The U11 and U12 Nelson Selects headed to Fruitvale on Sunday for a day of friendlies, coming away with some encouraging results.
Joining the pair of Nelson girls clubs were host Kootenay South U11/12 and the Kootenay Rovers U11 team.
On Sunday morning the U12 Selects had an easy go of it with a 6-1 win over Kootenay South. Emma Wheeldon scored three goals, Amy Hodgson a pair and Taylor Zimmer chipped in with one.
“Nelson dominated from start to finish and are really starting to show what they are capable of,” says U12 and U11 coach Iain Harvey.
The U11 Selects then took the pitch against the Kootenay Rovers. In their first year of rep soccer, the young team came into Sunday having not managed a win yet this season, because they’ve mostly matched up against teams a year older. Taking on the U11 squad from Cranbrook, the Nelson side finally found some net success scoring a 4-2 win.
Notching markers for Nelson were Shaen Panko-Dool, Alex Renwick, Ruby Creighton and Haley Elias.
“It was fairly even until the girls hit their stride in the second half and their superior passing opened up the Cranbrook girls and led the girls to their first win of the season,” says Harvey.
The Rovers then had their hands full with the U12 Selects in the first game of the afternoon. Wheeldon scored four goals, Hodgson three and Zimmer one as Nelson clobbered their East Kootenay competition 8-0.
The day ended with the U11 Selects dropping a 4-0 contest to Kootenay South.
“We looked very impressive in the first half, conceding late in the half to a lucky bounce and some miscommunication,” says Harvey. “Although they were more than a match for their older opponents, tiredness and mental fatigue let Kootenay South score three in the second half, though I feel we still played a better brand of soccer.”