Congrats to Coach Kevin Slagboom and his U15 Girls for being an inspiration to everyone!
Lakehill/Gorge U15 girls silver AND Bays U15 girls silver
Coached by Kevin Slagboom (LK/G) and Domingo Martinez (Bays)
This week’s original Footballers of the Week were rained out as field conditions and concern for our youngest player’s enjoyment saw the 186 team U8-U10 MiniFestival get cancelled for all of Saturday. But not to worry there were still games played this weekend and Footballers of the Week were found on Oak Bay High turf on Saturday afternoon.
Parking was a breeze as the majority of fans waited until kick-off to arrive with their wet weather gear and warm drinks. The players and coaches were positively delightful and seemed completely unaware of the approaching storm. I believe both teams said storm, what storm? We’ve got a LISA Cup Game to play!
The weather was a mix of everything from wind, rain and even a small amount of sunshine. When the wind did pick up it was blowing directly into the west end goal. While the corner flags could not stand up to the wind the girls played tall and did not disappoint the fans.
Anticipating a Bays attack aided by the wind, Lakehill in the downwind side in the first half setup a 4-4-2 defensive shell to help keep the ball out of their net. Predictably, the majority of the play was in the downwind side of the field as Lakehill players struggled to move the ball against the wind.
At the 35 minute mark in the first half Bays opened the scoring by winning a scramble in front of the goal area, knocking the ball off the post before being slotted into the net.
In the second half, Lakehill changed their formation and went on the attack. Bays now were forced to defend the windy end and Lakehill pressured Bays in their end for the first 20 minutes. Bays rallied and managed to find players up field and move the play into striking distance of the Lakehill goal. Bays scored a second with a cross that was a well finished ball into the back of the net. Finally, with another attack, a Bays midfielder outside the 18yrd box and against the wind struck a long ball that sailed into the back corner of the net. Lakehill rallied and had some opportunities including some great corner kicks however could not find the back of the net.
A big thanks to the coaches who suggested the joint picture; the parents for supporting their kids; and the weather for not being so bad that the game couldn’t be played! The Bays 3-0 win moves them into the quarter finals of the LISA Cup.
Well played both teams. Three cheers for fall soccer!!!