The 2021-22 soccer season is off and running.
Twelve girls on the Comox Valley United Soccer Club U18 girls team are in their grad year, looking to make the most of their last year in youth soccer.
Their season started with a home game against Nanaimo United. The players started nervously as both teams haven’t played in two years due to COVID. The fans were out and parents were excited to see organized sports being played again.
The first game went to the home team beating Nanaimo 6-1. A week later, United was playing the other Nanaimo team in their territory. Nanaimo struck first in the back-and-forth game. Well into the second half of the game, CV United struck back to tie the game 1-1, and that is how it ended.
On Thanksgiving weekend, Richmond FC hosted their 28th annual tournament to start the league season. It had four divisions: metro and divisions 1, 2 and 3. United was among four teams in Division 1. The first game against Okanagan FC ended in a 2-2 draw. Kassie Ackinclose and Meghan Linegar scored for United.
Linegar also scored in the second game against Richmond FC, a 1-1 draw, and in the third game against — Albion FC. Alex Vinzenz and Ackinclose also scored for United for a 3-1 win, and a place in the finals against Okanagan FC.
The final could have gone either way. Okanagan scored first but United’s Kokeb Cooper evened the score. The game ended 1-1, which meant penalty kicks. Okanagan shot first, and scored. Linegar shot next and scored. Okanagan missed their next shot, and United’s Isabella Garrett scored. Keeper Jessica Postle saved Okanagan’s next shot, and United’s Keira Trevor scored. Postle again came up with a save, and Comox Valley came out on top.
The coaching staff thanks the parents and family and friends who came out to watch and support their team. The U18s send out a special thanks to U16s Sage Koptapski and Ella Ashfield who joined United for this tournament.
“They were a direct contributing part to the team’s success,” a news release states. “We thank you both.”