Carihi’s girls soccer team enjoyed more success as it won the ninth annual Intersport Invitation last week.
The Tyees’ first game saw a comfortable 8-0 win over Port Hardy Secondary. Their second game saw an encounter with North Island Secondary School from Port McNeill and once again the Tyees recorded a solid victory with a score of 4-0. Meanwhile, on the other side of the draw, Brooks of Powell River also progressed to the final.
The meeting of Carihi and Brooks brought the only undefeated teams in the High School North Division together. Carihi was due to play Brooks at home on Wednesday but this game was to count as a “double header” and act as both the Cup Final and the final league game of the season.
Brooks started as the stronger team and had the Tyees under pressure early but Tyee keeper Haley Craddock was alert and took charge whenever the ball entered her six yard area.
The second half saw a much stronger performance from the Carihi team. Their movement was improved and the speed of their passing increased. In doing this they were able to create more space than in the first half and they began to take control of the game.
As the game was heading to penalties a flowing move from Carihi saw Eilidh “Razza” Rasmussen score the first goal. With only minutes left Brooks pushed on to try and tie the game. This left some space at the back and Selena Lasota was quick to exploit the space and scored a second goal with seconds remaining.
It was a thrilling win in a very enjoyable game of soccer where both teams played very well. Carihi would like to acknowledge Jonathan at Intersport for his continued support and the grounds staff at SD 72. The Tyees have completed their regular season play, which saw them go undefeated with six wins. The North Island Championship is Monday, May 6 at Carihi with the semi-finals at 11:30 a.m. and the finals at 3:30 p.m.