The L.V. Rogers Bombers senior girls soccer squad won three games, tied one and lost another to place ninth in the AA Soccer Provincials in Penticton.
“One of the best records in the entire tournament and still finished 9th,” said coach Jamie Spendlove.
“They were a little disappointed to finish so far from the top, especially when we should have beaten the champions in the second game. Tournaments are funny the way, though, and not always the best team wins.”
Spendlove was talking about the game played against Princess Margaret Secondary.
“We were all over them the first 10 minutes and it was looking good until one of their players scored from about 30 yards out to put us down one. We kept at it but again they scored from a free kick.”
The girls had a particularly rough go during the game, and at times it got violent.
“We scored about five minutes into the second half to bring us back to 2-1. Two minutes later one of their players was red-carded for punching one of our players in the face. It was brutal,” said Spendlove.
“We attacked in waves for the rest of the game with the other team `parking the bus’ in front of the net. We hit the crossbar two times. It just wouldn’t go in.”
At the end of the game Princess Margaret scored a final goal off a breakaway. They ultimately went on to win the championships. The Bombers’ goal was scored by Naomi Perkins and MVP was Erica Augsten.
Spendlove said the Bombers are in a good position to place better next year.
“We only lose three players next year through graduation. Our captain Erica Augsten is on a soccer scholarship to Lethbridge. We also lose our goalkeeper Keegan Paterson and another defender Calena Marchand, who are both off to university,” he said.
“I was extremely proud of the way the girls played through the entire season and really enjoyed coaching them this year,” he said.
Senior boys rugby:
In other high school news, the L.V. Rogers senior boy’s rugby team finished with a 1-3 record at provincials, putting them in 12th spot in the province-wide rankings.