The Marine Harvest Riptide U14 Boys soccer team earned a 3-2 win over Saanich Fusion, Nov. 22 on home turf.
The Riptide boys were first to score in the 21st minute from Cameron Bell’s corner kick which Brayden Hues headed into the net. In the second half, Saanich equalized from a free kick outside the 18-yard box.
Riptide responded and wing midfielder Corban Collett used his speed and determination to fight off multiple Fusion defenders and released an awkward lob shot from the sideline. The Saanich goalkeeper was caught off guard and the ball drifted into the far corner of the net.
Eight minutes later, Corban was fouled in the opponent’s 18-yard box and awarded a penalty kick. Bell buried a bullet into the back of the net, giving the keeper no chance. Fusion fought back and netted one more goal in the last minute of the game.
Goalkeeper Delton Kruell was tested a few times throughout the game and was key (with the assistance of the defensive line) to the Riptide holding on to the win.
Riptide Coach Stephen Hall commented after the game: “The lads played well and won the midfield battles. This was a physical yet fair game with us outshooting the competition 16-8. We had some great penetrating runs which resulted in good scoring chances,” he added, noting his team hit the woodwork three times.
The Marine Harvest Riptide U14 Boys lead the standings with 34 points (11 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie). Next game is in Cowichan on Sunday, Nov. 29.