Morning Star Staff
Vernon Tolko United U14 girls stopped Victoria 4-2 Monday to claim soccer gold in the 37th annual Kamloops Blaze Slurpee Cup.
Victoria led 2-0 at the half before Emily Thomas scored on a direct kick for Vernon. Jayden Strachan carried the ball well up the wing and set up Thomas for the equalizer.
Strachan converted a corner to put Vernon in front, while Brianna Bobbitt assisted Kelsey Falk’s howitzer to the right corner for insurance.
Elena Gaskell and Falk each recorded deuces and singles came from Mariya Blades, Megan Sherwood, Kelsey Carriere, Makena Kersey and Keira Correia as Vernon ambushed the Fort St. John Northern Strikers 9-1 in their opener.
Danika Ariano was marvellous in midfield for game MVP. Vernon is coached by Felicia O’Gorman, assisted by Jenessa Moore. Sandy Kersey is the manager.
Vernon got goals from Falk, Correia and Gaskell in a 3-0 win over Kamloops.
Carriere controlled centre midfield, while Gabrielle Triggs, Sydney Bergman, Talia Quiring and Emilia Durfeld sparkled on the back line.
Thomas took MVP, while Ariano and Hailey Yablonski shared the clean sheet.
In Game 3, United brushed back the Kelowna Cheetahs 2-1 on snipes by Bobbit and Ariano.Kersey and Carly Southam turned in strong showings, while MVP went to Carriere.
The Tolko United U13 boys also struck gold in the Slurpee Cup, bouncing the host Blaze 2-0 in the final on goals from Jack Cotter and James Meeks.
Kobe Grant took game MVP, while Aiden Skinner and Cotter earned assists. James Cotter coaches the U13 boys with help from Dennis Berg and Bobbi Catt.
Vernon started with a 1-0 blanking of Terrace with MVP Ben Imrich nodding in a Grant corner and Skinner and Ben Morgan anchoring the defence.
In Game 2, Vernon shaded Abbotsford 2-1 with William Oordt-Bosman burying a breakaway attempt after a feed by Matthew Reich and Oordt –Bosman converting from Grant.
Kaden Funk played the game of his life on the back line for MVP.
Vernon battled Richmond to a scoreless draw in their third match. Oordt-Bosman was named MVP, while defender Luke Jones was solid.
Goalkeeping was shared between Reich and Liam Reid, while Brodie Fraser, Dawson Martian, Saajan Klair and Hayden Catt worked wonders in the midfield.