One blowout, one nailbiter

Local women’s soccer team reps do battle in Langford

Team Pink’s Janelle Smith

Team Pink’s Janelle Smith

Where Game 1 of Sunday’s Lower Island Women’s Soccer Association all-star day saw a demonstration of potent firepower, game 2 was a gritty match that needed a shootout to determine a winner.

Castaways-Highlanders FC’s Liz Hansen showed the flair of old, scoring three goals to lead Team Pink to a 6-0 win over Team Purple in the Premier-Division 1 opener at Westhills Stadium.

All the goals came in the first half, as Hansen, longtime teammate Mariel Solsberg of Castaways Highlanders FC and other talented players unleashed a barrage on their opponents.

“We had our goalkeeper in net; I had to score on her a few times just to keep her quiet at practice,” Hansen said with a grin, referring to fellow Castaways teammate Stephanie Parker.

“It’s a good kick-around after Christmas to get everyone out,” Hansen said of the all-star format. “It was a fun game. I think we came out strong early and just had some fun.”

In the second half, Team Purple carried much of the play as substitutions came in and the flow of the game settled somewhat. Neither team forced the opposing goalkeeper to come up big in the half.

Hansen’s output earned her game most valuable player honours for the Team Pink. Parker may have been in goal for the first-half onslaught, but her many athletic stops helped keep the score from being even more lopsided and prompted organizers to award her Team Purple’s MVP award.

Both players were awarded game balls autographed by all the players, as well as a plaque.

The Div. 2, 3 and over-30s players who suited up for the second match of the day put together a fast, hard-tackling affair that wound up in a 2-2 draw by the end of regulation and overtime. Team Pink scored five times to Purple’s four in a shootout to record the win.

Regulation time saw a pair of Juan de Fuca players thrust into the spotlight. Shayna Dry scored both goals for the Pink side, while Tory Van Tyckom matched the feat for the Purple squad. Both were named MVPs.

Association president Casey Tepper said the spirit of the games was positive, although several players were injured in the second match.

“The score doesn’t matter, what matters is the smiles on their faces,” he said.

The matches offered spectators a good taste of women’s soccer in Greater Victoria, Hansen said.

“I think the fans saw some good plays here, saw some goals and some good tackling and good passing,” she said. “It’s just a small bit of what Victoria has to offer. There’s lot of good players out there, and lots who aren’t even here today.”

Volunteers selling 50/50 tickets raised about $250 for the Mustard Seed Food Bank on the day, and  four large boxes of non-perishable food were collected.

 

 

Just Posted

Oak Bay Rotary Club member Lorna Curtis takes over as District Governor of Rotary District 5020 on July 1. (Courtesy Lorna Curtis)
Former Oak Bay recreation director goes international with Rotary

Lorna Curtis takes over as district governor on July 1

Elaine Kirwin in her Expedia Cruises office talks about the future of travel. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Sidney travel agency charts course through pandemic

Owner of Expedia Cruises in Sidney expects smooth sailing ahead once travel restrictions lift

Police are asking opponents of logging near Port Renfrew not to involve their children following additional arrests Saturday. (Black Press Media File)
Police arrest eight protesters including two minors near Port Renfrew Saturday

RCMP ask parents not to involve their children in Fairy Creek logging protests

Co-creatorsAdrianna Hatton and Malcolm McKenzie stand next to the little free library revealed Sunday at 9710 First St. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Literary crowd helps opens little free library in Sidney

Located at 9710 First St., the book sharing box features original art and reclaimed wood

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Most Read