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.