Isfeld second at Island soccer championships

Ice junior girls turn in sterling effort at high-calibre tournament in Victoria

THE ISFELD ICE: Front Centre Leah Cicon. Front row Delaney Carr

THE ISFELD ICE: Front Centre Leah Cicon. Front row Delaney Carr

The Mark Isfeld Ice junior girls soccer team posted a sterling second-place finish at the recent Vancouver Island championships in Victoria – a best-ever finish for the school at the event.

“The team would like to recognize and thank the administrators and parents in helping the team to finish off their season and attend both the North Islands in Nanaimo and the Island championship in Victoria,” a team spokesperson said.

A third-place finish at the North Islands gave the Ice a berth at the Islands in which they played against seven other teams in a round robin tournament. Isfeld’s incredibly early 5:30 a.m. travelling departure from Courtenay and 9 a.m. kick-off against Reynolds resulted in a slow start but by the second half the Courtenay crew dominated the play. Despite constant pressure the game remained scoreless.

Isfeld then easily defeated Dover Bay 3-0 and Claremont 3-1 to place first in their pool. The goalkeeping and team play was exceptional in these two games, giving Isfeld’s opponents few chances to penetrate their defensive line and enablING their offence numerous opportunities to maximize their goal-scoring attempts.  The championship game against Stelly’s resulted in a second-place finish for the Ice, the highest an Isfeld junior soccer team has ever achieved at an Island championship. “Congratulations on an excellent finish to the season ladies!’ the spokesperson said.