For the second year in a row, the 2001 Riptide Girls team has earned top spot in VIPL A-Cup soccer. Wrapping up the final game of regular season play on Saturday in Courtenay, the Marine Harvest Riptide U15 Girls officially became league champs amongst the five Vancouver Island teams in their age group.
Riptide made their mark in this year’s 16-game season with an exceptional record of 13 wins, two ties, nine clean sheets, and a goal differential of 25. The second place team was five wins and 13 points behind. But that doesn’t mean Riptide had it easy. In fact, many games throughout the season could have gone either way.
Almost undefeated, Riptide’s first and only loss of the season came in the final game to UI Storm who showed up at the final matchup to make a statement heading into playdowns. After another tight matchup, this time Storm claimed victory with a 2-1 win over Riptide, earning Storm second place in the final standings.
Earning a bye in the first round, now Riptide has a two week break from games to prepare for the VIPL A-Cup Playdowns in which the team will have home turf advantage. After a series of single knock out games, the winner will represent the Island berth in the Provincial Championships in Burnaby in July.