The local Riptide U14 boys soccer team travelled to Saanich Sunday, Nov. 17 to play VIPL division-leading Saanich Fusion/Prospect Lake.
The Fusion are a well-disciplined team, and after gaining an early lead with a well-placed goal, they held the lead for the remaining 65 minutes of play, despite intense pressure from the Riptide, who actually had more scoring chances than Saanich.
Coach Bruce Mitchell said, “While we all hate to lose, I can’t imagine feeling more positive after a 1-0 loss. The team played with heart, determination and commitment.” He added that this game had the intensity of playoffs, “… where one moment of excellence or one small mistake can mean the difference between winning and losing.”
Riptide continue play with a series of home games against older teams, starting with the Gorge/Lakehill U15 boys team out of Victoria. Game time is 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 at Vanier.
– Riptide Soccer