KEYSA Rovers U-12 Girls Bronze in Lethbridge
The KEYSA Rovers attended the Lethbridge Chinook Cup over the past weekend. The U-12 Girls won three out of four of their matches and received a bronze medal for their tournament play.
The team played against the Calgary MUSC team in their first match and played a defensive game and had a shutout in that game with a score of 2-0. The second match was against the Calgary WHU HEAT. A great even strength game throughout the first half with a score of 2-2. The second half Calgary WHU Heat caught a lucky opportunity with two minutes left in the game to pull ahead for the victory 3-2. The Rovers played the Lethbridge Tornadoes on Sunday morning to an easy victory placing them into the Bronze Medal Game.
The Bronze Medal game was the most exciting for spectators and the Rovers played against Coaldale Alberta. The first half the Rovers were down 2-1. In the beginning of the second KEYSA Rovers got a game changer tying the score with another quick goal within minutes to take a short lead only to have the favour returned by the Coaldale team. Play continued and both teams scored again moving the score to 4-4. Only minutes left to play with fast action on the field by both teams no one could break the tie. Regulation time ended and the game went to a shoot-out – the first for this young team and they held to true form and successfully won the shoot out.
The Calgary WHU Heat took the Gold Medal and had their toughest battle against the KEYSA U-12 Girls. KEYSA. The Calgary Victory took the Gold and Silver medal round out of the equation for the team.
“We are very proud of how the girls played throughout the weekend” commented their head coach Jason Wheeldon. “They dug in hard against teams that were bigger and pulled some great victories in heavily matched competition play”
All KEYSA Rover teams are back in action this weekend for Sam Steele Days with one of the largest soccer tournaments to be held in the Southern Interior.
An estimated 1,200 players will be taking to the fields at both Moir Park and Mt. Baker Secondary School throughout the weekend. KEYSA is the umbrella organization for youth soccer in the East Kootenay. They operate the KEYSA House Soccer Program (for ages five to 12 years of age) and Kootenay Rovers REP (ages 13-18) & Development Programs (ages 10-12), in addition to assisting/supporting Kimberley (Youth) Soccer and Fernie Youth Soccer Associations. There are over 500 players registered in the local KEYSA organization.
Pictured above: (Above Rock) Meghan Downie, Jessica Hansen, Montana Rouselle, Piper Standing, Amy Brooks-White, Maren Jensen, Avery Blair; (Below Rock) Olivia Dorogdi, Rachael Northey, Caetlyn Gray, Abby Lalach, Laynie Birmingham, Cheyenne Peters, Vanessa Gray & Courtney Wheeldon: Coaches Jason Wheeldon & Marcie Peters.