Carihi Senior Boys Soccer team played their league season opener against Timberline this past week.
The first half was a close affair with Timberline led by Ryan Cessford and Kellen Arnink working in tireless fashion to close the more experienced Tyees down. The opening goal was scored by Zach Tillipaugh who received the ball inside the 18 and fired it home.
The second half saw the Tyees score five more goals with the highlight goal being scored by full back Carter Colblenz. The goal was created when Coblenz maked a strong challenge just outside our the Carihi penalty area. Having won the ball he headed down the right side of the pitch and Cuts inside. From this position he hit a superb loft over the keeper and into the back of the net. Tillipaugh added three more to his earlier strike, and Kevin Shelswell finished the scoring as the Carihi team recorded a -0 victory.
Meanwhile the Carihi Senior Boys B team played a double header in their opening day of league play.
They opened up against GP Vanier and played to a 0-0 tie before winning the shoot out. Dayton Tatton scoring the winning penaly and Jesse Bourgoine Kennedy making some crucial saves.
The second game saw the Tyees B team play Brooks of Powell River. They came away with a 2-1 loss but they made Brooks work very hard for their victory. Josh Nelson scored a superb free kick for Carihi in the game.
Later in the week the Senior A team headed to Kwalikum and Dover Bay, Nanaimo for a pair of exhibition games.
The first game played in very wet conditions saw Carihi once again win 6-0.
The second game of the day saw the Tyees drive up to to the turf field in Nanaimo for their encounter with Dover Bay.
Once again Carihi passed the ball around with confidence and intelligence. The first half was dominated by Carihi and only some outstanding goalkeeping from the Dover Bay keeper kept the scores level. The goals did arrive with in the second half with Tillapaugh scoring the first after some neat play on the top of the 18 where he lost the defender and struck the ball firmly into the roof of the net. Victory was confirmed when a late corner from Shelswell was met on the volley by Kroetch from six yards out.
Today and Saturday, Carihi hosts the Fall Classic. This is the first of two Tournaments hosted by Carihi this season.
Teams in the upcoming tournament are Carihi A, Pemberton and Credo Christian from the mainland, Glenlyon, Kwalikum, Mark Isfeld and Alberni. Carihi play at 10am and 1:30pm on Friday and conclude group play Saturday at 10am. The final and consolation start at 1pm.