Marine Harvest Upper Island Riptide U18 Shohei Iwamoto challenges Nanaimo Storm’s player to the ball.

Riptide swamp the Storm

Marine Harvest Upper Island Riptide U18 boys continue their winning streak with another win, this time on the road against Nanaimo Storm on Sunday.

The first goal scored within the first three minutes by Riptide’s Keir Schovanek was very “Connor McDavid like,” deeking through three Nanaimo defensemen. After the halftime break, Schovanek got Riptide’s second goal with a bounce in his favour in front of the net.

During the second half of the game Nanaimo Storm fought hard and came back with two quick goals tying up the game and bringing on the intensity.

Jaylon Grenier got Riptide’s much needed third goal with a low hard shot deflecting off a Nanaimo player.

A firm pass from Riptide’s Liam Creek to Tyrone Wallas secured their fourth goal which resulted in a 4-2 final score and another win for Riptide.

The boys were especially thrilled for this win as their previous and first league game played against Nanaimo had them defeated 2-0. This was a great comeback for Riptide.

The ‘rock award’ went to Schovanek for a solid effort throughout the game.

Coach Mike Rodgers said, “It was a solid defensive game taking over momentum through the second half.”

The Marine Harvest Upper Island Riptide U18 Boy’s Soccer Team plays in the Vancouver Island Premier League (VIPL). The VIPL consists of high-level teams from the Lower Island Soccer Association and Upper Island Soccer Association.

The U18 team is comprised of players from the Comox Valley, Campbell River, Quadra Island, Powell River and Port Hardy.