NICHOLAS MITCHELL OF the Riptide (left) vies with Saanich opponent for possession of the ball during youth soccer action at Valley View.

NICHOLAS MITCHELL OF the Riptide (left) vies with Saanich opponent for possession of the ball during youth soccer action at Valley View.

Riptide nipped by Fusion

Entertaining VIPL U14 boys soccer action at Valley View

Soccer fans were treated to top-notch action when the Upper Island Riptide hosted Lower Island Saanich Fusion on Oct. 13 at Valley View.

First place in the Vancouver Island Premier League U14 boys division was on the line as both teams entered the contest undefeated with 3-0 records.

After 70 minutes of entertaining soccer, the visitors – who finished second at Provincials last year – emerged victorious, 2-1. “Some games you win and some you lose, but it is the effort that makes champions,” said Riptide coach Bruce Mitchell. “This is why we play soccer.

Everyone I have talked to after the game congratulated the team on a great game played.  Games like this one provide the opportunity to improve and to get better as a team.”

The Riptide were in Victoria to play Bays United on Sunday, with result unavailable at press time. Their next home game is Nov. 10 against Upper Island Storm, with the match tentatively set for 2 p.m. at Valley View.

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