The Whitecaps Kootenay Academy U16 and U17 girls soccer squads didn’t win a single game during their stop in Seattle on the weekend.
And Brett Adams couldn’t be prouder.
Adams, the regional head coach of the academy said the squads held their own against the toughest competition they’ve ever faced.
“To take a team that’s only been formed in the last month or so, to a tournament of the magnitude of the Seattle Showcase and to go there and compete with some of the best players in our province and in Washington is just unbelievable.”
The fact that every game was competitive is even more impressive considering both squads were mostly comprised of under age players.
Adams said the U16 team was made up of U14 and U15 players while the U17 squad consisted of U15 and U16 players.
“It just shows you how well we did for them to be able to go and compete and play a couple of age groups up,” said Adams.
The purpose of the Seattle event is to showcase players talents for university scouts and coaches.
“My job is to be able to speak to the scouts and link the girls and the scouts together if they are interested in one of our players,” said Adams.
He explained that not every player will get attention from the schools they want to go to but the fact remains that they are playing at the event in an attempt to get noticed.
“If they do catch the eye, there’s a potential they could go to a university that they didn’t even think about which is a great thing really.”
He said he’s “pretty sure” that some of the 17 year olds will have “got some interest going.”
As for the program itself, Adams said it may be a long term vision, but he couldn’t be happier with where they are now adding they have come a long way in a short space of time.
“The goal for me is to get us to compete with anybody.”