U13 Golden Girls

The Kelowna United U13 girls are, front row, from left, Anika Scherck, Myiah Presiznuik, Kate MacPherson, Senna Rock, Peyton Craig, Emma Geddes and Ava Stark. Middle row, from left, Asia Borg, Sevren Branch, Jada Burden, Abby Heindl, Ayla Mulleny, Liv Willoughby, Maia Mason, Hailey Monro and team mom Sandra Presiznuik. Back row, from left, coach Martin Burden, Morgan Shearer, Karington Mollin, Samara Basaraba and assistant coach Wade MacPherson. Missing: assistant coach Michelle MacPherson.

Kelowna United’s under-13 girls won gold at the provincial B Cup in Surrey last weekend, going undefeated in four games and scoring 13 goals while only conceding two on the way to beating Coastal FC in an exciting final.

The U15 girls also won gold, claiming all three pool games by scoring seven goals and allowing two.

The girls showed character by coming from behind in the second pool game to win in the last few minutes.

The exciting final game against North Shore’s NSG Interceptors went to a penalty shootout with KU coming out in top.

Earning a silver medal, the Kelowna United U16 girls won 3-1 against West Coast Auto Group and 2-1 against Juan de Fuca.

The girls left it all on the field in a tough final against Quesnel, losing 3-1. Kelowna’s goal was scored by Olivia Gran. Kelowna United also picked up the U16 fair play award.

The Kelowna United U17 boys earned a bronze medal at the Les Sinnott Memorial Provincial B Cup in Prince George. The boys lost their first game to the Juventus Academy 2-1 with a goal scored by Ethan Kersche.

The second game was an 8-1 win for KU against Bulkley Valley. Eric Dueck scored five of the goals, Ethan Kersche scored two and Lee Arnesen added one.

The bronze-medal game was 3-0 for Kelowna against Terrace with Joshua Clancy scoring twice and Matthew Pryce adding one.

In Provincial A Cup action in Surrey, the KU Junior Heat U14 girls secured a silver medal after a dramatic and hard-fought loss against West Vancouver. Play went back and forth all game, yet neither team could find the back of the net. With no scorning after 20 minutes of added time, the game went to penalty kicks.

With the shootout tied 4-4, West Vancouver finally secured the win in sudden death PKs.

The U15 KU Junior Heat boys also earned a silver medal starting off the tournament with a narrow 2-0 loss to the BC Coastal Metro Soccer Champion Fraser Valley Selects.

Needing to win their remaining games to get into the gold-medal game, the Junior Heat upped their work rate and defeated Coastal Cup champions Port Moody 2-0 and the Vancouver Island representatives, Upper Island Riptide, 4-0.

The Heat boys faced Fraser Valley again in the gold-medal match. The Heat boys started well and gave a tremendous effort against a strong opponent, but would eventually fall 3-0.

Having beaten the Island representatives and the Coastal Cup Champions, the 2004 Junior Heat boys genuinely earned their Silver Medals and cemented their standing in provincial Metro soccer.

Kelowna United’s U18 boys earned a bronze medal in the Provincial A tournament. Led by coaches Kelly Sherman and Stuart Wright, the boys captured the league championship.

Competition was fierce and their numbers were dwindling due to travel, fatigue and injuries. Port Moody, who won the tournament, proved a formidable opponent.

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