The Marine Harvest U14 Boys Upper Island Riptide have started their soccer season strong with three straight wins.
On Sept. 12, Delton Kruell posted a clean sheet as the Riptide defeated Victoria team Bays/PFC 7-0. The Riptide penetrated into the attacking third with their speedy attacking midfielders (Corbin Collett, Spencer Fleming, Cameron Bell, Alonso Cortez, Corson Arbour) and fast strikers (Fergus Hall, Brayden Hues).
The following day’s match against Nanaimo’s Storm was exciting with the Riptide winning 4-0. Nerves were high prior to the match due to much of the Storm’s team being comprised of players who went to the Provincials this past summer on the U13 team. Tyler Griffith played an outstanding game in goal and made many crucial saves including a penalty kick.
Jakob Tortorelli, Joshua Kalhous, Macyn Leopkey Johnson, Scott Gilfillan, made up a formidable defensive line. The holding midfielders (Sam Purcell and Andrew Petrovcic) controlled the pace of the game with crisp passing and beautiful through balls.
Over the weekend, goals were scored by Fergus Hall, Cameron Bell, Sam Purcell, Corban Collett, Alonso Cortez, Brayden Hues, and Tyler Griffith. The team was missing Jackson Bowles and Jerod Timothy due to injuries that first weekend.
This past Sunday the Riptide defeated Victoria team Saanich Fusion/Prospect Lake 6-2 in Campbell River. Despite heavy rain and high winds, striker Fergus Hall was unstoppable with a hat trick, and in the second half two more goals were scored by Jerod Timothy and one by Corbin Collett.
Coach Steve Hall was happy with the boys’ game: “To a boy they all played hard…they were able to execute penetrating passes through good build up.”