The Nelson Selects are out of the running for medals at the Provincial B Cup tournaments in North Vancouver (girls) and Prince George (boys).
The U13 Boys took on Langley United in their third and final round robin game of the tournament on Saturday morning.
The underdog Selects gave the Lower Mainland squad all they could handle in the contest that ended in a 0-0 draw.
“It was a terrific battle against a strong team,” said U13 coach Kerry Dyck. “It was very encouraging to know we were able to go to toe-to-toe with the representative from Greater Vancouver. We were very proud of the boys.”
The U13 finished the round robin with a 1-1-1 record and will play in the five-six game on Sunday to conclude the tournament.
The U14 Boys continued to have a tough time at the tournament on Saturday. Nelson lost 4-2 to Vancouver Island champion Gorge FC to finish the round robin with a 0-3 record. The U14 will play in the seven-eight game on Sunday.
The U16 Boys took on a rough and tumble side from Campbell River. With a 1-1 record after the first two games, the Nelson squad needed a win to get into the bronze medal game.
Dylan Bennett scored on a penalty kick in the first half that ended in a 1-1 deadlock. In the second half, Campbell River scored two goals to go up 3-1. James Miller scored to give Nelson life, but they could not come up with the equalizer.
“We pushed hard late, but just couldn’t score,” said U16 coach Chuck Bennett. “The boys played great, it wasn’t because of lack of effort.”
The U16s will play in the five-six game Sunday.
The U17 Boys saw their chance at getting into the medals fizzle on Saturday with a 1-1 tie with Vernon and 2-0 loss to Terrace. Nolan Derosa scored the only goal of the day for the U17s
On the girls’ side, the U14s once again failed to find their scoring touch, dropping a 1-0 decision against Powell River. The U14s finished the round robin with an 0-3 record that saw the side score only one goal in the first three games.
The U14s will play in the seven-eight game on Sunday.
The U15 Girls also struggled on the offensive side of the ball against Tsawwassen Blues on Saturday afternoon. The defending provincial silver medalists came up empty on offence and lost 1-0 to remain winless (0-2-1) in the round robin.
The U15s will play for fifth on Sunday morning.
In one of the wildest games of the day, the U16 Girls were denied an opportunity to play for medal when the Prospect Lake Lakers scored in the last four minutes to force a 3-3 tie.
“It was an intense game from the opening whistle,” said U16 coach Justin Willans.
Nelson scored first after striker Aroha Taitini-Senchal was flattened in a run through the penalty area. Abbie Willans took the penalty kick which went off the crossbar, but she corralled the rebound for the first goal of the game.
The Lakers roared back just before the end of the half with a breakaway goal at first and then a rebound to take a 2-1 lead.
Due to some enthusiastic coaching, the referee informed coaches on both sides that they were to keep the chatter to officials down or they would be ejected.
Nelson scored early in the second half when Danila Bergendahl scored a rocket from te right wing over the Laker goal in the first minute to tie the score.
Shortly after that Taitini-Senchal caused a turnover in the Lakers zone, but was hauled down on the edge of the 18-yard box. Willans drilled the penalty kick for the 3-2 lead.
Midway through the second half, the official tossed the Lakers coach for too much talk on the sideline and five minutes after that Willans was given the boot for the same.
With four minutes left, the Selects took a penalty in close and the Lakers made good on their penalty kick to tie the score.
With 40 seconds left Shannon Oosthuyzen had a glorious chance denied by the Lakers keeper to keep the score even.
The U16s will play for fifth place on Sunday.