The Sooke Pumas div-1 women's soccer team listen to a pre-game cheer from teammate Delilah Summer before the first match of the season last year against Lakehill.

Sooke Pumas div-1 women’s soccer team possess talent, lack experience

The start of the soccer season is right around the corner, and the Sooke Pumas women’s div-1 team are hoping they can add a few more committed players to make a strong push all the way to the playoffs.

The start of the soccer season is right around the corner, and the Sooke Pumas women’s div-1 team are hoping they can add a few more committed players to make a strong push all the way to the playoffs.

Last season the team started “very strong,” said captain Lindsay Jenkins.

“(We had) a 10-game win streak—we were doing really well, then we lost a few players near the end.”

She said the team struggled the latter half of the season, finishing near the mid-bottom of the rankings after starting at the top.

“There were a couple injuries, a couple girls went travelling.”

Recruitment traditionally hasn’t been a problem. Keeping people, for various reasons like those above, has. Some have also moved on to other clubs, like former “backbone of the team” Tracy Forsberg. Jenkins said Forsberg was a star player who is going on to play for the over 30s Victoria Castaways.

But not everyone has jumped ship. Prolific goal-scorer Brogan Boyer, who averaged 20 to 30 goals over the last two seasons, is returning. With over 13 years of soccer experience, Boyer said in an email that the core group has changed quite a bit.

“Our biggest challenge this season is developing a young, new team,” said Boyer.

That’s why the forward slash mid-fielder slash striker Jenkins said the lineup is almost full, but they’re still looking for some polished talent over the next couple of weeks before the season officially begins.

“We have some new girls that are really into it, they’re fit, and they love soccer. We’re just missing the experience.”

Besides staffing issues, the other major concern is the playing surface, she said.

“Sooke is the only div-1 team in the league that doesn’t have a turf field, so we have a lot of our games cancelled.”

On days where rain is plentiful, not  a rare occurrence in the fall and winter months, the fields flood. If it gets too cold, the ground freezes solid. As a result, the Pumas end up playing an inordinate amount of away games, or games at a substitution venue on a later date that has messed with their rhythm.

“For the first half of the season I don’t think we lost a single game at home.”

Over the last two years there have been talks with the district of setting up an artificial environment, as well as “lots and lots of fundraising” for the expensive project. They are still a ways away, but Jenkins is wishful it will be a reality within the next five years.

Tryouts and practices are underway at Fred Milne Park on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.for the next two weeks. During the 20-game regular season, home matches will be played at Fred Milne on Saturday nights at 6 p.m.,  noon on Sunday for away. Any questions can be emailed to Jenkins at linds.jenkins@hotmail.com.

Just Posted

Tips from BC Ferries for travelling this Canada Day long weekend

Tips from BC Ferries for smooth sailing this Canada Day long weekend

Jordan River is his home and he’s working to save it

Wayne Jackaman’s own mining background put to use to help save Jordan River

Victoria teen killed by falling tree remembered as hero

Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling towards him and his friends

Langford liquor store targeted by thieves twice in one night

West Shore RCMP seek to identify break and enter suspect

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

WITH VIDEO: Two endangered marmots released on Vancouver Island

With three new pups born in May, two more Vancouver Island Marmots… Continue reading

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

Two bear cubs saved near Revelstoke after mother hit by car

Conservation officers trapped the cubs and transported them to a wildlife sanctuary

Heroism medal for B.C. woman who tried to save wheelchair-bound man stuck on rail tracks

Julie Callaghan awarded Carnegie Medal from U.S.-based foundation for ‘extraordinary heroism’

Most Read