Home team fans cheered as the Riptide U15 Girls soccer team displayed its skills in the first home game of the season in Courtenay (the team is made up of Upper Island players) on Saturday.
Building on a win against Gorge the previous weekend, this decisive 3-1 win against Saanich, an historically strong team, adds to Riptide’s confidence as they head into a double header weekend against the two remaining teams in the league.
While every player rose to the occasion for a well-rounded team effort against Saanich, in terms of the scoreboard, this game was a highlight for Marine Harvest Riptide’s Ciara Halvorson who set her bar high with an assist and two goals.
Pleased with another win, Riptide’s coaches, Matt Laver and Lisa Wigard, are instilling a broader perspective, explaining that, “The maturity is certainly showing so far with this group. We have been having them focus on a specific plan for each game rather than focus on the results.” After all, commitment, not results, is what can be controlled.
Wigard’s pride in the players’ conduct is evident, sharing that, “They have done an excellent job so far staying focused, composed and confident.”
Those qualities matter off the pitch as much as on.
Marine Harvest Riptide 15 Girls play at home against Juan de Fuca on Saturday and away against UI Storm on Sunday. For more information, visit Riptide 2001 Girls on Facebook.