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Tigers Dominate on the Soccer Pitch; Earn Provincial Berth

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The SVRSS Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer teams battled for their spot in provincials last Wednesday (Oct. 9) when they hosted zones at the Swan River Rotary Fields.
Both coming out victorious, they will now head to Minnedosa in search of the championship title.
Girls
The three team tournament consisting of SVRSS, McCreary and Gilbert Plains meant that one team would receive a bye into the zone final while the other two would battle to earn the other spot. Because of season records, the Tigers were awarded the honour and were able to rest and watch their competition before the final game.
It would be McCreary that would face the girls and the Tigers would come out on fire.
“The girls really set the tone early,” said Coach Jody Williams.
It was Sierra Makasoff that would make the first strike at the back of the net and follow it up quickly with two more to earn a hat trick.
Kira Harris, Jasmine Rose, Ireland Staples and Mackenzie Lukey would score one each as well before Makasoff would send the final two blows and end the game with a 9-0 final score.
“(Before the game) we talked about how we’re at the point in our season where a loss ends it as far as where we want to go,” said Williams. “This was the start of games having a lot of meaning and they surpassed my expectations as far as their approach to the game. The fact that we scored goals was a bonus – they really played well. It was a really good collective team effort.”
With a week now to focus on the upcoming tournament, the team’s confidence is high and the stage is set for their success.
“I’m looking forward to the next two practices,” said Williams. “We have a significant amount of Grade 12 players and I’m really happy for them that they get to end their high school soccer career at a provincial tournament.”
Having seen seven of the ten teams in the draw previously in the season, the girls are well aware of what they’re up against and feel like they can handle what’s in front of them.
“It’s very encouraging for us because we didn’t get blown away by any of these teams,” said Williams. “With the exception of one game we only lost by one goal. I think the tournament weekend is going to be very competitive. Regardless of what the draw is, we have a chance, which is all you can ask.”
Boys
In the final game, the boys would grab ahold of the zone championship title and gain their spot in provincials.
Up against the familiar opponent in Dauphin, the boys were aware that a good start was required.
“We knew we would face a challenge even though we had comfortably beaten them twice already this season,” said Coach Paul Terry.
Straight from the opening kickoff, Austin Terry would start them off with Jordan Gray scoring his own shortly after.
Jackson Kurtz would make it three for the Tigers and giving them a comfortable lead.
“We were wary of letting the visitors back in the game,” said Terry.
Morgan Terry opened the second half which would force Dauphin to open up – only making things worse for them on the pitch.
Damon Steinwandt claimed a further goal before Gray and Morgan Terry would strike again. Austin Terry would wrap up the Tigers’ outstanding performance with another hat trick and they would claim a 9-0 victory.
“Dauphin’s only real chance came from a penalty kick,” said Terry. “Aidan Maksymchuk had been adjudged to have handled the ball, giving the visitors a penalty kick. Carnell Grandfield’s big presence in the goal was a factor as the penalty taker put his effort over the bar.”
Previously, the Tigers would face-off against Grandview in a very one sided match.
“It was tough to play against them respectfully as they are clearly not at the level required to compete at zones,” said Terry. “They offered nothing in defence or going forward. We did our best to show respect to the opposition by trying to keep possession, play out from the goalkeeper and build slow attacks taking up time.”
Once again beating the Tigers’ record for most goals scored in a game, the squad would count a total of 21 unanswered goals against the opposition with five coming from Austin Terry, four coming from Morgan Terry, three from each Gray and Wyatt Rose, two from Damon Steinwandt and single goals from Aiden Walker, Logan Grandfield and Jayde Strilaeff.
“It was a successful day with every squad player getting game time, several goal scorers and just, as if not more importantly, no goals conceded on the day, which is a credit to both our goalkeepers and defensive unit,” said Terry. “These guys deserve just as much credit as the guys whose job it is to put the ball in the net. Keeping it out is just as important and we did that well today. The back line should take huge credit for their part in a great season so far.”
The boys will now join the girls in provincials on Oct. 18 and 19 in Minnedosa and finish their season off in a big way.

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Jakki Lumax
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