Riptide’s Aisha Hunter-Bellavia (centre)

Riptide notch first home win

Riptide soccer club gets first road points of the season against top team

The Riptide U14 Girls soccer team was on the road again Saturday for its eighth game of the Vancouver Island Premier League season, playing its second match against the Gorge/Lakehill Thunder team from Victoria.

Coming off a tough loss last week and with only one of their ten points being earned on the road coming into this match, Riptide’s mental toughness and technical training would be put to the test.

The teams last faced off in early October, when Riptide outscored the Thunder 7-1 at home.

However, the Gorge/Lakehill team had been gaining momentum since then, resulting in a very close game against Saanich and a win against Upper Island Storm (the top two teams in the league) in its previous two games this month.

Right from the game’s starting whistle, it was clear that both teams came with the intention and commitment to win. Despite their efforts, neither team was able to find the back of the net, and the first half ended with no score.

With some strategic positioning adjustments to counteract Gorge/Lakehill’s style of play, Riptide came back strong in the second half, scoring within the first three minutes. That would be enough as Riptide won the game 1-0.

Throughout the game, Riptide maintained most of the ball possession, but the main story continued to be the team’s strong defence, shutting down most of their opponent’s scoring opportunities. Riptide’s keeper took care of the rest.

The Riptide U14 Girls soccer team, sponsored by Lacasse Construction, has byes for the remainder of November.

The team plays its final game of 2014 on December 6 in a home game against Juan de Fuca/Sooke. Until then, Riptide will continue its regular indoor and outdoor training schedule.

For more information about games and events, visit the team’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/riptide2001girls