the District Cup final. Our Sooke boys came away with Silver in a very close game. The final score was 2-1 for Salt Spring.
Sooke’s goal came from Taylor Cummings with Chris Berkeley assisting.
Kudos to all the boys and a very special Thank you to our goalie Rylin Wilsher who played a stellar game and was named MVP. See you all next season!
U13 boys played Salt Spring next and after an exciting end to end battle, score was 2-2 and went into power kicks. Goals went in for Sooke and Saltspring, but Saltspring came out on top. Tough loss for a great team that fought hard til the bitter end.
Coach Corey Stratten
Last up and a very anticipated game all day were the U14 girls playing Saanich. We knew it was going to be a battle as we have tied this team or lost by one goal all season.
The girls were pumped after many of them watched soccer all day. About midway through the first half, strikers Layla and Faith worked together in the box, Layla didn’t give in, and battled to get the ball in the net.
Getting that first goal really helped this team to keep their momentum and confidence. Halftime pep talk, heard “we can’t get cocky” about 15 times… Wildcats take the field with fierceness. Saanich had some good chances but they had a hard time beating our awesome defensive line of Georgia, Makenna, Sky, Ciara and Shae.
Not to mention our goal keeper Ella who earned her MVP status hands down. Midfielders Grace and Chalmers on the wings with Alex in the middle were strong and were key to our passing possession plays. Hannah, Sarah and Emma, and Addison all played with intensity. Next goal to go in was by Chalmers flying down the wing and bang! fires a rocket that went through the goal keeper’s hands.
We were ecstatic – but we still couldn’t get cocky. Saanich managed to get a goal soon after and it became even more intense as they wanted to tie it bad. But Sooke never stopped and we pulled Layla back to defense to stave them off.
When Faith got a 1v1 opportunity and beat the defender to fire a bullet of a shot into the back of the net, Sooke was up 3-1 late in the second half we knew we had it. We kept our cool and only got cocky after the final whistle blew.
This team played their hearts out and deserved to win that Gold medal so bad! Couldn’t be more proud and can’t wait for next year!
Coaches Laura Lockhart and Dave Peters, Manager Lisa Knoles
The Sooke Autobots U17 girls played in the finals on Sunday on Fred Milne park, against U18 Peninsula Falcons, field conditions were not ideal, but the Autobots were hot, all eleven players stepped up to the plate, played 90 minutes of hard soccer, missing three players from their roster due to injuries. Defenders Kiomi Yates, Sydney Drysdale, Katija Pallot, Racheal Wiebe were all working hard together as a unit, they did not give up a corner kick until the second half.
Mid-fielders Chloe Mitchell, Riley McLean, Hailey Bryant, Jaime Lafontaine transitioned well, applying pressure to the other team.
Sooke scored first in the 42 minutes from a corner taken by Taylor Benard , which Chloe Mitchell scored with a header. Sooke was in the lead. Peninsula came out strong and tied up the game in the second half.
Sooke persevered and scored their second goal in the 69th minute to take the lead, Cassidy Logan took a throw in to Chloe Mitchell, who passed the ball to Taylor Benard who scored from outside the 18-yard box. The game went from end to end, battle to battle. Goal keeper Hope Millard was out standing, making great saves as Peninsula increased the pressure. They were successful and tied the game at the 87 minute mark. The match went to a shoot out, with the Autobots losing to Peninsula.
Goal keeper Hope Millard was awarded MVP in the match. All Autobots stepped up to the plate and came away with the silver medal in the Lower Island District Cup finals. The team had a great cup run.
Coaches Wendy Cole and Chris Bryant
SSC would like to congratulate all teams that made it into the finals. We have some amazing talent in this club and you are all rock stars.
Spring Soccer registration is in full swing with many people taking advantage of registration this weekend.
Next registration is Tuesday April 7, between 6-8 p.m. and final registration is April 11 10-2 p.m. at wind-up. Also registration for next season is available at these times and we highly encourage teams to register early.
Laura Lockhart, SSC President