It was a gorgeous day for a soccer game on Saturday when the Upper Island Riptide U-14 Girls played their second game of the season in Nanaimo.
Coming off a decisive win the previous weekend, Riptide felt confident yet knew they would be facing tough competition in the Upper Island Storm. With full on intensity by both teams, the first half of the game was a back and forth see-saw battle, creating an exciting show for fans.
About 15 minutes in, Riptide scored the first goal. Autumn Lewis gained possession of the ball at midfield, setting up a crossing pass to Abby Sexton who tapped it off to Sara McLennan for the goal. McLennan’s goal would be the first and last for Riptide in this game.
Storm came back with an unassisted goal from the top of the box shortly before the end of the first half, creating a tie game going into the second half.
Not long into the second half, the same Storm player scored again. Despite Riptide’s best efforts, they were unable to shift the momentum for the remainder of the second half, resulting in a more defensive game play.
Defenders Charlie Borrie, Sarah Bard, Rosie Campbell and Kayla Kalhous had their work cut out for them and earned their sweat equity throughout the game. Goalie Nicolette Vinnedge played a solid game, stopping numerous shots on net.
In the end, Riptide’s efforts weren’t enough this time and Storm won 3-1. The team looks forward to their next match up with Storm in late October.
Riptide U-14 Girls play their next game away Saturday, Sept. 27 against Saanich/Prospect. Game time and location to be determined. Follow the Riptide U-14 Girls team Facebook page for photos and updates at www.facebook.com/riptide2001girls.