Riptide U15 Girls head into winter break in top spot in VIPL standings

Thirteen games into the VIPL season, the Marine Harvest Riptide U15 Girls soccer team remains firmly placed in top spot amongst the five teams in its age group on the island.

In what was another battle in the cold, wind and rain that players have had to get accustomed to over the last month, Riptide played Storm at home turf on Saturday to wrap up their final game of 2015 with a 1-1 tie. Both teams fought hard with Riptide ahead until the final minutes, when Storm claimed a late goal to even things up.

That was the second tie game for Riptide. Combined with the team’s eleven wins to date, Riptide relaxes into their well-earned and much needed two week winter break with a total of 35 points, 7 clean sheets, and a goal differential of 23. Riptide is the only team to have no losses at this point in the season.

Coaches Matt Laver and Lisa Wigard credit the team’s success to the players and their hard work. Additionally, to implement the team’s top-notch season plan designed by the Riptide technical staff, ongoing training support from Geoff Hackett and Ken Garraway has been invaluable.

After the team returns from break, the focus will be on reaching peak performance. With only three regular league games remaining in 2016, Riptide will prepare for tournament play. VIPL A-Cup Play downs begin late February, followed by Coastal Cup in April and, hopefully, A Cup Provincials in Burnaby in July.

The team will also head to the mainland in March to compete in the annual Surrey Mayor’s Cup tournament.

Beyond the standings, Marine Harvest Riptide U15 Girls have had to overcome some setbacks this season which has contributed to their growth, on and off the pitch.

 

Just Posted

Stone re-joins Campbell River Storm as head coach/GM

Spent half of last season with the BCHL Surrey Eagles

Removal of old Elk Falls parking lots underway

Already replaced by the new access to the suspension bridge

Campbell River city council won’t support cannabis license, citing First Nation opposition and ‘at-risk youth’ nearby

The third application to come before council is the first to be denied city support

Former Campbell Riverite reaches Everest summit

Clayton Matthews’ team got to the top of the world earlier this week

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Serious crash scatters pylons, closes highway lanes on mid Island

Crash happened at 1 a.m. Wednesday on the Trans-Canada Highway in Nanaimo

Raptors beat Bucks 120-102 to even series at 2-2

Lowry pours in 25 as Toronto moves within two games of NBA Finals

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

Christmas morning burglar sentenced on Vancouver Island

Justin Redmond Feusse, 20, sentenced to 240 days in jail for Dec. 25 break-and-enter

So, do you know ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’?

Ontario man searching for fellow he travelled with in Europe 50 years ago

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Is vegan food a human right? Ontario firefighter battling B.C. blaze argues it is

Adam Knauff says he had to go hungry some days because there was no vegan food

Most Read