Another great season with Idaho begins

Salmon Arm’s Jill Flockhart continues to perform well for the University of Idaho Vandals.

Jill Flockhart, soccer

Jill Flockhart, soccer

Salmon Arm’s Jill Flockhart continues to perform well for the University of Idaho Vandals.

In a game last week versus Gonzaga University, Idaho (1-2-0) exploded out of the gates, controlled possession and went up 1-0 on tremendous build-up when senior Erica Hart cruised up the right sideline and sent a pass in to fellow senior Megan Lopez, who juked a defender and popped a pass across goal to senior Jill Flockhart, who tapped it in.

However, the team later lost its intensity,  surrendering three goals in a 26-minute span, resulting in a 3-2 loss.

In their next match, University of Idaho women’s soccer knew coming in that they were facing an aggressive, direct, North Dakota State team, and they countered it with strong possession in a 2-0 victory on Sunday.

After a scoreless first half, Idaho (2-2-0) broke through in the 70th minute with the senior connection of Flockhart to Chelsea Small to put the Vandals up 1-0.

Flockhart slipped past a North Dakota State University (1-3-0) defender and left a cross for Small, who slid it under the diving goalkeeper for the score.

TED champs

Salmon Arm’s TED United finished as champions of the NOWSA Masters division with an unbeaten record of 18-0-2.

Under the guidance of coaches Alan Oates and John Wilson, United played a blend of skillful, silky soccer mixed with pace and determination, recording a massive 121 goals and conceding only 17 in the 20-game season. The coaches say the  veterans on the squad were supplemented by newcomers to the game who gave their all to make this season a remarkable success.

When addressing the squad at the wind-up, Coach Wilson said, “Not only were you successful soccer players, you were also a great bunch who encouraged and supported each other.”

Also completing another great season in the North Okanagan’s Women’s Soccer Association Masters Division were Salmon Arm Setters Pub, Shuswap Merlot and Shuswap Kaos.

Salmon Arm also had able representation  in Division 1 with Glenn Power.

Salmon Arm Observer