Two Riptide girls soccer teams won games on the weekend. File photo

Two Riptide soccer teams victorious

The Marine Harvest Upper Island Riptide U15 girls soccer team played long-time rival Nanaimo Storm in a road game on the weekend.

It was the first meeting of the year between the two teams. Both sides recruited several players over the season, which led to a new dynamic on the pitch.

The game started slowly with both teams playing cautiously. There were great battles up and down the pitch with both sides seeking opportunities to score. The first half of the game was scorelesss.

In the second half, the game began to open up. Riptide striker Kassi Ackinclose pocketed her third goal of the season to put her team up by one. The doors slowly began to open as attacking midfielder Alex Vinzenz made a 20-yard dribble to score her second goal of the season. As time ticked away, Kassi solidified the game by a late insurance goal.

The final score was 3-0, in favour of the Riptide.

Goalkeeper Chiara Levesconte earned her first shutout.

The team’s next game is in Victoria against the U16 Prospect Lake.

•In other Riptide action, the U18 girls hosted the Gorge – Lakehill girls at Pinecrest field in Campbell River on Sunday. It was the second meeting between the two teams.
The Riptide got off to a strong start, going up 3-0 on two goals by Camryn Cline of Powell River, and a long left foot goal from Maddy Stevens of Campbell River. Gorge pulled back a late goal at the end of the first half and came out strong in the second. The Riptide defence held strong and the team worked hard to score two more from two Powell River players, Sidney Elliot and Alexa Trevisanutto.
The final score was 5-2 for the Riptide.
The entire team had a strong game, bumping its record to five wins and no losses. Coaches noted a strong performance from Haley Wingert of Campbell River, who chipped in two assists from her left centre back position.

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