Bays join World Cup festivities

Five girls with Bays United soccer club will take part in Women's World Cup ceremonies in Vancouver

  • Jun. 11, 2015 10:00 a.m.
Bays United players Sophie Hayes

Bays United players Sophie Hayes

A half dozen Bays United players will soon have a place on soccer’s biggest stage.

The Lower Island Soccer Association will provide the player escort team during the final match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup July 5 in Vancouver.

“We are excited to give 22 Lower Island Soccer Association players the dream of a lifetime,” said Tim Satterford, LISA president.  “We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality soccer experience in our community and this definitely meets the criteria.”

Bays United Football Club’s Alice Pilling, Naomi Hogg, Sophie Hayes, Molly Andulajevic, Audrey Compton and Cate Pontefract were among the 22 Lower Island players chosen from the close to 1,400 eligible female players in Canada between the ages of six and 10.

The players have been given training to take part as escorts in the opening ceremony at BC Place on July 5. The girls will walk out hand-in-hand with the starting lineup of the competing nations in the final game before enjoying the match with other youth program participants.