Marine Harvest Upper Island Riptide U18 boys soccer team continued their winning streak Oct. 16, defeating Nanaimo Storm 4-2.
The first goal scored within the first three minutes by Riptide’s Keir Schovanek was very “Connor McDavid like,” deking through three Nanaimo defenders. After the halftime break Schovanek tallied Riptide’s second goal with a bounce in his favour in front of the net.
In the second half the Storm fought hard and came back with two quick goals, tying up the game and bringing on the intensity.
Jaylon Grenier netted Riptide’s much-needed third goal with a low, hard shot that deflected off a Nanaimo player.
A firm pass from Riptide’s Liam Creek to Tyrone Wallas secured their fourth goal.
The boys were especially thrilled for this win as their previous and first league game against Nanaimo ended in a 2-0 loss. This was a great comeback for Riptide.
The ‘rock award’ went to Schovanek for a solid effort throughout the game. Coach Mike Rodgers said, “It was a solid defensive game, taking over momentum through the second half.”
The Marine Harvest Upper Island Riptide U18 Boys play in the Vancouver Island Premier League (VIPL). The VIPL consists of high-level teams from the Lower Island Soccer Association and Upper Island Soccer Association. The Riptide U18 team comprises players from the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Quadra Island, Powell River and Port Hardy.