The Comox Valley United Soccer Club U18 girls team played a top tier private youth academy team, TSS FC, Dec. 12 in Richmond. The game was a month in the making to prepare the squad for spring cup games, and to play against a top team outside their normal league.
The Comox bench had three substitutes: U16 callups Ella Ashfield and Sage Kotapski, and a goalie on loan from Maple Ridge.
Ten minutes into the game, CVU’s Kokeb Cooper received a pass from Savannah Meeres and snapped it home for a 1-0 lead. TSS evened the score six minutes later on a penalty shot. At minute 21, Comox captain Meghan Lineger found herself just outside the box, and unleashed a shot to regain CVU’s lead. Isabella Garrett made it 3-1 at the 34th minute when she one-timed an Alex Vinzenz cross with her left foot that beat the keeper short side.
In the second half, the skilled TSS had Comox moving non-stop, but their running paid off. At minute 55, Lineger received a hard fought ball from Spain’s own Olatz (Olly) Alveraz just outside the box and slotted home her second goal of the game with a left foot bottom corner cannon shot. TSS continued to press and made it 4-2 game with 30 minutes left.
Vinzenz scored in the 66th minute, and Lineger scored her third of the game at the 80-minute mark for a 6-2 CVU win.
Defenders/midfielders Keira Trevor, Merielle Campbell, Raina Hagel, Hannah Barrios, Sarah Banks, Sage Kotapski and Ella Ashfiend, and keeper Abbey Puhl contributed to the success of the game.
“These players were defending non-stop against some of the best U18 players we have encountered thus far,” a news release states. “Without their solid, unified defending, the outcome would have been completely different.”
The U18 girls coaching staff thank the parents who made the trip, and Adam Mooi for reaching out to TSS FC to help create opportunities for the girls to be challenged.