The U12 Boys Rep team won a silver medal in the Okanagan Icebreaker Tournament on the Easter weekend. Pictured: Back row (left to right): Assistant coach Eric Sollid

Nelson Selects break the ice

Nelson Youth Soccer Rep teams kick start the outdoor soccer season in Kelowna.

The Nelson Selects had some great results at the 14th annual Okanagan Icebreaker tournament on the long weekend.

The U12 Boys won a silver medal, and the U13 girls brought home a bronze as did the U14 boys.

It was the first tournament of the season and U12 Boys head coach Allan Faraguna said all the teams did very well. They had teams competing in every age division, except U11.

Faraguna explained how the U12 boys earned second place.

“They stretched the field really well,” he said. “They moved the ball around and supported each other really well out on the field. And they put the ball in the net when the opportunity arose.”

Faraguna said their goal tending was “fantastic” with only three goals against in four games.

He said the U13 girls also played well, moving the ball around on the field and a made a good team effort.

Faraguna said the well organized tournament had a beautiful setting right on the water.

It was the Nelson Selects first time playing outside this season as most of the soccer teams train all year with the indoor soccer facility in Nelson.

“I think our players are doing a lot better now that they have the indoor facility,” he said, adding it allows the players to be prepared for early tournaments.

Lakeside fields in Nelson are expected to open around April 17.

The next tournament for the Rep teams is the May long weekend at the Kamloops Slurpee Cup. The Terry Walgren annual tournament will follow the weekend after in Nelson.

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