Bronwyn Sutherland (right) and the Nelson U14 Selects girls squad will challenge for provincial gold on Sunday in Kelowna.

Nelson Selects U14s in gold medal match

Stingy defence and timely goals has propelled the Nelson Selects U14 girls squad to the gold medal match

Stingy defence and timely goals has propelled the Nelson Selects U14 girls squad to the gold medal match in the BC Provincial B Cup in Kelowna.

The Nelson side started the provincial tournament Thursday with a 1-0 loss SurDel United (Surrey-Delta). The only goal of the game was scored on a free kick.

In the second game of the tournament the Selects bounced back with a 3-0 win against Quesnel on Saturday morning. Facing a must-win situation on Saturday afternoon, the Selects took out Tsawsassen Blues 3-1. The only goal against Nelson was scored on a penalty kick.

The 2-1 round robin record was good enough to earn the Selects first place in their pool. They will play the top-ranked Powell River Cobras in the finals on Sunday afternoon.

“We’re thrilled to be in the finals,” said U14 co-coach Paul Burkart. “We can play with this team [Powell River] for sure. It depends which team shows up. If it’s the team that played against SurDel then we might have a hard time. If it is the team that showed up against Tsawwassen then we should be okay.”

The Selects entered the tournament ranked seventh. Last season as a U13 team, the girls took fifth place in the tournament.

The weather in Kelowna tomorrow afternoon is expected to be 35 C by game time which Burkart said could play to the Nelson side’s advantage as they have a deep bench of 17 players.

Nelson sent seven boys and girls teams to the provincials this weekend. The only other Selects team vying for a medal will be the U16 boys in Aldergrove.

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