The U18 Riptide girls team VIPL league winners. Photo by Darrin McLeod

Comox Valley U18 girls soccer team wins league

Mowi Riptide soccer teams concluded the VIPL regular season on the Feb. 15/16 weekend.

On the Saturday, the U14 girls defeated Victoria South 2-0 while the U16 girls lost 5-0 against Victoria South – a team they defeated 2-1 a few weeks ago.

On Sunday, the U15 Riptide boys — minus three starters from Powell River — lost 5-1 to Victoria West, against whom they face in the first round of playoffs this weekend.

The U18 boys defeated the U17 Lakehill boys 5-2 at home.

All teams will play in the VIPL semi-finals Feb. 29-March 1, and must win to extend their season for a chance to play in the VIPL finals March 8-9.

The U18 Riptide girls have qualified for the U18 VIPL final by finishing first in their league. They await the winner of Sunday’s semi-final game between the U18 Storm and U18 Gorge. In the meantime, the girls played an exhibition against Peninsula College during a trip to Port Angeles. Facing Riptide alumni Toni Powsey, Tommylea Dunbar and Madison Stevens, the U18s held the college team to a 3-3 draw.

“Each and every Riptide player performed at a very high level and rose to the challenge of playing collegiate-level players,” Riptide technical director Shel Brodsgaard said.

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