14 Strikers achieve milestones at nationals

A goal, a win and a shutout. Those are three achievements the Yukon Strikers U 14 girls team are taking back from the Soccer Nationals for the first time.

games, all one goal games the girls did amazing, said Strikers head coach Derek Parker. don get those type of competitive games throughout the year, so each game the play picks up a little bit.

Placing second last ahead of PEI, the Strikers finished the nationals, taking place in Mount Pearl and St. John’s, Newfoundland, with a 1 0 win over the hosting Mount Pearl club on Monday.

the first half, we didn have the intensity we had in the second half, said Parker. did really well to keep it 0 0 to half time. pandora earrings the game winner was Mikaela Ponsioen, tucking the ball just inside the post from 20 yards out.

The Strikers win, which was the first ever for the Yukon for U 14 girls, was also the first ever shutout with Sandy Dubois in net for the Yukon. With only a half dozen starts in net, Dubois was new to the position, but her play indicated otherwise.

was the one that blew us all way and kept us in there. We had possession of the ball for about 40 per cent of the match. the first win and first shutout, Ponsioen goal was not her team first. The Strikers scored in each of their previous matches, both in 2 1 losses, to PEI Summerside United and then New Brunswick.

Scoring against PEI was Hannah Milner, who was presented with hat from the hosting club for registering the first ever Yukon goal at that level.

my god, I just scored the first goal for the U 14 team, said Milner, reliving the moment. had a huge affect on the team. We were all screaming and happy. scored from about 25 yards out, getting her shot over the keeper and just under the crossbar.

Samantha Wintemute scored the Strikers goal against New Brunswick. Ponsioen got the assist, sending a cross field pass to Wintemute, who then knocked in the volley.

was exciting because the Yukon usually doesn score that much, said Wintemute.

The Strikers opened the championships with back to back 11 0 losses against Quebec Le Laser and Nova Scotia.

After going scoreless in four matches, the Yukon Strikers U 14 boys had little difficulty finding the back of the net to end the National Championships in Newfoundland.

The Strikers avoided last with a decisive 10 0 win over NWT on Monday.

was a great game for the guys; they really pulled it together for that last game, said Strikers head coach Ed Van Randen. pretty much took control from the start and at half it was 6 0.

could really see the difference in what having a club program in Whitehorse does. NWT doesn have a soccer club program like we have and our guys really overpowered them. for the Strikers were Luka Van Randen with a hat trick, plus Graydon McDonnell and Dakota Thompson, each with a pair of goals. Also scoring for the Yukon were Christopher Torgerson, Brendan Irish and captain Alex Hanson, each with one.

all played well, said coach Van Randen. scored nice goals. He put one in off his head that was a nice goal on a beautiful cross from Chris Torgerson. We were saying from the start of the tournament we reward a header with $20, so they were all pretty pumped to get a header goal.http://www.charmspandoraca.com the Strikers four previous matches, the Yukoners lost 22 0 to Ontario Red Lions the eventual gold medal winning team 3 0 to Nova Scotia, 7 0 to Saskatchewan and 10 0 to hosting Newfoundland and Labrador.

think they progressed really well over the first four games and the last game just came together for them, said Van Randen. thing that stood out was how much our boys came together during the tournament. If we could play games like this more frequently, we would really see big progress. It amazing what five really competitive games can do to a team.

was definitely a tough tournament, but we knew coming in to nationals it would be, said Strikers head coach Charly Kelly. in with 13 players, was a difficult for nationals. All the other teams had a minimum of 18 players. after four shutouts, the Strikers managed to get on the board, losing 5 1 to New Brunswick and finishing last on Monday.

Surprisingly, the Strikers led for most of the match, finishing the first half up 1 0 on a goal from striker Emily Dorosz just minutes in.

Though New Brunswick scored five second half goals, the indomitable spirit of Strikers goalkeeper Anna Janowicz kept the team strong.

was in net for us the whole time and with the scores that we had, not letting each and every goal get her down, it made a huge difference to the team, said Kelly. thing is every game she improved. getting mention were Strikers Emily Wilson and Jaylene Kelly, who were the team flag bearers for the opening and losing ceremonies respectively.

are two players who showed great leadership on the team as well as continuous play and pressure, said Kelly.

The Strikers were presented the Fair Play Award, given out by tournament officials to the team to show the best sportsmanship throughout the championship.