The L.V. Rogers Bombers can thank the forehead of Sofia Arcuri for their latest provincial medal.
A corner kick by Emily Taylor found a perfectly positioned Arcuri, who headed in what turned out to be the winning goal as LVR went on to defeat the Archbishop Carney Stars 2-0 and clinch bronze at the B.C. High School Girls AA Provincial Championships on Saturday.
Arcuri said she was just as surprised as anyone when Taylor’s kick sailed over several players to her teammate. “I wasn’t really expecting it,” she said. “It just kind of fell into place.”
The bronze medal was a hard-fought consolation prize after the Bombers failed to defend their championship. A 1-0 loss to eventual champs St. Thomas More on Friday dropped LVR out of gold-medal contention.
But the Bombers returned to the pitch Saturday determined to win a medal in front of a hometown crowd at Lakeside Park.
“It was a hard game to lose yesterday but this game, I feel like it made up for it,” said Arcuri.
LVR had the soccer gods on its side early on. A Stars corner kick found an opposing player, whose shot rang off the crossbar above the head of Bombers goalkeeper Hanna Quinn.
Arcuri’s goal moments before the first half ended gave the Bombers a lead, but they had to spend much of the second half protecting it.
The Stars pressed with several corners and free kicks, one of which had Quinn diving to stop and just missed the corner of the LVR net.
The game was sealed late when the opposing keeper slid hard to stop a run by LVR’s Mattea Lorenzo. That got her a red card, and on the ensuing free kick Taylor sent the ball sailing into the back corner for a 2-0 lead.
“Spectacular,” said LVR head coach Chuck Bennett. “If you told us we’d do this at the beginning of the year, we’d take it all day long.”
The Bombers had romped through pool play with a 1-0 win against St. Michael’s University and later trounced Nechako Valley 7-0 on Thursday. They closed pool play Friday by shutting down D.W. Poppy 3-0 before falling 1-0 in the semifinal against St. Thomas More.
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated Emily Taylor was fouled near the end of the game. In fact it was LVR’s Mattea Lorenzo.